Team Canada’s Potential World Championship Roster Starts To Form – Only Six Swimmers Safe

Due to Canada’s complex Canadian Trials standards, there’s a certain confusion about who’s on the team and who isn’t based on previous results. We on Swimswam thought we’d clear up some of the confusion, and put up a potential roster.

All swimmers who have made the FINA ‘A’ standard for World Championships and finished either first or second in the championship final are included below. Another list indicates those swimmers who have met the FINA ‘A’ standard, placed either second or first, and met the ‘top 16′ standard.

The top ’16’ standard is a time made by Swimming Canada based on top 16 world rankings from 2013 +0.5 per cent.



  • Sam Corea – 50 fly
  • Noemie Thomas – 50 fly
  • Emily Overholt – 200 free
  • Katerine Savard – 200 free
  • Dominique Bouchard – 100 back
  • Hilary Caldwell – 100 back
  • Martha McCabe – 200 breast
  • Tera Van Beilen – 200 breast


  • Jeremy Bagshaw – 200 free
  • Russell Wood – 100 back


Note: Top ’16’ standards do not include non-Olympic events

  • Dominique Bouchard
  • Martha McCabe
  • Jeremy Bagshaw
  • Russell Wood
  • Dominique Bouchard
  • Hilary Caldwell

The six swimmers above are guaranteed a spot on the team considering that they’re the only ones who have fully met the priority 1 selection criteria. The others are fairly safe to go to Pan Am Games, but a spot on the World Championships roster isn’t certain.

This morning, three more swimmers met the FINA ‘A’ swimmer. Michelle Williams and Chantal Van Landeghem are the top two seeds going into the finals of the 100 freestyle, and were both under the mark. Yuri Kisil also did it in the 10 free. Russell Wood managed to better the standard in the 50 back to round out the four who were able to do it this morning.



Event Male Female
50 Free 22.09 25.02
100 Free 48.78 54.58
200 Free 1:47.53 1:57.99
400 Free 3:49.39 4:06.86
1500/ 800 Free 15:05.16 8:28.46
100 Back 54.19 1:00.77
200 Back 1:58.51 2:10.80
100 Breast 1:00.42 1:07.97
200 Breast 2:11.65 2:26.34
100 Fly 52.37 58.66
200 Fly 1:56.93 2:09.17
200 IM 1:59.22 2:12.98
400 IM 4:13.73 4:40.77



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6 years ago

Mitch Bowmile and Swimswam staff: Thank you for providing this explanation of the Canadian selection procedures for the Pan Am Games and World Champ Team; as a fan watching the excellent video coverage, it was very confusing to understand what was going on without this info. What I still don’t understand is why Canada decided they needed the “Top16” standard on top of the FINA A standard. As an outsider (I’m in the US) it seems like Swimming Canada doesn’t want to invest the resources to send an athlete to Worlds if they don’t have a reason to believe they’ll make the semi-finals. I don’t want to insult Canadian readers, but this doesn’t seem like a great way to help… Read more »

Reply to  Danjohnrob
6 years ago

We’re led to believe it will make for stronger swimmers at some point in the future. But the rules look a little too subjective for some swim fans here. It’s a bit of an elitist approach. Most people get the priority one. If you’re fast, you’re fast. It’s when we get to choices “at the discretion of” so-and-so, that some people start feeling uncomfortable. Sport is best when it’s entirely objective.

Reply to  Danjohnrob
6 years ago

What this post failed to mention is the amount of subjectivity involved in the selection process.

Here’s another perspective:

6 years ago

50 meter backstroke is not an oylmpic event and has no bearing on of a swimmer makes anynof the teams

6 years ago

Actually just 5 top 16. Dominique is listed twice.

About Mitch Bowmile

Mitch Bowmile

Mitch worked for 5-years with SwimSwam news as a web producer focusing on both Canadian and international content. He coached for Toronto Swim Club for four seasons as a senior coach focusing on the development of young swimmers. Mitch is an NCCP level 2 certified coach in Canada and an ASCA Level …

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