Smith, Savard, and Zevnik Highlight Star-Studded Canadian WUGS Roster

Swimming Canada will send a star-studded roster to the 2017 World University Games (Summer Universiade) from August 20th-27th in Taipei, Taiwan, including multiple NCAA champions and Olympians.

Among the swimmers going will be breaststroker Kierra Smith, who recently completed her last season of collegiate eligibility at the University of Minnesota in the United States. Smith swam both breaststroke races at last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, including a 7th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke.

Also out of the American collegiate system is a pair of swimmers from NC State – Alexia Zevnik and Mackenzie Glover.

Also from last year’s Olympic team, Québécoise Katerine Savard will head to the Universiade this summer. She took 15th in the 200 free in Rio and also earned a bronze medal in the 800 free relay. Kennedy Goss, another member of this year’s WUGs team, was also on that medal-winning 800 free relay.

The men’s side is not as deep, which has become a familiar ring in Canadian swimming, but will include Olympian Markus Thormeyer, who was on the country’s 7th-place Olympic 400 free relay. Distance swimmer Eric Hedlin, who too bronze at the 2013 World University Games in the 800 free, will travel to his second World University Games.

The team leader is Iain McDonald, while the head coach will be Vlastimil Cerny from the University of Manitoba – coach of team member Kelsey Wog.

See the full 2017 World University Games roster below:

Last Name/ First Name/  
Nom de famille Prénom  
McDonald Iain Team Leader/Chef d’équipe
Cerny Vlastimil Head Coach
Perry Mark Head Coach – Open Water
St-Jean Claude Coach
Pelletier Marc-Andre Coach
Last Name/ First Name/ Club Coach
Nom de famille Prénom    
Andison Bailey Perth Stingrays Aquatic Club Schrader, Brian
Bagshaw Jeremy Island Swimming Club – HPC Victoria Mallette, Ryan
Binnema Josiah Edmonton Keyano Swim Club Schoof, Derrick
Cote Tristan Etobicoke Swim Club Blondal, Mike
Darcel Sarah Island Swimming Club – HPC Victoria Mallette, Ryan
Dusablon Jade Club Aquatique Montreal St-Jean, Claude
Fournier Sarah C.N. Région de Québec Pelletier, Marc-Andre
Glover Mackenzie University Of Manitoba Bisons Swimming Holloway, Braden
Goss Kennedy Granite Gators Westphal, Mike
Guertin Philippe Club Aquatique Montreal St-Jean, Claude
Hanus Danielle Island Swimming Club – HPC Victoria Mallette, Ryan
Hedlin Eric Pacific Coast Swimming Jacks, Ron
Hill Rob Chena Swim Club Blondal, Mike
Keire Jacqueline Oakville Aquatic Club Disalle, Mandy
Loginov Alex Toronto Swim Club MacDonald, Byron
Ludlow Danica University Of Calgary Swim Club Blondal, Mike
Reilly Luke UBC Dolphins Swim Club – HPC Vancouver Johnson, Tom
Savard Katerine Club Aquatique Montreal St-Jean, Claude
Smith Kierra Liquid Lightning Swim Club Kremer, Kelly
Teghtsoonian Lauren Manta Swim Club Hainey, Tom
Thormeyer Markus UBC Dolphins Swim Club – HPC Vancouver Johnson, Tom
Wall Eli Toronto Swim Club Macdonald, Byron
Wog Kelsey University Of Manitoba Bisons Swimming Cerny, Vlastimil
Zevnik Alexia Pointe-Claire Swim Club Holloway, Braden

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6 years ago

Taipei is in Taiwan not Japan

6 years ago

Taipei is part of Taiwan, not Japan.

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6 years ago

Author redeemed himself with bold uses of l’accent aigu.

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