2013 Summer Universiade: Eight Olympians highlight Canadian swim roster

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Tera van Beilen, UBC

Tera van Beilen, UBC

Photo credit FrancoisLaplante, FreestylePhotography

OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, inconjunction with Swimming Canada, announced Thursday the 38student-athletes who will represent Canada in swimming at the 2013Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17).

Summer Universiade website: http://kazan2013.ru/en
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/summer/2013

Highlighting the red and white roster are no less than eightmembers of the 2012 Canadian Olympic team, including StephanieHorner of Beaconsfield, Que.

, Savannah King of Vernon, B.C.,Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge,Que., Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., Tommy Gossland of Nanaimo,B.C., Alec Page of Cortes Island, B.C., and David Sharpe ofHalifax.

MacLean, a University of Georgia student, reached the 400-metrefreestyle final in London, finishing in seventh place.

Horner, who stars at the University of Victoria, and King, thereigning two-time CIS female swimmer of the year from UBC, alsowore the Maple Leaf at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Van Beilen, also of UBC, and Sharpe, who swims for Dalhousie,are among 14 returning athletes who competed at the last SummerUniversiade in Shenzhen, China, in 2011. Six of them –including Sharpe – will make their third straight FISU Gamesappearance, a streak that started in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia.

No sport has brought more Universiade glory to Canada over theyears. Since the inaugural biennial competition was held in 1959,Canadian swimmers have won 98 medals, 21 of them gold – bothrecord tallies for the country.

Canada returned from Shenzhen with three podium finishes, all ofthem silver medals, including Van Beilen in the 50 and 100breaststroke events, as well as Hilary Caldwell, a former UVicstandout from White Rock, B.C., in the 200 backstroke.

“We have a really strong team, with 14 members of the FISUcontingent going on to the FINA world championships in Barcelonaimmediately afterwards. There’s a mix of experience andfirst-time senior team members on the team and we’re lookingforward to representing Canada,” said John Atkinson, highperformance director for Swimming Canada. “The event hasgrown over the years and is now an exceptionally high standardevent. It’s certainly played its part in the development ofmany Olympians. It is a great opportunity for these swimmers toexperience a world-class competition in a multi-sport villageenvironment, which will set them up well for the quad as we movetowards the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”

The Canadian squad heading to Kazan is comprised of 19 women and19 men, including 30 student-athletes from CIS universities, fivefrom NCAA schools and three from the Quebec Cegep system.

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues lead the way with sixselections. UBC, UVic and Calgary follow with five representativesapiece.

The Universiade swimming competition runs from July 10-17. TheFINA world championships in Barcelona follow from July 28 to August4.

NOTES: Kelly Aspinall of Nanoose Bay, B.C., wrapped up hisexceptional university career at UBC this season with CISmale-swimmer-of-the-year honours… Gossland, his former teammateat UBC, had claimed the award in 2011-12… Canada had its bestUniversiade performance in swimming at the 1993 games in Buffalo,USA, where the team captured 15 medals, six of them gold… TheCanucks’ second best tallies came in Sheffield, England, in1991 and in Edmonton in 1983 as they claimed three victories and 14medals on both occasions.

TEAM CANADAROSTER

WOMEN

Name – School – Hometown – SelectedEvents

Katie Caldwell McGill WhiteRock, B.C. 200 IM
GenevièveCantin Laval Jonquière,Que. 200 Back
Lindsay Delmar Calgary Calgary,Alta. 200 Free
Jade Dusablon Ste-Foy (Cegep) Quebec City,Que. Open Water
Alisha Harricharan Guelph Brampton,Ont. 100 Fly
Stephanie Horner Victoria Beaconsfield,Que. 200 Fly
Savannah King UBC Vernon,B.C. 400-800 Free
Caroline Lapierre-Lemire UQTR Rouyn-Noranda,Que. 50-100 Free
Brittany MacLean Georgia Etobicoke,Ont. 200-400 Free
Sandrine Mainville Ed.-Montpetit(Cegep) Boucherville, Que. 50-100 Free
Heather Maitland Toronto Toronto,Ont. 800 Free – OW
Ashley McGregor Texas A&M Pointe-Claire,Que. 200 Breast
Marni Oldershaw Michigan Oakville,Ont. 400 IM
TiannaRissling Calgary Redcliff,Alta. 100 Br 400 IM
Katerine Savard Ste-Foy (Cegep) Cap-Rouge,Que. 100-200 Fly
Paige Schultz Toronto Toronto,Ont. 200 IM
Brooklyn Snodgrass Indiana Calgary,Alta. 100 Back
Gabrielle Soucisse Montreal Montreal,Que. 100-200 Back
Tera Van Beilen UBC Oakville,Ont. 100-200 Breast

Previous Universiade Experience
2011: Delmar, Mainville, Maitland, Schultz, Van Beilen
2009: Maitland

MEN

Coleman Allen UBC Barrie,Ont. 200 Free 100 Fly
Kelly Aspinall UBC Nanoose Bay,B.C. 50 Free 100 Back
StevenBielby McGill Pointe-Claire,Que. 200-400 IM
Jason Block Calgary Calgary,Alta. 100-200 Breast
Will Brothers Victoria Victoria,B.C. 1500 Free
Zack Chetrat Toronto Oakville,Ont. 200 Fly
Xavier Desharnais Montreal Sherbrooke,Que. Open Water
Frank Despond Toronto Milgrove,Ont. 400 Free
Richard Funk Michigan Edmonton,Alta. 100-200 Breast
Tommy Gossland UBC Nanaimo,B.C. 100 Free
Eric Hedlin Victoria Victoria,B.C. 400-1500 Free
Aimeson King Victoria Toronto,Ont. Open Water
Edward Liu Toronto Toronto,Ont. 100 Fly
Chris Manning Toronto Brantford,Ont. 50 Free
Dominique Massie-Martel Laval Ottawa,Ont. 100 Free
Alec Page Victoria Cortes Island,B.C. 200 Fr 200-400 IM
David Sharpe Dalhousie Halifax,N.S. 200 Fly
Gleb Suvorov Calgary Toronto,Ont. 200 Back
Russell Wood Calgary Calgary,Alta. 100-200 Back

Previous Universiade Experience
2011: Bielby, Block, Chetrat, Desharnais, Funk, King,Massie-Martel, Sharpe
2009: Aspinall, Bielby, Chetrat, Desharnais, Sharpe

STAFF

Position – Name – Club/School – Hometown

High Performance Director John Atkinson NationalTeam Ottawa, Ont.
Team Leader LanceCansdale – Halifax, N.S.
Manager BetteEl-Hawary – Halifax, N.S.
Coach Jan Bidrman National SwimCentre Calgary, Alta.
Coach Ryan Mallette VictoriaAcademy Victoria, B.C.
Coach Jozsef Nagy National SwimCentre Vancouver, B.C.
Coach Marc-AndréPelletier CSQ Quebec City, Que.
Coach StevePrice UBC Vancouver, B.C.
Coach (open water) MohamedMarouf CALAC Montreal, Que.
Massage Therapist BrianBeckwith – Halifax, N.S.
Massage Therapist RickPelletier – Calgary, Alta.
Biomechanist RyanAtkison – Toronto, Ont.
Biomechanist AllanWrigley – Victoria, B.C.
Video Analyst GrahamOlson – Vancouver, B.C.

CANADA’SSWIMMING GOLD MEDALS AT THE SUMMER UNIVERSIADE(21):

2009 (Belgrade, Serbia): Kevyn Peterson, women’s 400mfreestyle
2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): MacKenzie Downing, women’s 100mbutterfly
2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): Audrey Lacroix, women’s 200mbutterfly
2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): Darryl Rudolf, men’s 100mbutterfly
2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): Brian Johns, men’s 200m individualmedley
1993 (Buffalo, USA): Guylaine Cloutier, women’s 100mbreaststroke
1993 (Buffalo, USA): Marianne Limpert, women’s 200mindividual medley
1993 (Buffalo, USA): Nancy Sweetnam, women’s 400m individualmedley
1993 (Buffalo, USA): Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay
1993 (Buffalo, USA): Turlough O’Hare, men’s 400mfreestyle
1993 (Buffalo, USA): Turlough O’Hare, men’s 800mfreestyle
1991 (Sheffield, Great Britain): Guylaine Cloutier, women’s100m breaststroke
1991 (Sheffield, Great Britain): Patricia Noall, women’s400m freestyle
1991 (Sheffield, Great Britain): Deke Botsford, men’s 100mbackstroke
1983 (Edmonton, Canada): Mike West, men’s 100mbackstroke
1983 (Edmonton, Canada): Alex Baumann, men’s 200m individualmedley
1983 (Edmonton, Canada): Alex Baumann, men’s 400m individualmedley
1977 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Marion Stuart, women’s 100mbreaststroke
1977 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Graham Smith, men’s 100mbreaststroke
1977 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Anne Gagnon, women’s 200mbreaststroke
1977 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Graham Smith, men’s 200mbreaststroke

About the Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport eventthat takes place every two years and is second only to the OlympicGames in the number of participating athletes and countries. TheUniversiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and lessthan 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games.Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondaryinstitution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from apost-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

About Swimming Canada

Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body ofcompetitive swimming. We inspire Canadians through world leadingperformances to embrace a lifestyle of swimming, sport, fitness andhealth. The federation comprises 75,000 members and 400 swim clubsacross the country. Canadians are global leaders in highperformance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmersand swimmers with a disability.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and700 coaches from 54 universities and four regional associations viefor 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS alsoprovides high performance international opportunities for Canadianstudent-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well asnumerous world university championships. For further information,visit www.cis-sic.ca or followus on:

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