Cochrane headlines national team selection

130
swim canada-2

 

April 5 ISN -VICTORIA – After four exciting days of competition at the Canadian Swimming Trials,

Swimming Canada named its national team for the Pan Pacific Championships and

nominated athletes for the Commonwealth Games.

The meet wrapped up in style at Victoria’s Saanich Commonwealth Place as Ryan

Cochrane won his signature event, the 1,500-metre freestyle, in his home pool. He is

one of 36 who will represent Canada at the Pan Pacs in Gold Coast, Australia, in

August, and is also one of 30 nominated to swim for Canada at Commonwealth Games in

Glasgow, Scotland, in July.

Swimming Canada implemented new selection policies this year focused on selecting

swimmers with the best opportunity to compete internationally, now and in the

future. In some cases, simply winning a national championship at Trials was not

enough to earn a spot.

“Our selection policies this year for both teams were based on world standards. We

set criteria for both teams based on the 16th-fastest time in each event from the

Barcelona 2013 FINA World Championships,” said Swimming Canada High Performance

Director John Atkinson.

Cochrane is one of two Canadians to medal in the pool in Barcelona, along with

Hilary Caldwell (bronze, 200-m backstroke), who trains with Cochrane at the Swimming

Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria. Both will be back with the national team,

along with other veterans such as Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., who set a

Canadian record (57.27) Friday in the women’s 100-m butterfly.

In addition to 19 swimmers with national team experience, 18 newcomers will be

representing Canada at the senior level for the first time.

“The established figures on the team like Katerine Savard, Ryan Cochrane and Hilary

Caldwell will ensure there is experience,” Atkinson said. “As they continue to

progress, along with 18 swimmers making their debuts, the team is poised to continue

its progression to Glasgow and Gold Coast. It’s all part of the journey we have to

the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.”

The Pan Pacs team features 21 female swimmers and 15 males, while 20 females and 10

males are nominated to the Commonwealth Games.

“We have more female athletes than males by a considerable margin, however we have

to start to address world-standard swimming in Canada,” Atkinson said. “Swimming

Canada’s objective with swimmers and coaches is to focus on a two-peak year that

focuses on selection trials and summer championships. We need coaches and athletes

to address this in their preparation. It goes hand in hand with competing to

international standards and winning medals.”

Although some familiar former national team names fell short of the qualifying

standards, Atkinson expects the new approach to set the tone for Canada’s road to

Rio.

“It’s not just about becoming a national champion but attaining a standard that will

be competitive internationally,” Atkinson said. “Over the next two years this is the

direction we’re going to continue to head in. The goal for every athlete making the

Canadian senior team is to progress from morning heat swims to semifinals and

finals.”

Meanwhile, Swimming Canada’s Para Selection Committee will be meeting early next

week to determine potential nominations to the Commonwealth Games.

Pan Pacific Championships team:

Swimmer

Club/Personal Coach

Brittany MacLean

Etobicoke (Ont.) Swim Club

Samantha Cheverton

Pointe-Claire (Montreal) Swim Club

Alyson Ackman

Pointe-Claire (Montreal) Swim Club

Emily Overholt

West Vancouver Otters/Janusz Kaczmarek

Dominique Bouchard

Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Brooklynn Snodgrass

Cascade (Calgary) Swim Club

Hilary Caldwell

Pacific Sea Wolves/HPC-Victoria/Randy Bennett

Russell Wood

Cascade (Calgary) Swim Club/Mike Blondal

Tera Van Beilen

UBC Dolphins/HPC-Vancouver/Jozsef Nagy

Kierra Smith

Liquid Lightning (West Kelowna, B.C.) Swim Club

Martha McCabe

Toronto Swim Club/HPC-Ontario/Ben Titley

Victoria Poon

PPO (Montreal)/Benoit Lebrun

Michelle Williams

North York (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Sandrine Mainville

PPO (Montreal)/Benoit Lebrun

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson

Greater Ottawa Kingfish/HPC-Vancouver/Tom Johnson

Alec Page

Island Swimming/HPC-Victoria/Randy Bennett

Luke Reilly

UBC Dolphins/HPC-Vancouver/Tom Johnson

Tabitha Baumann

Edmonton Keyano Swim Club/Derrick Schoof

Ryan Cochrane

Island Swimming/HPC-Victoria/Randy Bennett

Genevieve Cantin

Laval (Que.) Rouge et Or/Nicolas Perron

Katerine Savard

CAMO (Montreal)/Claude St-Jean

Audrey Lacroix

PPO (Montreal)/Benoit Lebrun

Marni Oldershaw

Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Sydney Pickrem

Neptune St-Jerome (Que.)

Evan White

Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Coleman Allen

UBC Dolphins/HPC-Vancouver/Tom Johnson

Gamal Assaad

Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Will Brothers

Island Swimming/HPC-Victoria/Randy Bennett

Richard Funk

Edmonton Keyano Swim Club/Derrick Schoof

Yuri Kisil

Cascade (Calgary) Swim Club

Joe Byram

U Alberta

Mack Darragh

Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Lyam Dias

Pointe-Claire (Montreal) Swim Club

Luke Peddie

UBC Dolphins/HPC-Vancouver/Tom Johnson

Kyle Troskot

Lethbridge (Alta.) Swim Club

Chantal Van Landeghem

MANTA (Winnipeg)/HPC-Ontario/Ben Titley

Staff

John Atkinson

Team Leader

Randy Bennett

Head Coach

Claude St-Jean

Coach

Nicholas Perron

Coach

Benoit Lebrun

Coach

Tom Johnson

Coach

Ben Titley

Coach

Commonwealth Games nominees:

Swimmer

Club/Personal Coach

Brittany MacLean

Etobicoke (Ont.) Swim Club

Samantha Cheverton

Pointe-Claire (Montreal) Swim Club

Alyson Ackman

Pointe-Claire (Montreal) Swim Club

Emily Overholt

West Vancouver Otters/Janusz Kaczmarek

Sinead Russell

Norfolk Hammerheads (Simcoe, Ont.)

Brooklynn Snodgrass

Cascade (Calgary) Swim Club

Hilary Caldwell

Pacific Sea Wolves/HPC-Victoria/Randy Bennett

Russell Wood

Cascade (Calgary) Swim Club/Mike Blondal

Tera Van Beilen

UBC Dolphins/HPC-Vancouver/Jozsef Nagy

Kierra Smith

Liquid Lightning (West Kelowna, B.C.) Swim Club

Martha McCabe

Toronto Swim Club/HPC-Ontario/Ben Titley

Victoria Poon

PPO (Montreal)/Benoit Lebrun

Michelle Williams

North York (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Sandrine Mainville

PPO (Montreal)/Benoit Lebrun

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson

Greater Ottawa Kingfish/HPC-Vancouver/Tom Johnson

Alec Page

Island Swimming/HPC-Victoria/Randy Bennett

Luke Reilly

UBC Dolphins/HPC-Vancouver/Tom Johnson

Tabitha Baumann

Edmonton Keyano Swim Club/Derrick Schoof

Ryan Cochrane

Island Swimming/HPC-Victoria/Randy Bennett

Genevieve Cantin

Laval (Que.) Rouge et Or/Nicolas Perron

Katerine Savard

CAMO (Montreal)/Claude St-Jean

Audrey Lacroix

PPO (Montreal)/Benoit Lebrun

Marni Oldershaw

Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Sydney Pickrem

Neptune St-Jerome (Que.)

Evan White

Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Coleman Allen

UBC Dolphins/HPC-Vancouver/Tom Johnson

Gamal Assaad

Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club

Will Brothers

Island Swimming/HPC-Victoria/Randy Bennett

Richard Funk

Edmonton Keyano Swim Club/Derrick Schoof

Yuri Kisil

Cascade (Calgary) Swim Club

Staff

Nicholas Perron

Coach

Benoit Lebrun

Coach

John Atkinson

Team Leader

Randy Bennett

Head Coach

Claude St-Jean

Coach

Tom Johnson

Coach

Ben Titley

Coach

Your sports. Your teams. The ISN Daily Digest.

Sign up to the ISN Daily Digest and sit back while we pick the previous day’s best headlines and speed them straight to your inbox every morning.
Email address
First Name*
We abide by all applicable emailing laws including 100% CAN-SPAM/CASL/US CAN-SPAM Act compliance. No spam!