Swimming Canada officially announced its list of the 27 athletes who will represent the country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in India.
The list was formalized late Sunday after the team's encouraging performance at the Pan Pacific championships in Irvine, Calif., the past week.
"Our swimmers have demonstrated great Canadian pride over the past weeks," Swimming Canada CEO and national coach Pierre Lafontaine said in a statement.
"We have had strong medal performances at the Pan Pacs and the [International Paralympic Committee] Worlds, while also seeing many of our swimmers are knocking on doors, to make that extra step onto the podium."
"It's quite an exciting time for canadian swimming as we head into the Commonwealth Games and the second half of the quadrennial," he said.
Canada ended the Pan Pac competition with 11 medals — two gold, two silver and seven bronze. It was the highest total for Canada at the Pan Pacs since earning 11 at the 1999 meet in Sydney.
Ryan Cochrane and Brent Hayden accounted for five of the medals. Cochrane won gold in the 1,500 and 800 freestyle and silver in the 400 free, with Hayden taking silver in the 100 free and bronze in the 50.
Scott Dickens (50 breaststroke), Victoria Poon (50 free) and Annamay Pierse (200 breaststroke) all won bronze, with Julia Wilkinson on both relay teams as the Canadian women earned bronze in the 100 and 200 freestyle relays.
The final Canadian medal, a bronze, was nabbed by Richard Weinberger in the open water 10k race.
The team will now get to test its mettle in an international competition that will not include the powerhouse U.S. team, which, with 28 gold medals, finished first in about 70 per cent of the Pan Pac events.
The Canadian team will instead be chasing Australia. The Aussies were limited to six gold by the American show of force in Irvine, but still accumulated 32 medals.
World-class swimmers from South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand will also compete in India unhindered by the American team, while England and Scotland have done well in the pool in past Commonwealth meets.
"It's another great opportunity to race against some of the best in the world," Pierse said in the release. "On top of that, I've always wanted to go to India, so I'm really excited to represent Canada at the Games."
Canada appears poised to do better than in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where just one of 16 swimming medals was golden.
The meet will also help prepare many on the team for the 2011 world championships in Shanghai.
The Commonwealth Games open on Oct. 3 in Delhi. The Canadian team will train in Singapore for eight days prior to arriving in India.
The members of the Commonwealth swim team are:
- Genevieve Cantin, Saguenay, Que.
- Ryan Cochrane, Victoria.
- Scott Dickens, Ancaster, Ont.
- Mackenzie Downing, Whitehorse.
- Andrew Ford, Guelph, Ont.
- Charles Francis, Cowansville, Que.
- Brent Hayden, Mission, B.C.
- Stefan Hirniak, Victoria.
- Richard Hortness, Medicine Hat, Alta.
- Benoit Huot, Montreal.
- Barbara Jardin, Montreal.
- Brian Johns, Richmond, Que.
- Alexa Komarnycky, Etobicoke, Ont.
- Audrey Lacroix, Point-Rouge, Que.
- Lauren Lavigna, Burnaby, B.C.
- Martha McCabe, Toronto.
- Erica Morningstar, Calgary.
- Tobias Oriwol, Pointe-Claire, Que.
- Sean Penhale, Red Deer, Alta.
- Annamay Pierse, Edmonton.
- Victoria Poon, Lasalle, Que.
- Katarina Roxon, Stephenville, N.L.
- Sinead Russell, Oakville, Ont.
- Genevieve Saumur, Montreal.
- Katerine Savard, Pont-Rouge, Que.
- Julia Wilkinson, Stratford, Ont.
- Blake Worsley, Victoria.
The original published version incorrectly stated a team would represent Great Britain instead of England, as intended.Oct 17, 2013 1:54 AM ET