Swimming Canada Names Rosters For Junior Pan Pacs, World Junior OW Champs

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April 12th, 2022 Canada, News

Courtesy: Swimming Canada

VICTORIA – Following a successful Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, and the naming of its senior national teams, Swimming Canada has also announced its National Development Team Program teams for 2022.

Canada will send 36 swimmers (16 males, 20 females) to the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 24-27. This will be Canada’s first international development team since the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in Aug. 2019. In addition, eight swimmers have been named to the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships in Seychelles Sept. 1-4.

“We’re extremely excited to name the 2022 Junior Pan Pacs team,” said National Development Coach Ken McKinnon. “The Trials was the first time most of the junior swimmers had the opportunity to race head to head at a national level. The swimmers didn’t disappoint here in Victoria.”

For the first time at Trials, Swimming Canada recognized a junior national champion in each event. This included a junior final for 18-and-under swimmers, with many winners coming through performances in the senior A final.

“There were two or three junior swimmers in most of the A finals and the racing in the junior finals was closely fought which helped raise their game while racing for a spot on the team,” McKinnon said. “I want to congratulate the swimmers, their families and their coaches on the work they put into their preparation for this selection. Managing a consistent training preparation through the pandemic with the restrictions in place was a massive challenge, so it was really rewarding to watch their dedication pay off here in Victoria at the Trials.”

The swimmers will also be invited to participate in two Vancouver-based camps in preparation for the high-profile development event, which includes competitors from Australia, Japan and Team USA.

The first camp will take place May 30-June 5 around the Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet at the UBC Aquatic Centre. The team will re-convene in Vancouver Aug. 17-20 before travelling into Honolulu for final preparations for the meet.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team in Vancouver. It will be a first National Development Team experience for most swimmers and it will give everyone involved an opportunity to learn and prepare for the Junior Pan Pacs,” McKinnon said.

In addition, Swimming Canada selected eight swimmers (four males, four females) to compete at the open water world juniors. These swimmers have been selected for the 10-km (18/19-year-old) and 7.5-km (16/17-year-old) categories.

The team includes Alex Axon of Markham Aquatic Club, who was a member of the 2018 team at this event. Axon finished fifth in the 14/15 age group at those championships in Eilat, Israel, Canada’s most successful ever.

“I’m delighted that we have been able to select a strong group of distance swimmers to represent Canada in the Seychelles,” said Swimming Canada Distance/Open Water Coach Mark Perry. “We have some really talented young swimmers with a good mixture of relevant experience and I’m looking forward to guiding them to success at the event.”

“With regard to the junior teams we were very excited to see great racing. The Junior finals were significant and we saw athletes improve from heats to finals, a key skill required in the international arena, and they were such a positive addition to the trials,” said High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson. “Having a full team at the Junior Pan Pacs and also the FINA World Junior Open Water championships will again develop our juniors towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.”

Swimmers for the 5-km (14/15-year-old) category will be announced at a later date. As there were no available swimmers born 2007 or 2008 entered in the selection event, Atkinson has applied his discretion to utilize the following process to select swimmers for the this age category: Swimmers born 2007 and 2008 will be ranked (combined ages) in the long course 1500-m freestyle for the period of March 1, 2022 to April 25, 2022. The top two ranked males and top two ranked females will be selected for the World Junior Open Water Championships.

Between the two junior teams, eight coaches have been appointed to the staffs – six for Junior Pan Pacs and two for open water world juniors.

“This is another great development opportunity for Canadian coaches from eight different clubs across the country,” Atkinson said. “When we announced our senior teams, we were pleased to appoint coaches who had developed their experience on previous junior teams. We want this pipeline to continue both ways – to develop a deeper coaching pool for our national teams, as well as for those coaches to bring knowledge, skills and experience back to their club programs. We will look to keep offering these and other opportunities to our coaches.”

JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

NAME – NOM CLUB – CLUB PERSONAL COACH – ENTRAINEUR PERSONNEL
Bezanson, Maya Etobicoke Swimming Novak, Robert
Brousseau, Julie Nepean Kanata Barracudas Faithfull, Scott
Cannings, Kamryn Univ Of Calgary Swim Club Simonson, Carl
Daley, Lilly N Markham Aquatic Club Mallette, Ryan
Ethier, Danika Greater Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club Allen, Jason
Finlin, Emma Edmonton Keyano Swim Club Birmingham, Paul
Forrester, Katie Markham Aquatic Club Baker, Sean
Greber, Jordan Grande Prairie Piranhas Dawson, Alex
Hazle, Kathryn M Unattached Canada/Nca-Si Mackel, Rob
Jansen, Ella Etobicoke Swimming Novak, Rob
Kilger, Lydia Pointe-Claire Swim Club Gingras, Martin
L’Archeveque, Alicia Univ Of Calgary Swim Club Simonson, Carl
Liang, Christey Edmonton Keyano Swim Club Birmingham, Paul
McMillan, Ashley Greater Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club Mallette, Ryan
Mollin, Nina S Unattached Canada/Acad-Il Meserole, Jeremy
Rathwell, Regan Greater Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club Mallette, Ryan
Schroeder, Katie Langley & Abbotsford Olympians Metcalfe, Brian
Vander Leek, Teagan Edmonton Keyano Swim Club Birmingham, Paul
West, Mia N Manta Swim Club Panizza, Tommaso
Willar, Megan Pointe-Claire Swim Club Gingras, Martin
Courville Fortin, Loic Club Aquatique Montréal Arkhurst, Gregory
Dagenais, Victor Club Aquatique Montréal Arkhurst, Gregory
Dardis, Paul Killarney Swim Club Meldrum, Michael
Dongfang, Bill Island Swimming Tontini, Dave
Dupre, Eric D Manta Swim Club Panizza, Tommaso
Ginzburg, Eric Ramac Aquatic Club Kourganov, Mark
Jankovics, Tristan Wellington County Waves Burton, Haylie
Loewen, Benjamin J Crest Swimming Arzaga, Wilfred
Matteis, Quinn Windsor Aquatic Club Burton, Don
Norman, Aiden Univ Of Calgary Swim Club Simonson, Carl
Senc-Samardzic, Filip Toronto Swim Club O’Toole, Bill
Skalenda, Charlie P Crest Swimming Arzaga, Wilfred
Taivassalo, Brayden Markham Aquatic Club Baker, Sean
Visscher, Hayden Olympian Swim Club Serediak, Lesley
Wigginton, Lorne Univ Of Calgary Swim Club Simonson, Carl
Wu, Yu Tong (Adam) Surrey Knights Swim Club Shaw, Reg

 

TEAM STAFF – PERSONNEL

TEAM LEADER – CHEF D’ÉQUIPE Ken McKinnon
TEAM MANAGER – GÉRANT D’ÉQUIPE Colleen Marchese
TEAM MANAGER – GÉRANT D’ÉQUIPE Lily Dong
TEAM MANAGER – GÉRANT D’ÉQUIPE Connor Michie
HEAD COACH – ENTRAINEUR-CHEF (WOMEN’S) Robert Novak
HEAD COACH – ENTRAINEUR-CHEF (MEN’S) Carl Simonson
COACH 1 – ENTRAINEUR 1 Paul Birmingham
COACH 2 – ENTRAINEUR 2 Scott Faithfull
COACH 3 – ENTRAINEUR 3 Tommaso Panizza
COACH 4 – ENTRAINEUR 4 Haylie Burton
PHYSIOTHERAPIST – PHYSIOTHÉRAPEUTE Andrea Nugent
PHYSIOTHERAPIST – PHYSIOTHÉRAPEUTE Brian Beckwith
RACE ANALYSIS – ANALYSE DE COURSE Elton Fernandes

FINA WORLD JUNIOR OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Name Club Coach
Alex Axon Markham Aquatic Club Sean Baker
Abby Dunford Sandpipers of Nevada Ron Aitken
Aidan Erickson Langley Olympian Swim Club Brian Metcalfe
Diego Paz University of Alberta Paul Birmingham
Olivier Risk Ravens of Carleton Nicolas Belisle
Naomi Slee Edmonton Keyano Paul Birmingham
Julia Strojnowska Canadian Dolphin Swim Club Kelly Taitinger
Megan Willar Pointe Claire Martin Gingras
  • Head Coach: Mark Perry
  • Team Coaches: Martin Gingras (Pointe Claire) and Dominique Longtin (CAMO).

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Sherry Smit
5 months ago

Once you qualify for junior pan Pacs, can you swim anything?

Melanie
5 months ago

I wonder why some were off form

Sherry Smit
5 months ago

Yay team! Can’t wait to see the future of Canada!