Parallel Pan Pacs Championships get Underway
Swimming Canada – WAKAYAMA, Japan – Team Canada is ready for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo and Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns, Australia.
The Pan Pacific Championships are a high-level international meet featuring charter nations Canada, the United States, Australia and host Japan, which hosted the first edition in 1985. In addition, several other countries are invited. Canada will host the 14thth Pan Pacs in 2022.
Canada won seven medals at the 2014 Pan Pacs in Gold Coast, Australia, but Emily Overholt (4×200-m freestyle relay) and Kierra Smith (4×100-m medley relay) are the only returning medallists following the retirements of veterans such as Ryan Cochrane, Brittany MacLean and Chantal Van Landeghem. A total of eight athletes among the 35-member team competed at the 2014 Pan Pacs.
Canada’s female team is the youngest since High Performance Director John Atkinson took over after the 2012 Olympic Games, with an average age of 20.5 years old. The team features nine first-time senior A long-course team members, with the youngest being Kyla Leibel of Red Deer, Alta., who turns 17 later this year. Canada also has veteran presence, including three-time Olympian Stephanie Horner, 29, and international medallist Richard Funk, 26.
Swimmers to watch include Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games standouts Taylor Ruck, who tied the all-time record with eight medals at those Commonwealth Games in April, and Kylie Masse, who won two gold on the heels of her 100-m backstroke world championship win in 2017. World 400-m individual medley bronze medallist Sydney Pickrem is also back in action, while Olympic medallists Overholt and Kennedy Goss rejoin the team after a year away.
A full team list is available at https://swimming.ca/en/national-teams/senior-national-teams/tokyo-2018-pan-pacific-championships/ and Swimming Canada will also have updates on social media throughout the meet.
Meanwhile, in Brisbane, Australia, the other Team Canada is making its final preparations before moving north for the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns.
The third edition of the championships will be Canada’s first with new Associate High Performance Director Wayne Lomas at the helm as Team Leader.
The 18 swimmers include Paralympic medalists Aurelie Rivard, Nicolas-Guy Turbide, Tess Routliffe, and Katarina Roxon as well as senior team rookies Angela Marina and Matthew Cabraja.
The team also features Shelby Newkirk, fresh from her world record breaking performances at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Edmonton.
Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships will be live streamed August 9-13 on the Swimming Australia Website, Swimming Australia YouTube page and the Australian Dolphins Facebook page. Swimming Canada will also have updates on social media throughout the meet.
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