Georgetown swimmer has found her lane into the Tokyo Summer Olympics


Published July 16, 2021 at 7:48 pm


Georgetown resident and Oakville-born Tessa Cieplucha has a favourite quote that says, “If you have a lane, you have a chance.”

Cieplucha has found a lane and made the most of her chances to swim her way into the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old swam away with Canada’s lone gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, taking top spot in the 400m IM.

At the 2019 Canadian Trials, Cieplucha won bronze in the 200m IM to qualify for her first senior national team.

The Canadian swimmer, who graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2021 with a double major in Geology and Environmental Studies, helped the Lady Vols win their first ever SEC Championship title in her senior year in 2019-20.

Cieplucha would a pair of gold medals, placing first in the 400-yard IM, setting a school record, and the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Wanting to follow in her older sister’s steps, she started swimming at the age of seven and began competing at the age of nine.


Notable International Results


FINA World Junior Championships: 2015 – 10th (400m IM), 21st (800m freestyle), 30th (100m breaststroke), 15th (1500m freestyle), 24th (200m breaststroke)

FINA WORLD JUNIOR OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2014 – 27th (5km), 15th (3.5km mixed)

Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (Junior): 2016 – 9th (400m IM), 22nd (400m freestyle), 11th (200m IM)

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