Edmonton, AB – Canada’s top youth and junior swimmers are gathering in Edmonton
this weekend to take on competitors from Mexico and the United States in the North American Challenge Cup, Aug 7-9, 2008.

Canada is fielding a team of 64 swimmers from across the country to participate in this competition which is intended to provide our top age group swimmers in the country with entry level international competition.

Several members of Canada’s World Junior Championship and Tri-Nations Cup teams are taking part in the action to cap off a summer season of fast swimming.

World Junior team members set to compete this weekend include silver medalist Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., silver & double bronze medalist Hannah Riordan of Cornwall, Ont., double bronze medalist Amanda Reason of Windsor Ont. and double bronze medalist Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse.

“There has been a high frequency of competitions for our swimmers this summer; Age Group Nationals, Senior Nationals, World Junior Championships, and the Tri-Nations Cup. Many of our swimmers racing this weekend have competed in every single meet,” states Ken Radford, Technical Director for Swimming Canada. “We encouraged them to embrace every competition and every race. The swimmers have responded with times that keep getting faster and faster. This is really quite exciting heading into our next quadrennial.”

Competition begins Thursday at the Kinsmen Pool in Edmonton with preliminary heats starting at 9:00am and finals starting at 4:00pm local time each day.