Jennifer Carroll will be graduating from Vanier College this semester. She just won the 50m and 100m backstroke at the Canadian Nationals last week. Here's the press release issued just before the competition.

The final chapter in the Road to Athens for Canadian swimmers Begins at the Canadian Open and Short Course Nationals November 27-30 in Quebec City

Jennifer Carroll of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Brittany Reimer of Surrey, B.C., and Morgan Knabe of Calgary are among the favourites to win Canadian titles at the 2003 Canadian Open and Short Course Nationals scheduled for November 27-30 at Université Laval in Quebec City.

The Canadian team showed promise this past summer with 15 top-eight finishes at the World Aquatic Championships in Barcelona and a 12-medal performance at the Pan American Games. But Canadian national team head coach Dave Johnson states that the swimmers need to work harder than ever if they want to produce medal performances at the Olympics Games.

Canadians swimmers have been in the pool preparing for the Canadian Open with their respective clubs and at various key training sites throughout North America over the past 12 weeks.

‘’The Canadian Open is the first assembly of the national team since the summer. It’s a very good opportunity to assess the progress that they’ve been making towards their Olympic preparation,’’ said Johnson. ‘’Our swimmers were able to train early for this winter season and I expect to see a lot of great racing.”

Carroll shared Canada’s best result at the worlds with a fourth place finish in the 50-metre backstroke. She is also the reigning world champion in the short course 50 backstroke.

Carroll headlines a strong group of Quebec swimmers who should give spectators plenty to cheer about. They also include Pan Am Games 200 butterfly champion Audrey Lacroix, who trains in Montreal but grew-up in the Quebec City suburb Pont-Rouge, sprint freestyler Yannick Lupien who trains in Beauport and Olympian Sophie Simard of Quebec City in the freestyle events.