Maggie MacNeil, Penny Oleksiak, Among 24 Canadians for May’s Mare Nostrum

Swimming Canada has entered a roster of 10 women and 14 men for the upcoming Mare Nostrum tour. The list includes Olympic gold medalists Maggie MacNeil and Penny Oleksiak among a list of both young up-and-comers and veterans.

Notably absent are the country’s newest World Record holder, 16-year-old Summer McIntosh, who trains in Florida, and the country’s best backstroker Kylie Masse, who trains in Spain (which hosts a stop on the three-meet tour). Josh Liendo, the country’s top male swimmer, is also absent from the roster.

While Oleksiak has entered a number of meets over the last year, she hasn’t raced since the 2022 World Championships while continuing to rehab from knee surgery last year. In spite of skipping the World Championship Trials, Swimming Canada named her to the team for Fukuoka earlier this month.

All but six of the 24 headed to the Mare Nostrum are part of Canada’s 31-member roster for the upcoming World Aquatics Championships. Among the exceptions are Stephen Calkins, who was on the Commonwealth Games team last year, a group from the University of Calgary Swim Club, and Tokyo 2020 Olympian Cole Pratt.

This is the biggest national group committed from one country so far, alongside names like Cate Campbell of Australia, Lara van Niekerk and Chad le Clos of South Africa, Szebasztian Szabo of Hungary, Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands, Masiuk Ksawery of Poland, Sarah Sjostrom of the Sweden, Noe Ponti of Switzerland, and Michael Andrew and Lydia Jacoby of the United States.

Meet-by-meet schedules:

2023 2024
Canet May 13-14 May 25-26
Barcelona May 17-18 May 29-30
Monaco May 20-21 June 1-2

There will be at least $150,000 in prize money up for grabs this week among the three meets.

MacNeil, Margaret Olympic Champion 2021 –  100 fly 

World Champion 2022 –  100 fly

World Record holder short course 50 back, 100 fly

Oleksiak, Penny Olympic Champion 2016

Multiple Olympic Medalist 2016, 2021

Multiple World Championship Medalist

Wilm, Ingrid Winner of Mare Nostrum Tour 2022

World Championships Medalist

Jansen, Ella Commonwealth Games Medalist

Junior Pan Pacs Medalist

Savard, Katerine Olympic Medalist 2016, 2021

Multiple World Championship Medalist

Three time Olympian 2012, 2016, 2021

Harvey, Mary-Sophie Olympian 2021

World Championships Finalist

Multiple World Championship Medalist

Henderson, Hanna World Junior Championships Medalist 
Douthwright, Brooklyn World Junior Championships Finalist 
O’Croinin, Emma World Championships Finalist

World Junior Championships Finalist 

Angus, Sophie World Championships Finalist 



Acevedo, Javier Two time Olympian 2016, 2021

World SC Medalist

Multiple World Championship Medalist

Multiple Commonwealth Games Medalist

Knox, Finlay Olympian 2021

World SC Medalist 2022

Multiple Commonwealth Games Medalist

Kharun, Ilya World SC Medalist 2022

World Junior Record Holder 100 fly

Gaziev, Ruslan Olympian 2021

World SC Medalist 2022

Multiple Commonwealth Games Medalist

Calkins, Stephen Commonwealth Games 2022

Pan Am Games Team member 

Fullum-Huot, Edouard


Canadian National Champion

Pan Am Games Team Member 

Dergousoff, James Canadian National Champion

Pan Am Games Team Member 

Taivassalo, Brayden Canadian National Champion

Pan Am Games Team Member

Canadian Junior Pan Pacs Team member 

Wigginton, Lorne Canadian Junior Pan Pacs Team member 
Dardis, Paul Canadian Junior Pan Pacs Team member 
Norman, Aiden Canadian Junior Pan Pacs Team member 
Tierney, Blake Canadian University Championships multi medalist 2021, 2022
Weaver, Liam Canadian Nationalist 
Pratt, Cole Olympian 2021 

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10 months ago

Is Yuri Kisil retired from swimming?

10 months ago

I think Javier just said in the podcast on here that he wasn’t going.

Reply to  Joel
10 months ago

He’s doing the training camp but not the meets

10 months ago

No Liendo as well.

10 months ago

No ruck?

Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

Greg Meehan destroys his swimmers

Reply to  Bryan
10 months ago

She couldn’t even make the B final of the 100free at NCAAs so something went wrong. Probably needs to rest and get out of Palo Alto asap.

Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

I guess a change of plans for Taylor as I believe she was quoted just before the Canadian Trials that she would join the team at the Mare Nostrum.

Reply to  Riser
10 months ago

Could Barcelona with Titley be where she’s headed next?

10 months ago

I know Cole Pratt is bouncing back from shoulder issues, so I trust he’ll return to speed eventually, but very surprised they’re bringing him along here given his best swim this season across four meets is a 58-second 100 back (less than a second faster than 1st & 2nd place Canadian women in that event at trials).

Maybe John A. knows something we don’t about his recovery trajectory, but unless he’s ready to obliterate his trials results just six weeks later, picking him for this tour over guys like Raben Domann, Tristan Jankovics, or others who put up respectable times at trials is going to look pretty silly.

Reply to  OldManSwims
10 months ago

what a stupid comment

10 months ago

What’s the line in Vegas on if oleksiak actually competes vs just going for the free trip on Swimming Canada‘s dime?

Reply to  Justanopinion
10 months ago

The fact that Penny entered into a couple of meets this year (before scratching) leads me to believe she must be pretty close to feeling healthy enough to race, I guess just not quite in time for trials. I’d be surprised to see her still not racing through these meets.

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