Swimming Canada announced Monday the 31 names who will represent the Canadian flag at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, with the swimming competition running from July 29 through August 3.
There is one major change from Swimming Canada’s initial list of nominees for the Commonwealth Games, which was released shortly after the conclusion of the Canadian Swimming Trials in early April, as two-time Olympian Yuri Kisil will not compete in Birmingham.
With Kisil declining his spot, the door opened up for Stephen Calkins to join the team. Calkins had a brief two-day retirement before learning he was being named to the roster. Calkins will help shore up the Canadian men’s 400 free relay, having finished sixth at last month’s Trials in a time of 49.96.
With Kisil out and Markus Thormeyer not racing at the Trials, two names who have been mainstays in Canadian men’s swimming will be absent in Birmingham.
The rest of the roster remains intact, with the formidable Canadian women’s contingent competing including individual Olympic medalists Maggie MacNeil, Penny Oleksiak and Kylie Masse, plus rising star Summer McIntosh.
Taylor Ruck, who won a record-tying eight medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was notably not among the nominees when they were released in early April.
FULL CANADIAN COMMONWEALTH GAMES ROSTER
|First Name||Last Name||Hometown|
|James||Dergousoff||Christina Lake, BC|
|Rebecca||Smith||Red Deer, AB|
|Nicolas-Guy||Turbide||Quebec City, QC|
SWIMMING CANADA 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES STAFF
|Position||First Name||Last Name|
|Asst Team Leader & IST Lead||Iain||McDonald|
|Team Manager||Emma||Van Steen|