Canadian world junior swimming team honoured at Summer Nationals

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WINNIPEG (July 18, 2008) – Canada’s national junior team which finished a remarkable fourth overall in the points standings at the world junior swimming championships last week in Monterrey, Mexico was honoured in a special ceremony Friday at the Summer Nationals.

The Canadian team 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.

Swimming Canada’s CEO and national coach Pierre Lafontaine says the performance provides a bright future for Canadian swimming.

‘’A great team,’’ said Lafontaine. ‘’And they’ve shown that again here this week by being very competitive and knocking on the doors for medals. These kids are going to be there for us in 2012. Anybody that’s older than them and lets their guard down will be in trouble.’’

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.

– Simpson in the 100 backstroke.

One of the big highlights of the competition was 14-year-old Reason breaking the Canadian senior record in the women’s 50 breaststroke. She clocked 31.25 to shatter the 31.57 mark set by Canadian Olympian Annamay Pierse of Edmonton.

The Canadian junior team will also be in action next week at the Age Group Nationals July 24-27 in Calgary.

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