Both England and Canada have announced their rosters for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli, India. Note that each part of the United Kingdom, including Scotland and Wales, competes separately from England at the Games.
There are no big surprises here. The UK will be led by their unbelieveable backstroke crew comprised of Liam Tancock, Elizabeth Simmonds, and Gemma Spofforth; middle-distance freestyle stars Rebecca Adlington and Jo Jackson; and sprinter Simon Burnett. Spofforth, Addlington, and Jackson are all world record holders.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Great Britain won 23 swimming medals, including 8 golds. There, Burnett set a Commonwealth Games record in the 100 freestyle at 48.57, as did Liam Tancock in the 100 back at 54.53.
Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion)
Achieng Ajulu-Bushell (Ealing)
Robert Bale (Loughborough ITC)
Steven Beckerleg (Plymouth Leander)
Ryan Bennett (Stirling ITC)
Anne Bochmann (City of Leeds)
Adam Brown (Hatfield)
Simon Burnett (Tucson)
Richard Charlesworth (Hatfield)
Daniel Coombs (Loughborough ITC)
Ross Davenport (Loughborough ITC)
Jessica Dickons (Bath ITC)
Daniel Fogg (Loughborough ITC)
Ellen Gandy (CA Tritans)
James Goddard (Stockport ITC)
Francesca Halsall (Loughborough ITC)
Kate Haywood (Loughborough ITC)
Kate Hutchinson (Loughborough Uni)
Jo Jackson (Loughborough ITC)
Anthony James (Plymouth Leander)
Sasha Matthews (Nova Centurion)
Thomas Parris (Stirling ITC)
Roberto Pavoni (Loughborough ITC)
Keri-Anne Payne (Stockport ITC)
Stephanie Proud (Florida Gators)
Michael Rock (Stockport ITC)
Joe Roebuck (Loughborough Uni)
Emma Saunders (Manchester Aquatics)
Elizabeth Simmonds (Loughborough ITC)
Daniel Sliwinski (Gallica)
Amy Smith (Loughborough Uni)
Gemma Spofforth (Florida Gators)
Jess Sylvester (Nova Centurion)
Stacey Tadd (Bath University)
Liam Tancock (Loughborough ITC)
Becki Turner (City of Sheffield)
Grant Turner (Loughborough ITC)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (Bath ITC)
Richard Webb (Bath ITC)
Aimee Willmott (Middlesbrough)
Katherine Wyld (Nova Centurion)
The 2010 Canadian roster is full of swimmers that fly under the radar on the international scene. This includes Brent Hayden, who currently sits behind Nathan Adrian and Michael Phelps as the third fastest 100 freestyler in the world this year, and Ryan Cochrane, who won gold in both the 800 and 1500m freestyles at the Pan Pac Games. Anchoring the women’s side will be Annamay Pierse, who is the world record holder in the 200 breaststroke, and a very deep group of freestylers who should take some relay medals. Julia Wilkinson, the defending NCAA 100 free champ who also finished 4th in the 200 IM at the 2010 Pan Pacs, is a name that might be familiar in the US.
At the 2006 event, Canada won 16 medals, with the lone gold going to Mike Brown in the 200 breast. Brown is not on this year’s squad. Andrew Hurd, who won two silvers in 2006 in the 400m and 1500m freestyles, is also not on this year’s squad.
Genevieve Cantin, Saguenay, Que.
Ryan Cochrane, Victoria.
Scott Dickens, Ancaster, Ont.
Mackenzie Downing, Whitehorse.
Andrew Ford, Guelph, Ont.
Charles Francis, Cowansville, Que.
Brent Hayden, Mission, B.C.
Stefan Hirniak, Victoria.
Richard Hortness, Medicine Hat, Alta.
Benoit Huot, Montreal.
Barbara Jardin, Montreal.
Brian Johns, Richmond, Que.
Alexa Komarnycky, Etobicoke, Ont.
Audrey Lacroix, Point-Rouge, Que.
Lauren Lavigna, Burnaby, B.C.
Martha McCabe, Toronto.
Erica Morningstar, Calgary.
Tobias Oriwol, Pointe-Claire, Que.
Sean Penhale, Red Deer, Alta.
Annamay Pierse, Edmonton.
Victoria Poon, Lasalle, Que.
Katarina Roxon, Stephenville, N.L.
Sinead Russell, Oakville, Ont.
Genevieve Saumur, Montreal.
Katerine Savard, Pont-Rouge, Que.
Julia Wilkinson, Stratford, Ont.
Blake Worsley, Victoria.