Swimming Canada has announced a 14-swimmer team for the 2017 World Junior Championships. The meet will be held from August 23rd-28th in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States and include most of the best male swimmers aged 15-18 and female swimmers aged 14-17 in the world.
While the meet is designed to be the best-of-the-best junior in the world, countries often hold back their pre-eminent swimmers to preserve their focus for senior meets. But this year, with a month from the senior championships in Budapest in July to the junior championships, and such a short-haul flight south, Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak will be among the Canadians representing at the meet. Oleksiak won 4 medals at the 2016 Olympic Games, including an individual gold in the 100 free and individual silver in the 100 fly.
Double Olympic relay medalist Taylor Ruck, who lives in the United States, will also be on the team, as will senior World Championship team members Kayla Sanchez and rebecca Smith.
Canada won 12 medals at the last edition of the World Junior Championships in 2015, with Ruck winning gold in the 100 and 200 free, and Oleksiak taking silver in the 50 and 100 fly and 100 free.
Ben Titley‘s performance group from Ontario is responsible for 3 of the above-mentioned athletes (Smith, Sanchez, and Oleksiak). Two other coaches have put a pair on the squad: Brad Dingey sends swimmers Jade Hannah and Faith Knelson from his NextGen Victoria squad at Island Swimming; while Sean Baker will send sisters Mabel Zavaros and Rosie Zavaros from the Oakville Aquatic Club.
Dingey is being sent on the team coaching staff for his efforts, as are Tina Hoeben and Dave Johnson.
See the full roster, including staff, below:
Indianapolis 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships
|Team||Last Name, First Name||Club||Coach|
|1||GAZIEV, Ruslan||Etobicoke Swim Club||Kevin Thorburn|
|2||HANNAH, Jade||Island Swimming Club/NextGen-VIC||Brad Dingey|
|3||KNELSON, Faith||Island Swimming Club/NextGen-VIC||Brad Dingey|
|4||KWAN, Victoria||Markham Aquatic Club||Robert Novak|
|5||LEFRANC, Jaren||Kisu Swim Club||Tina Hoeben|
|6||MASTROMATTEO, Gabe||Kenora Swimming||Jenet Hyslop|
|7||OLEKSIAK, Penny||Toronto Swim Club/HPC-ON||Ben Titley|
|8||PAVICEVIC, Katja||Toronto Swim Club||Bill O’Toole|
|9||PRATT, Alexander||Cascade Swim Club||Dave Johnson|
|10||RUCK, Taylor||Unattached Canada||Kevin Zacher|
|11||SANCHEZ, Kayla Noelle||Ajax Aquatic Club/HPC-ON||Ben Titley|
|12||SMITH, Rebecca||Scarborough Swim Club/HPC-ON||Ben Titley|
|13||ZAVAROS, Mabel||Oakville Aquatic Club||Sean Baker|
|14||ZAVAROS, Rosie||Oakville Aquatic Club||Sean Baker|
|1||DINGEY, Brad (Head Coach)||NextGen-VIC|
|2||HOEBEN, Tina||Kisu Swim Club|
|3||JOHNSON, Dave||Cascade Swim Club|
|1||MCKINNON, Ken (Team Leader)|