May 19, 2015

CIS - OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Swimming Canada, announced Tuesday Canada’s open water swimming roster for the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea (July 3-14).


Gwangju 2015 website:

Team Canada website:


Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., Lauren Teghtsoonian of Winnipeg, Xavier Desharnais of Sherbrooke, Que., and Philippe Guertin of Saint-Hubert, Que., will compete in the 10-kilometre events, which debuted at the biennial FISU Games in 2011.


Horner, a University of Victoria alumna, is a two-time Olympian (2008, 2012) who previously represented Canada at the Universiade in 2013 in Kazan, Russia, in the 200-metre butterfly.


Desharnais, a University of Montreal student, will accomplish a rare feat in Gwangju as he will make his fourth straight FISU Games appearance. The 25-year-old competed in the open water marathon at the last two Universiades, finishing 10th in 2011 in Shenzhen, China and 18th in 2013.


Guertin, who studies at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), had already booked his ticket for South Korea a month ago as he was part of the Canadian swimming roster announced on April 14. 


Teghtsoonian, the youngest member of the group, is set to join the University of Calgary program next fall.


In Gwangju, the foursome will be mentored by Lance Cansdale, head coach of the swimming delegation. Veteran coach Ron Jacks, who helped Canadian Richard Weinberger capture open water bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, will work specifically with the open water team at the FISU Games.  




Name                                       University                   Hometown                 

Stephanie Horner                     Victoria                        Beaconsfield, Que.

Lauren Teghtsoonian               Calgary                                    Winnipeg, Man.          

Xavier Desharnais                   Montreal                      Sherbrooke, Que.

Philippe Guertin                       UQAM                         Saint-Hubert, Que.


Coach:            Ron Jacks, Victoria, B.C.                   


TEAM CANADA ROSTER (SWIMMING – announced on April 14)




Name                                       University                   Hometown                  Eligibility *

Geneviève Cantin                    Laval                           Saguenay, Que.            4

Samantha Corea                       Denver                         Vancouver, B.C.          4

Marie-Pier Couillard                Laval                           Lévis, Que.                  3

Barbara Jardin                         Montreal                      Montreal, Que.             2

Caroline Lapierre-Lemire         UQTR                          Rouyn-Noranda, Que. 5

Kylie Masse                             Toronto                        LaSalle, Ont.                1

Hannah Riordan                      Auburn                        Cornwall, Ont.             -

Jacomie Strydom                     UBC                            Edmonton, Alta.          1



Tristan Cote                             Calgary                        Mississauga, Ont.         2

Jeremie DeZwirek                    UC Berkeley                Mountain View, Calif. 4

Philippe Guertin                       UQAM                         Saint-Hubert, Que.       -

James Guest                             John Abbott College    Baie-D’Urfé, Que.       -

Jon McKay                              Victoria                        Victoria, B.C.               2

Jeffrey Swanston                     Southern California     Newmarket, Ont.         3

Eli Wall                                    Toronto                        Ottawa, Ont.                2

Keegan Zanatta                        UBC                            Victoria, B.C.               3


Eligibility: Denotes year of CIS or NCAA eligibility in 2014-15... Hannah Riordan used her final year of NCAA eligibility at Auburn in 2012-13 and later enrolled in a Master’s program at McGill (but did not compete for McGill)... Philippe Guertin is a student at UQAM but does not compete for the Citadins varsity program... James Guest has committed to the University of Georgia in the NCAA for 2015-16.




Position                       Name                           University                   Hometown

Team Leader                Bette El-Hawary          -                                   Halifax, N.S.

Head Coach                 Lance Cansdale           Dalhousie                    Halifax, N.S.

Coach                          Guillaume Mecteau      UQAR                         Lévis, Que.

Coach                          Nicholas Perron           Laval                           Quebec City, Que.

Coach                          Tom Rushton               -                                   Montreal, Que.

Massage Therapist       Brian Beckwith            -                                   Halifax, N.S.


About the Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries. The Universiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.


About Swimming Canada


Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming. We inspire Canadians through world leading performances to embrace a lifestyle of swimming, sport, fitness and health. The federation comprises 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs across the country. Canadians are global leaders in high performance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with a disability. 


About Canadian Interuniversity Sport


Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit or follow us on:









For more information:


Stéphane Jobin

Communications Manager

Team Canada – 2015 Summer Universiade

Off: 418-656-5292

Cell: 418-572-7325


Michel Bélanger        

Communications & Media Relations

Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Off: 613-562-5670 ext. 25

Cell: 613-447-6334


Nathan White

Communications Manager

Swimming Canada

Off: 613-260-1348 ext. 2002

Cell: 613-866-7946


Source : SIRC