Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Penny Oleksiak, Kylie Masse Headline Canadian Swim Team for Commonwealth Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Penny Oleksiak, Kylie Masse Headline Canadian Swim Team for Commonwealth Games

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Oleksiak leads Canada's swimmers Down Under

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OTTAWA - World champion backstroker Kylie Masse and Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak will lead Canada's swim team into the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Masse, of LaSalle, Ont., set a world record in the women's 100-metre backstroke en route to gold in Budapest in July.

Toronto's Oleksiak won four medals at last year's Summer Olympics in Rio, including gold in the women's 100-metre freestyle and silver in the 100-metre butterfly.

The Commonwealth Games will be held April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Ten of the 26 athletes announced Tuesday by Swimming Canada are under the age of 20, including 17-year-old Oleksiak.

"This is a young, yet dynamic and strong team of athletes who have proven they can perform under some of the most intense pressure at major international meets," Swimming Canada high-performance director John Atkinson said in a statement. …

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