CALGARY – The Canadian team which placed fourth in the country standings at the world junior swimming championships two weeks ago in Monterrey, Mexico headlines the Age Group Nationals set for this Thursday to Monday at the Talisman Centre in Calgary.

Canada’s world junior squad collected two silver medals and six bronze at the competition which ran from July 8-13.

The fourth place finish was a phenomenal achievement after ranking 26th two years ago at the inaugural world juniors.

The Canadian silver medallists at the world juniors were Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., in the men’s 200 backstroke and Hannah Riordan of Cornwall, Ont., in the women’s 50 freestyle.

Bronze medals were earned by: Tess Simpson of Cornwall, Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., Kendra Chernoff of Saskatoon and Riordan in the women’s 4X100 medley relay; Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse, Barbara Jardin of Montreal and Hillary Bell and Paige Schultz, both of Toronto, in the women’s 4X200 freestyle relay; Bell, Schultz, Gabor and Riordan in the 4X100 freestyle relay; Jardin in the women’s 400 IM; Reason in the 50 breaststroke; and Simpson in the 100 backstroke.

Reason, 14, also broke the Canadian senior record in the women’s 50 breaststroke

Races will be held in the 14 and under and 15-18 age group for the girls and 15 and under and 16-18 age group for the boys. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5:30 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday.

The competition ends Monday July 28 with five kilometre open water race on Lake Chaparral in Calgary starting at 9:30 a.m.

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