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Team Dolphins Swimmers selection to International Competitions

By COACH RUSSELL, 07/08/17, 8:30AM EDT



Shannon Russell - Kristina Steins are off to big International Competitions this July 2017.

Kristina Steins is off to Hungry for the World Championships 25th 30th July 2017

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Shannon Russell of to the Junior Commonwealth Games in Nassau July 19th -23rd 2017

Kristina Steins, a former Canadian national team member who currently swims for Latvia, will be transferring to York University in Toronto, Ontario this fall.

Steins will be reunited with Coach Derek McGregor  When asked about Steins coming to York University McGregor said, “A swimmer of Kristina’s abilities is a great addition not only to our team but the OUA in general. I expect great things from Kristina this year in and out of the pool to help lead the rebuild of the York Lions team.”

Steins swam for the University of Louisville during the 2014-15 season where, as a freshman, she placed fourth in the 200 back (1:56.93) and sixth in the 100 back (54.26 prelims) at the 2015 ACC Championships. She was also a member of the Cardinals’ third-place 200 free relay. Steins went to Louisville from West Collegiate High School. At the time, she was a Canadian National Team member, and qualified for the 2013 World Championships in the 100m back.

Steins is currently a member of the Latvian National Team and holds the Latvian national records in all the backstroke events. She will be representing Latvia at FINA World Championships in Budapest this summer, and her current best times are as follows


  • 50 back – 27.90
  • 100 back – 58.94
  • 200 back – 2:09.88
  • 50 free – 25.94
  • 50 fly – 27.92


  • 50 back – 28.94
  • 100 back – 1:00.85
  • 200 back – 2:14.87

Steins is at the scoring level in all the above events at USA sport; she could be the first woman to score points at the Championship level in over a decade for the Lions.

Shannon Russell sister to Colin Russell Sinead Russell who represented Canada in 2008 - 2012 Olympics and many International teams during their period of swimming it seems this young lady is making a name for herself in her first International competition. Both girls train with Team Dolphins under Coach Russell's guidance they have been team mates since 2012 where Kristina swam with Sinead at the World Long Course Championship in Spain. 

Shannon best events is the 400 IM  she will be swimming 200-400 IM 200 - 400 free style  50-100-200 Breast stroke.

Shannon is 15 years of age and one of the top 400 IM swimmers in the World at her age. The Team is expecting great things in the future