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Swimmers To Dash For Cash In Calgary Skins Meet

Nov 11, 1999

CALGARY - Some of the world's best swimmers will compete for international recognition and prize money when they take part in the Sears Swimming Skins Meet, to be held Nov. 22 in Calgary.

The event, to be held 7-8:15 p.m. at the Lindsay Park Sport Centre, is the first of its kind in North America and will award up to $20,000 to swimmers over four races.

The meet will follow the Canadian stop of the Speedo FINA World Cup of Swimming 1999, taking place in Edmonton, Nov. 20-21 at the Kinsmen Sport Centre.

Top members of Swimming Canada's national team will be competing, including 1999 Pan Pacific Championships double-gold medallist Joanne Malar (200m and 400m individual medley) and Commonwealth record holder Curtis Myden (400m IM).

Some of the world's top-ranked swimmers will also be in the competition, including world record holder Penny Heyns of South Africa and 1999 Pan Pacific Championships gold medallist Tom Wilkens (U.S.).

The skins meet will feature four creative events: the men's 300m IM, women's 200m mystery medley, men's broken 200m backstroke and women's broken 200m breaststroke.

A special Sears I Can Swim clinic will precede the meet, taking place 5-6 p.m. and featuring national team head coach Dave Johnson and two world-class athletes. Over 500 young swimmers from the Calgary area will have the chance to learn skills from the world's finest swimmers and then watch the skins meet poolside.

Tickets for the meet, which will be broadcast on CTV Sportsnet, are $10 and are available at the Lindsay Park service centre or by calling (403) 233-8393.

For more information, please contact Sandi Clark, media liaison for the 1999 Sears Swimming Skins Meet, at (403) 233-8393, ext. 115, or Penny Joyce, Swimming Canada corporate communications director, at (613) 748-5673.