As a newcomer to the senior national team, Evan Van Moerkerke was named to the Pan Am Games and FINA World Championships squads after his fourth place finish in the 100m freestyle at the 2015 Canadian Trials. He won Pan Am silver with the 4x100m freestyle relay and then anchored that relay in the world championship final. Van Moerkerke previously represented Canada at the 2011 FINA World Junior Championships where he finished 33rd in the 50m freestyle. He also swam in the preliminary heat of the 4x100m freestyle relay for a team that went on to win silver. Van Moerkerke races collegiately for the University of Guelph and is just the third Gryphon varsity swimmer to make a national team. He won silver in the 100m freestyle at the 2015 CIS Championships.
Family: Parents Eric and Carol Van Moerkerke… Older brother Luke played hockey in the OHL… Older sister Breann… Getting into the Sport: Began swimming at age 5 and became competitive at age 8… Outside Interests: Fourth year of Agriculture Science and Crop Science studies at the University of Guelph… Away from swimming spends his time working on the family farm, which he will likely take over one day… Odds and Ends: Listens to country music behind the blocks…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Pan American Games: 2015 – SILVER (4x100m freestyle relay)
FINA World Championships: 2015 – 8th (4x100m freestyle relay)
FINA World Championships (junior): 2011 – 33rd (50m freestyle), SILVER (4x100m freestyle relay)