Young junior team bodes well for future

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VICTORIA – In addition to selecting its senior teams for the premier international meets of the year, Swimming Canada has selected junior teams for two important development events.

Canada’s teams for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii, and the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, were announced following the conclusion of the Canadian Swimming Trials Saturday in Victoria.

Both events are set for August, with Junior Pan Pacs running Aug. 27-31 while the Youth Olympics stretch from Aug. 17-22.

Eleven swimmers who competed in last year’s FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai will represent Canada at Junior Pan Pacs.

“We have very strong representation from our 15-to-17-year-old crew. It bodes well for our future because our team is so young,” says National Junior Coach Ken McKinnon.

For the remaining 19 members of the 30-swimmer team, this will be their first top-level junior international meet. A newcomer-heavy team is a “good problem to have,” says McKinnon.

“Our top of the line junior talent have been able to get themselves on the senior team. In one way that weakens our talent pool but it is the goal of the junior program, so that’s a success,” McKinnon said.

The Youth Olympics, meanwhile, will serve another purpose, as Canada will send a team of 15- and 16-year-olds to compete at the 18-and-under event.

“We’re using that multi-sport international experience as a stepping stone,” McKinnon said.

Junior Pan Pacific Championships team:

FEMALES
NAME                          CLUB
Danielle Hanus             Newmarket (Ont.) Stingrays
Meryn McCann             Etobicoke (Ont.) Swim Club
Paige Kremer                Edmonton Keyano Swim Club
Lili Margitai                  Edmonton Keyano Swim Club
Alexandra Aitchison     Neptune St-Jerome (Que.)
Jacomie Strydom          Olympian Swim Club (Edmonton)
Mackenzie Glover         U Manitoba Bisons
Danika Huizinga           Ajax (Ont.) Swimming
Danica Ludlow              Island Swimming (Victoria)
Sophia Saroukian          Edmonton Keyano Swim Club
Kelsey Wog                   U Manitoba Bisons
Alexandra Buscher        Unattached
Genevieve Robertson    Guelph (Ont.) Marlin Aquatic Club
Heather Lam                  Vancouver Pacific Swim Club
   
MALES   
NAME                        CLUB
Matthew Ackman       Pointe-Claire (Montréal) Swim Club
James Dergousoff       CHENA (Vancouver)
Ryder McGinnis         Edmonton Keyano Swim Club
Peter Brothers             Island Swimming (Victoria)
Markus Thormeyer    Winskill Dolphins Swim Club (Delta, B.C.)
James Guest                Pointe-Claire (Montréal) Swim Club
Tristan Cote                Etobicoke (Ont.) Swim Club
Jon McKay                UVIC/Pacfici Coast Swimming
Tim Zeng                   CHENA (Vancouver)
Nicolaas Dekker         Richmond (B.C.) Rapids
Daniel Kuiack            Barrie (Ont.) Trojan Swim Club
Cameron Kidd           W. Ross MacDonald Swimming (Toronto)
Osvald Nitski             Hamilton (Ont.) Aquatic Club
Rob Hill                     CHENA (Vancouver)
Anders Klein             Edmonton Keyano Swim Club
Mitchel Ferraro          Uxbridge (Ont.) Swim Club

STAFF   
Martin Gingras    Pointe-Claire (Montréal) Swim Club
Alan Swanston    Newmarket (Ont.) Stingrays
Patrick Paradis    CHENA (Vancouver)
Kevin Thorburn    Etobicoke (Ont.) Swim Club
Derrick Schoof    Edmonton Keyano Swim Club

Youth Olympic Games team:

FEMALE   
NAME                     CLUB
Danielle Hanus        Newmarket (Ont.) Stingrays
Kelsey Wog             U Manitoba Bisons
Danika Huizinga      Ajax (Ont.) Swimming
Mackenzie Glover    U Manitoba Bisons

MALE   
NAME                  CLUB
Javier Acevedo    Ajax (Ont.) Swimming
Matthew Mac       Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club
Kaelen Freund     Lethbridge (Alta.) Swim Club
Colin Gilbert       Kamloops (B.C.) Classic Swimming

APPOINTED COACH   
Alan Swanston    Newmarket (Ont.) Stingrays

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