KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will have not one but three sets of siblings on its roster when it opens up the 2018-19 Canada West swimming season.
Head coach Brad Dalke and the WolfPack are pleased to announce their first signing of the upcoming campaign. Emily Dagasso of St. Ann’s Academy in Kamloops, BC will be joining the program effective September 1st.
Emily is the younger sister of current WolfPack swimmer Gabrielle who will be entering her third year with the program.
“I chose TRU because of my continued ability to live in Kamloops for my undergraduate degree (like her sister, Emily will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science at TRU),” she says. “As I plan to attend graduate school, going to university in my hometown will provide less stress and more focus on my studies. Due to the smaller class sizes at TRU, my quality of education will be better.”
The 5’6” Emily admits that her big sister did have an influence on her choosing Thompson Rivers over the two other schools she was considering: UBC and Saskatchewan. “Since my sister and I are very close, I heard the positive experiences a TRU student encounters first-hand, which definitely impacted my outlook as I was looking at potential universities.”
“I’m really excited to have Emily join the program,” Gabrielle says. “We have always done the same things growing up so it will be a lot of fun having her come to Canada West. I think I had a little influence on her coming here (she laughs). I’ve always been around to help her in all aspects of her life so I feel I am a bit of a role model for her.”
Comparing the two sisters, Dalke says Emily is ahead of where Gabrielle was in the area of development coming out of high school. “Emily has qualified for senior nationals in the 50 metre backstroke. She has a little more diversity in her backstroke and butterfly. Gabby is more of a freestyler. Emily is a pretty accomplished swimmer. She has also been with the club (Kamloops Classics) for a longer time than Gabby had been. Emily came in as an 11 year old.”
When asked if there is a rivalry between the two sisters? “There has never been,” states Emily. “We have always had different specialties and have always supported one another with our separate strokes.”
“They are the two biggest supporters of each other and really great with each other,” explains Dalke. “They are a lot of fun to have on the team. It is surprising there is no little feuding or arguments. They are like best friends. They are a lot of fun to coach.”
Emily knows it will be a jump to Canada West/USPORTS. “I don’t have USPORTS times yet, but I am very close. I am hopeful in the next year I can achieve them.”
She adds again she will lean on her sister for her expertise as she makes the transition to being a USPORTS student/athlete. “Canada West is such a different meet than what she is used to so I will probably end up giving her tips on what is best,” Gabrielle states. “Emily will be a great asset to the WolfPack, and she will help raise the bar on TRU swimming. I am lucky to have her as a sister and am excited to keep swimming with her next year.”
The Dagasso sisters join the Uppal sisters of Kamloops (Gursharan and Gurcharan) and the Gauthier brothers (Tyler and Matthew) of Sylvan Lake, Alberta as sibling athletes on the WolfPack.
The TRU swim team will be announcing further recruit signings in the coming weeks.