Several TBirds qualify for Team Canada

Following the Swimming Canada 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials (April 3 – 7, Toronto, ON), a number of athletes who train at the UBC Aquatic Centre have qualified for Team Canada. The momentum created by a fantastic varsity season and U SPORTS Swimming Championships continued at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials as 15 swimmers  and staff associated with the UBC Thunderbirds Swimming Programs and HPC-Van (High Performance Centre – Vancouver) were successful in being named to the various National Team rosters for this summer.  Congratulations!

18th FINA World Championships Gwangju, South Korea (July 12 – 28)

  1. Emily Overholt
  2. Markus Thormeyer
  3. Carson Olafson – Alumni
  4. Alex Pratt
  5. Josiah Binnema

Tom Johnson (HPC-Van Head Coach – Staff Coach;  Janice Hanan – Team Manager. Alumnus Yuri Kisil qualified for Worlds as well.

2019 Pan American Games Lima, Peru (July 26 – Aug. 11)

  1. Erika Seltenreich Hodgson – Alumni
  2. Hayley Black – HPC-Van

Ben Keast (HPC-Van Assistant Coach) – Staff Coach

30th Summer Universide (World Student Games) Napoli, ITA (July 3-14) 

  1. Hillary Metcalfe
  2. Olivia Ellard
  3. Ingrid Wilm
  4. Megan Dalke
  5. Hoi Lam (Karen) Tam – representing Hong Kong
  6. Jaren Le Franc
  7. Dima Lim
  8. Hau Li Fan

Derrick Schoof (UBC Thunderbirds Assistant Coach) – Head Coach


NOTE: Karen Tam may still be able to qualify for the FINA World Aquatic Championships and has until the end of May to make the team for Hong Kong.

Also, Hau Li Fan still has the Canadian Open Water Trials (10K) in Cayman Islands on April 27.   This will be selection for the World Aquatic Championships and Pan American Games. Coach Price, Hau Li Fan and incoming rookie Raben Dommann (North Vancouver) will head south on April 22 for the race.



And, fear not, should you be wanting to watch some of the excitement from this past weekend CBC has the broadcasts saved online here.