KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will have their largest contingent at this week’s Canada West swim championships.


The WolfPack will be sending six athletes to the 2017 event which will be hosted by the University of Victoria and begins Friday.  That’s up one from last year.


“Our team is looking very good,” says WolfPack head coach Brad Dalke. “ At the Langley meet two weeks ago we had a lot of personal best times and ‘in season’ best times.”


Dalke says the men’s team will be anchored by Nolan Paul (Maple Ridge, BC) who is a middle distance swimmer. “He will be trying to make the top 8 final in his events,” says Dalke.  “The women will be led by Breena Russnell and Joelle Young (both Fort McMurray, AB) who are both looking to improve on last year’s placings.”


Russnell was sixth in the consolation final of the 50 freestyle, fourth in the consolation final of the 100 metre freestyle, 8 th in the consolation final of the 200 IM and 19th in the 50 freestyle.  Young was 17th in the 200 breaststroke, 22nd in the 50 breaststroke, 18th in the 100 meter breaststroke and 19 th in the 200 IM.


The other swimmers going to Canada West are Matthew Gauthier (Sylvan Lake, BC), Gabby Dagasso (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) and Mikayla Hitchens (Nanaimo, BC) . Hitchens will compete only in the relays.