Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Oleksiak, Masse Leads Strong Canadian Women's Swim Team into World Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Oleksiak, Masse Leads Strong Canadian Women's Swim Team into World Championship

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Oleksiak, Masse lead swimmers into worlds

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Penny Oleksiak wants two things at the world swim championships.

Speed, naturally, but the Toronto teenager also hopes to find elements in her races that require repair ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

If that happens, Oleksiak will know where she can find more speed.

"I want to have good times this summer and be as close to personal bests as possible obviously, but if I on top of that can have a bunch of things I need to fix, then I know going into the Olympics I'm going to be better," Oleksiak explained to The Canadian Press.

"I hope I come out of that looking at videos and I can notice I need to fix a bunch of things on my turns, on my starts, on everything, so I can move forward."

Winner of Olympic gold and silver at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, the 19-year-old Oleksiak leads a powerhouse women's swim team into the world aquatic championship opening Friday in Gwangju, South Korea.

The biennial championship includes swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming and high diving competition over 17 days.

Canada will send 31 swimmers, 10 divers, a pair of high divers, the women's water polo team and an artistic swim team to Gwangju. The water polo team is ranked No. 8 in the world.

Canada ranks 11th all-time among nations in medals won at the world championship with 111, including 21 gold.

Diver Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., owns eight of them. She's tied with retired diver Alex Despatie and swimmer Ryan Cochrane for the most medals won by a Canadian.

Abel will have opportunities to set the record competing in both springboard and synchronized springboard.

World champion backstroker Kylie Masse and Taylor Ruck, winner of eight Commonwealth Games medals in 2018, join Oleksiak among Canada's ones to watch in the pool.

"All of us are trying to work towards being one of the best women's teams in the world," Oleksiak said. …

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