29 swimmers will represent Team Canada at Paris 2024 – Team Canada

May 19, 2024


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At the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, Team Canada will be represented by 29 swimmers who were officially named at the conclusion of the Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials, presented by Bell, on Sunday evening at the Pan American Sports Center in Toronto.

The swim team includes 13 athletes with Olympic experience and six Olympic medalists as well as 15 medalists from the World Aquatics World Championships and 13 medalists from the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games. Sixteen athletes will make their Olympic debut.

To be nominated in an individual event, swimmers had to achieve the Olympic qualifying time in that event and finish in the top two at the Trials. Since Canada has qualified teams in all seven relay events, there are also several athletes who will realize their Olympic dreams as members of the relay teams.

Summer McIntosh raises her arm after a run.
Summer McIntosh reacts after breaking her own world record in the 400m individual medley at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials in Toronto, Thursday, May 16, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Summer McIntosh is expected to be the Canadian swimmer with the busiest schedule this summer in Paris after qualifying in five individual events and being considered for several relays. At 17, she won four gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships, more than any other Canadian swimmer, becoming world champion in the 200m butterfly and 400m medley twice in 2022 and 2023.

Since McIntosh competed in her first Olympics three years ago at just 14, she has become a global star in her sport. At the Trials, she shattered her own world record in the 400m medley, shaving 1.5 seconds off the mark she set last year. She is now almost two seconds faster than any other swimmer in this event.

“I’m really happy to be able to qualify in my best five events, so I’m really looking forward to Paris,” McIntosh said moments after winning her final event, the 200m medley. “I think it’s going to be an incredible competition, and not just for me, but for all of Team Canada. I looked at Josh [Liendo, qui a battu le record canadien au 100 m papillon] and it gave me a lot of motivation. »

Maggie Mac Neil will have the chance to defend her Olympic title in the women’s 100m butterfly. She has been a consistent podium contender since winning the world title in this event in 2019. Mac Neil took silver at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships.

Maggie Mac Neil (left) and Mary-Sophie Harvey smile after a run.
Maggie Mac Neil (left) and Mary-Sophie Harvey celebrate after finishing first and second in the women’s 100m butterfly at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials in Toronto, Monday, May 13, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Mary-Sophie Harvey will also take part in this event, she who has been a pillar of the success of Canadian relay teams in recent years. She will have the opportunity to participate in her first individual Olympic events.

In the form of the good years which earned her four Olympic medals, Kylie Masse continues to be the Canadian to beat in the backstroke events, she who at these Trials qualified in the women’s 100m and 200m backstroke with key some of the fastest times in the world this year. Ingrid Wilm will accompany him in the 100m backstroke, she who will make her Olympic debut after winning a bronze medal at the 2024 World Championships in this event.

“I am motivated by my teammates, those of the national team and my coaches. I am motivated by my rivals in Canada and around the world, says Masse. I think every day brings new motivation, sometimes it’s motivation to just get through the week and other times it’s more general motivation. Like anything else in life, it’s just about continuing to show up and being disciplined in what I do and the skills I work on to perfect every detail. »

Kylie Masse greets after a race.
Kylie Masse salutes after winning the women’s 200m backstroke at the Canadian Olympic swimming trials in Toronto, Thursday, May 16, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

“Some of us have been to a few Olympic Games so to be there with people who have already had this experience, as well as new faces full of enthusiasm, it’s a blessing,” she adds. I just hope to be there for everyone, however I can support them and contribute to their Olympic journey to achieve magnificent performances. »

The most decorated Olympian in Canadian history, Penny Oleksiak, is on her way to her third Olympic Games after a difficult few years dealing with multiple injuries, including knee surgery just four months before attempts. She has not competed in a major international competition since the 2022 World Aquatics Championships. Now 23, Oleksiak has come a long way since she was 16, when she became the first Canadian athlete to win at Rio 2016. four medals during the same edition of the Olympic Games.

Penny Oleksiak after the race.
Penny Oleksiak reacts after swimming the 100m freestyle at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials in Toronto, Friday, May 17, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Sydney Pickrem, who won medals in both the 200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships, will take part in her third Olympic Games. She gave McIntosh a hard time in the 200m medley final on Sunday at the Trials.

While members of the women’s team won Team Canada’s six Olympic swimming medals at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, Canadian swimmers have shown great progress in recent years and are ready to take the next step. next step with eyes fixed on the Olympic podium.

Josh Liendo won bronze medals in the men’s 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships. He then took silver in the 100m butterfly at the 2023 Worlds. On the final day of the Trials, Liendo lowered his own Canadian record in the 100m butterfly by a quarter of a second. His time of 50.06 seconds was the fastest performance in the world this year, a feat he achieved a day after breaking his own Canadian record in the 50m freestyle.

Josh Liendo gives a victory sign.
Joshua Liendo celebrates after winning the men’s 50m freestyle at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials in Toronto, Saturday, May 18, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

“My last time at the Olympics, my goal was to try to qualify for the final, try to make a semi-final. Now obviously I’m aiming to be in the final. Once in the final, everyone is aiming for the podium, so that’s kind of my mentality at the moment, I want to be at the top with the best,” said Liendo after securing his Olympic qualification in the 100m freestyle.

Finlay Knox achieved a major breakthrough last February when he became world champion in the men’s 200m medley. He was the first Canadian swimmer in 17 years to win a gold medal at the World Aquatics Championships. Both men competed in the tough 100m freestyle final at the Trials, boosting Canada’s medal hopes in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Liendo and Yuri Kisil, second in the 100m freestyle at the Trials, contributed to Canada’s fourth-place finish in the event at Tokyo 2020. Kisil and Javier Acevedo are the only two members of the men’s team with previous Olympic experience at Tokyo 2020. two times.

Finlay Knox reacts after his victory.
Finlay Knox celebrates his victory in the 200m individual medley at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials in Toronto, Saturday, May 18, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ilya Kharun, aged 19, is a young swimmer to keep an eye on this summer. The Canadian record holder in the 200m butterfly took fourth place at the 2023 World Aquatics World Championships.

Among the athletes who will have their first Olympic experience are Tristan Jankovics and Jeremy Bagshaw, who are at very different stages of their swimming careers. Jankovics, 20, became the first Canadian to qualify for the men’s 400m medley since London 2012. Bagshaw, who narrowly missed the last two Olympic teams, will be a member of the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay just before retiring at the age of 32 to pursue his next career as a doctor.

While the majority of the team will take part in the pool events, Emma Finlin is the only Canadian qualified in the open water. She qualified for the women’s 10km marathon at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in February.

With 55 Olympic medals in total, swimming is the second discipline in Canada with the highest number of medals at the Summer Olympic Games, after athletics.

The pool swimming events at the Paris 2024 Games will take place from July 27 to August 4 (Days 1-9) at the Aréna Paris La Défense. The women’s 10 km marathon will take place on August 8 (Day 13) in the Seine near the Pont Alexandre III.

Team Canada swimmers at Paris 2024 :

Javier Acevedo (Toronto, ON)
Sophie Angus (Weston, United States)
Alex Axon (Newmarket, ON)
Jeremy Bagshaw (Victoria, BC)
Julie Brousseau (Ottawa, Ont.)
Brooklyn Douthwright (Riverview, NB)
Emma Finlin (Edmonton, Alta.)
Mary-Sophie Harvey (Trois-Rivières, Qc)
Apollo Hess (Lethbridge, Alta.)
Patrick Hussey (Beaconsfield, Qc)
Tristan Jankovics (Puslinch, ON)
Ella Jansen (Burlington, ON)
Ilya Kharun (Montreal, Qc.)
Yuri Kisil (Calgary, Alta.)
Finlay Knox (Okotoks, Alta.)
Josh Liendo (Toronto, ON)
Kylie Masse (Lasalle, Ont.)
Summer McIntosh (Toronto, ON)
Margaret (Maggie) Mac Neil (London, Ont.)
Emma O’Croinin (Edmonton, Alta.)
Penny Oleksiak (Toronto, ON)
Sydney Pickrem (Halifax, NS)
Regan Rathwell (Ashton, ON)
Taylor Ruck (Kelowna, BC)
Rebecca Smith (Red Deer, Alta.)
Blake Tierney (Saskatoon, SK)
Lorne Wigginton (Calgary, Alta.)
Ingrid Wilm (Calgary, AB)
Kelsey Wog (Winnipeg, MB)

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