Sportsnet to host live webcast of World Trials

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VICTORIA – Fans of Canadian swimming will be able to watch every second of action as the country’s best swimmers compete to represent Canada on the world stage.

Swimming Canada and Sportsnet announced Friday that all sessions of next week’s 2013 World Championships Trials will be webcast live. Athletes from coast to coast will descend on Victoria’s Saanich Commonwealth Place from April 3 to 6 to compete in the trials, Swimming Canada’s flagship domestic event of the year.

The fastest swimmers will earn spots on the national team for this summer’s FINA World Championships in Barcelona (July 19 – Aug. 4). Teams for the World University Games and European junior tour will also be nominated.

Preliminary heats begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time each day of the four-day meet and will be webcast in traditional format. Evening sessions begin at 6 p.m. PT and will feature an enhanced webcast with commentators Joanne Malar and Collin Sood. Malar, a three-time Olympian, and Sood, also a former national team member, will hit the Internet airwaves with a pre-show beginning at 5:50 p.m. PT each day. The pre-show will feature interviews with swimmers, coaches and alumni.

Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane will be looking to qualify in three events at his home pool, while fellow Victorian Alec Page, the youngest male on Canada’s 2012 Olympic swimming team, is among the up-and-coming talent on display. On the women’s side, Olympic finallists Martha McCabe, Brittany MacLean and Sinead Russell will take to the pool in an effort to return to the world’s highest stage.

Swimming fans can bookmark http://www.sportsnet.ca/swimming-world-championship-trials/ to keep up-to-date with all the action. Sportsnet will be also hosting a dedicated web page featuring nightly highlight packages, meet wrap-ups and photo galleries.

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