Canada Names 25 To 2019 World Championship Team


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Canada has named 25 swimmers to their roster for the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

The athletes competed over five days at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto vying for spots on the team.

The women’s team will be comprised of 12 swimmers, led by reigning 100 back world champion Kylie Masse, current 100 free Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak, and 2018 Commonwealth and Pan Pac gold medalist Taylor Ruck.

Women’s Roster

Women Event(s) Qualified
Kylie Masse 100/200 BK
Taylor Ruck 100/200 FR, 100/200 BK
Sydney Pickrem 200 BR, 200/400 IM
Kelsey Wog 200 BR, 200 IM
Mackenzie Padington 400/800/1500 FR
Penny Oleksiak 100/200 FR
Kayla Sanchez 400/800 FR-R
Maggie MacNeil 100 FLY, 400 FR-R
Kierra Smith 100 BR
Emily Overholt 400 IM
Rebecca Smith 100 FLY, 800 FR-R
Emma O’Croinin 400 FR

The men will actually send more athletes to Gwangju than the women with 13 making the team.

There were four who were added at the conclusion of the meet after not qualifying automatically with either a top-2 finish and FINA ‘A’ cut in an Olympic event or finishing top-4 in the 100 or 200 freestyle.

Richard Funk and Josiah Binnema were added for the 400 medley relay as winners of the 100 breast and 100 fly respectively, while Gabe Mastromatteo and Joshua Liendo (the runners-up in those events) were also added to the roster. Liendo also finished 5th in the 100 free, so he’s an option for the 400 free relay as well.

Men Event(s) Qualified
Markus Thormeyer 100 FR, 100/200 BK, 800 FR-R
Yuri Kisil 400 FR-R
Will Pisani 400 FR-R
Carson Olafson 400/800 FR-R
Tristan Cote 400 IM
Cole Pratt 200 BK
Alexander Pratt 800 FR-R
Jeremy Bagshaw 800 FR-R
Mack Darragh 200 FLY
Richard Funk 400 MR
Josiah Binnema 400 MR
Joshua Liendo
Gabe Mastromatteo

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I feel badly for the 7 women with the Fina “A” cut not going. Their time will come.


One female swimmer was well under the Fina A cuts in 3 events and was not included.

This conversation might be more valuable if you were to put a name on it…no need to be coy at this point.


Move along, nothing to see here. Andison, Hannah, Broad, Cieplucha, Hanus, Harvey and Seltenreich H had OQTs but didn’t come 1st or 2nd. I don’t think anyone was treated unfairly here, I just feel badly for them.

Coach Mike 1952

Like Pan Pacs last year, once a swimmer qualifies, can they swim other events at Worlds if they have an A cut even if they didn’t “make the team” in that event? Thanks for any input.


Nope. You may only swim the event(s) for which you specifically qualify.

Coach Mike 1952



I was unclear in my response…by “qualify” I mean top 2. Getting the FINA “A” cut doesn’t allow you to swim the event at world’s unless you’ve made your team (top 2) in that event. Sorry.


They can select anyone they want. They added those 2 younger swimmers as backups, not that I have a problem with that. But the Head of swim Canada coaching can select anyone he wants. The 2 added swimmers is proof of that. The NYAC swimmer did not make the “A” standard for any event .

ocean swammer

The FINA “A” cut is just a minimum standard, the real challenge is placing top 2 for your country. The better your country is in the sport, the harder it is to qualify. That’s ALWAYS the case in the US selection process: many, many swimmers make the “A” cut but do not go to Worlds, Olympics, etc. It just shows the depth of talent for your country!


You are right that is why someone like Ruck got on the Canadian team. Because she was born in Canada and new it would be very difficult in 2016 to make the U.S. team. Granted now she is better.


Those last two guys make no sense at all. Why not just have them do pan ams and world juniors. What would they swim at world champs. It’s not like the guys relay can afford not to put their four best swimmer in heats.


Mastromatteo will be a good backup goalie to Richard Funk. If Funk happened to go down that would wreck any chances of qualifying M4x100 medley and mixed 4×100 medley for Tokyo next year.


Good point about Olympic Qualifying this year…easy to forget!


The Men’s Canadian 4×100 Medley finished Last at the last Olympics that was with a better Fly guy who now swims for another country. So what result will occur?, not a good one. Only the backstroke 100 m made the “A” Standard of the 4 strokes, so since they are so concerned about the “A” Standard then the obvious question is why send a Male relay team?

Mrs. Swimming

Mack Darragh actually swam on that relay, not Santo.


Yes. Thanks for that correction. I also wanted to know from people who are more in the swim community why Swim Canada has this “A” Standard but they send male relay teams that are basically full of non- “A” Standard swimmers. Another example: not one of the Male 200 Free swimmers made the “A” Standard but they are sending a 800 M relay team. Why??? One of the swimmers was close but the other 3 Not, so what result are they expecting?

Best guess is to qualify a relay for the Olympics. Top 12 at Worlds last year took 7:15.95. Even if they miss top 12, they have a built-in taper meet opportunity to swim one of the next 4 best times to lock up a wildcard spot. Seems like a good opportunity if qualifying relays for the Olympics is important (most would agree that it is).


If qualifying relays is important . But if you finish 16th out of 16 countries, as they did in the 4 x100 medley relay in 2016, then I don’t see the point. And they aren’t any faster.


No Acevedo! Not that he deserved it but has to be disappointed that he made Rio 3 years ago but hasn’t progressed. They took two youngsters as alternates.


You are right. He did not “deserve it”. To bad. Talk to Matt about it!


Or maybe realize that he was injured twice this season and tapered for NCAA’s literally a week ago. Hard to do especially without the normal base of training he should have had. It was not a great year for him but he is not going to roll over and die because it wasn’t what he wanted/expected


I agree. The injuries would have played a factor in his training. The taper for NCAA’S also would not have helped but Taylor Ruck had a big meet and a busy NCAA’S. This guy is going to have young competition for 2020 with those 2 young swimmers , if they keep improving.


Taylor did have a good trials meet, especially the 100 back. The slightly longer turnaround may have helped a bit but overall I just think the lack of training was the main factor that hurt Javi. I expect he will do everything he can to make it to Tokyo. The fast younger guys is a great sign and will stop the current top guys from getting complacent. Overall it is good for everyone

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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