CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Swimming Canada announced the 12-members of its first Male Junior Relay Initiative Tour which will take place in Charlotte, N.C., May 11-19.

There were 32 contenders for the spots held at an NFL Combine-style camp in Victoria last month. The swimmers were not only judged for their talents in the pool.

‘’We used best times and times done in the test sets along with rankings from experts based on what they felt including the swimmer’s feel on the water, underwater dolphin kicking ability, and general stroke technical ability.

We used all that information to name the team,’’ said Swimming Canada’s national junior coach Ken McKinnon.

Selected to the team were Javier Acevedo of Ajax Swimming the youngest team member at 16, Matthew Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Jonathan Brown, Justin Chan, Stefan Milosevic and Marshal Parker, all from the UBC Dolphins in Vancouver, Gael Chaubet of Elite Natation Longueuil, Gavin Dyke of Mount Pear Marlins Swim Club in St. John’s, N.L., Mitchel Ferraro of Uxbridge, Mirando Jarry of CAMO, Yuri Kisil of Cascade in Calgary and Oliver Straszynski of the Toronto Swim Club.

Coaches are Dave Johnson of Cascade and Matt Bell of Ajax.   

The team leaves for the Charlotte camp on Sunday. They will train the relays from Monday to Thursday before testing their mettle against a usually strong field at the Charlotte Grand Prix.

‘’We plan to swim seven to eight times a week in training,’’ said McKinnon. ‘’The program is designed for how to train and develop tactics in 100-m and 200-m freestyles.’’

A woman’s junior relay initiative tour is set for next season.

Swimming Canada team for the Male Junior Relay Initiative Tour May 11-18 in Charlotte, N.C.