Canada’s open water swim team announced

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Swimming Canada, announced Tuesday Canada’s open water swimming roster for the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea (July 3-14).

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Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., Lauren Teghtsoonian of Winnipeg, Xavier Desharnais of Sherbrooke, Que., and Philippe Guertin of Saint-Hubert, Que., will compete in the 10-kilometre events, which debuted at the biennial FISU Games in 2011.

Horner, a University of Victoria alumna, is a two-time Olympian (2008, 2012) who previously represented Canada at the Universiade in 2013 in Kazan, Russia, in the 200-metre butterfly.

Desharnais, a University of Montreal student, will accomplish a rare feat in Gwangju as he will make his fourth straight FISU Games appearance. The 25-year-old competed in the open water marathon at the last two Universiades, finishing 10th in 2011 in Shenzhen, China and 18th in 2013.

Guertin, who studies at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), had already booked his ticket for South Korea a month ago as he was part of the Canadian swimming roster announced on April 14.

Teghtsoonian, the youngest member of the group, is set to join the University of Calgary program next fall.

In Gwangju, the foursome will be mentored by Lance Cansdale, head coach of the swimming delegation. Veteran coach Ron Jacks, who helped Canadian Richard Weinberger capture open water bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, will work specifically with the open water team at the FISU Games.


Name University Hometown
Stephanie Horner Victoria Beaconsfield, Que.
Lauren Teghtsoonian Calgary Winnipeg, Man.
Xavier Desharnais Montreal Sherbrooke, Que.

Philippe Guertin UQAM Saint-Hubert, Que.

Coach: Ron Jacks, Victoria, B.C.

TEAM CANADA ROSTER (SWIMMING – announced on April 14)


Name University Hometown Eligibility *
Geneviève Cantin Laval Saguenay, Que. 4
Samantha Corea Denver Vancouver, B.C. 4
Marie-Pier Couillard Laval Lévis, Que. 3
Barbara Jardin Montreal Montreal, Que. 2
Caroline Lapierre-Lemire UQTR Rouyn-Noranda, Que. 5
Kylie Masse Toronto LaSalle, Ont. 1
Hannah Riordan Auburn Cornwall, Ont. –
Jacomie Strydom UBC Edmonton, Alta. 1

Tristan Cote Calgary Mississauga, Ont. 2
Jeremie DeZwirek UC Berkeley Mountain View, Calif. 4
Philippe Guertin UQAM Saint-Hubert, Que. –
James Guest John Abbott College Baie-D’Urfé, Que. –
Jon McKay Victoria Victoria, B.C. 2
Jeffrey Swanston Southern California Newmarket, Ont. 3
Eli Wall Toronto Ottawa, Ont. 2
Keegan Zanatta UBC Victoria, B.C. 3

Eligibility: Denotes year of CIS or NCAA eligibility in 2014-15… Hannah Riordan used her final year of NCAA eligibility at Auburn in 2012-13 and later enrolled in a Master’s program at McGill (but did not compete for McGill)… Philippe Guertin is a student at UQAM but does not compete for the Citadins varsity program… James Guest has committed to the University of Georgia in the NCAA for 2015-16.


Position Name University Hometown
Team Leader Bette El-Hawary – Halifax, N.S.
Head Coach Lance Cansdale Dalhousie Halifax, N.S.
Coach Guillaume Mecteau UQAR Lévis, Que.
Coach Nicholas Perron Laval Quebec City, Que.
Coach Tom Rushton – Montreal, Que.
Massage Therapist Brian Beckwith – Halifax, N.S.