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Canadian women take silver at the Youth Panamerican Championships; Canadian men finish fourth.

(Couva, Trinidad & Tobago – August 24, 2019) – The Canadian women's team fell 14-5 to the United States in the gold medal match at the 2019 Youth Panamerican Championships and had to settle for silver. Ranked fourth after the round-robin, the Canadian men were facing the Argentinians in the bronze medal match. In a hard-fought battle, Argentina limited the chances on offence for Canada and recorded a 13-6 victory to claim bronze. In lieu of their final rankings, both Canadian teams qualified for the FINA Youth World Championships next summer.

On the women's side, the young Canadian group faced an undefeated US team in the final. After losing the previous matchup between the two squads, the Canadian women were looking to bounce back in the gold medal game. Trailing by five goals at half-time, Canada played a solid third quarter but a three-goal sequence by the US in the fourth quarter gave them the final push to record the 14-5 win and capture the gold medal. Natasha Dykman netted two goals for the Canadians while Diba Peiravani, Alia Burlock and Casey Taylor added singles.

Despite the result, Head Coach Andrew Robinson was satisfied with the team's performance "The players were exposed to a new level of water polo and rose to the occasion while playing some quality opponents. The players consistently stepped up to the challenge throughout the week. We are happy with how the team played and excited to see what the future holds for such a promising group of young athletes and people. We are hopeful the players can use this experience as motivation to continue to improve."

After the match, women's national team athlete, Natasha Dykman, talked about the pride that comes with representing Canada at an international event "What an experience, what a team, what a great country to represent. We not only took home silver, but we accomplished much more beyond that. We played our best, we played as a team, and we got better as a team. I truly believe we proved to ourselves and our country that Team Canada is there to grow and to win. In the gold medal game, we were faced with challenges, but we came back. We played stronger, and as much as the outcome may not be what we wanted, we played the best we could against a powerful Team USA. We had the support of great coaches and parents that travelled to cheer us on, not to mention all the people back home watching us on the live stream. We are thankful our water polo journey brought us here to the Pan American Championships. »

On the men's side, the Canadians faced a strong Argentinian squad in the bronze medal game. After taking the lead early, Canada could not stop Argentina's rushed plays and had to settle for fourth place after a 13-6 loss. Lazar Todorovic scored two goals in the defeat.

« We had a lot of ups and downs as a team during the tournament. Our best performance was against Colombia, where the guys really pulled together as a team. The team always put their best physical effort, and the tournament was a good experience to set goals. We accomplished our main objective, and we are ready to work towards Youth World Championships, » commented Head Coach, Gyula Toth.

For many athletes, the 2019 Youth Pan American Championships is their first international experience. « I think this was a learning opportunity for our team, and I realized how important it is to adapt game to game. I don't think we reached our full potential as a team, we made a lot of mistakes, just like any other tournament. However, mistakes feel bigger when competing at an international event. Personally, it was a great experience to meet my teammates and create relationships that I hope will continue for a long time ! » mentioned Connor Macmillan.

Final Rankings

17U Women

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. Argentina
  4. Brazil
  5. Peru
  6. Trinidad and Tobago

17U Men

  1. USA
  2. Brazil
  3. Argentina
  4. Canada
  5. Colombia
  6. Trinidad and Tobago
  7. Peru
  8. Bahamas


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