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Swimmers continue to perform at national championship

Photo courtesy of Martin Bazyl
Photo courtesy of Martin Bazyl

The 800m freestyle relay team of Isabel Sarty, Lise Cinq-Mars, Claire Yurkovich and Meg MacKay swam to a sixth place finish to highlight the action on day two of the U SPORTS Swimming Championships in Toronto.

The women improved to a 10th place team ranking while the men currently sit in 13th place.


Women's 800m freestyle relay - 6th overall (Isabel Sarty, Lise Cinq-Mars, Claire Yurkovich & Meg MacKay)
Lise Cinq-Mars - 50m butterfly: 1st B Final, 9th overall; 50m freestyle: 7th B Final; 15th overall
Isabel Sarty - 400m freestyle: 1st B Final, 9th overall
Alec Karlsen - 200m butterfly: 5th B Final, 13th overall
Tyler Immel-Herron - 100m backstroke: 1st C Final, 17th overall
Meg MacKay - 400m freestyle: 1st C Final, 17th overall
Claire Yurkovich - 100m backstroke: 2nd C Final, 18th overall
Morrgan Payne - 100m backstroke: 8th C Final, 24th overall

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2018 U SPORTS Swimming Championships:

Double gold for Mainville, T-Birds extend their lead on Day 2


TORONTO (U SPORTS) – Three Olympians broke three records as Day 2 of the 2018 U SPORTS Swimming Championships wrapped up on Friday evening at the University of Toronto's Varsity Pool.   

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The UBC women hold a commanding lead with 974.5 points, ahead of the host Varsity Blues (694) and Montreal Carabins (566). The Calgary Dinos (311) and Victoria Vikes (232.5) round out the top five. 

The men's standings are tighter though as the T-Birds have 749.5 points, ahead of Toronto (634) and Calgary (568.5). The McGill Redmen (368.5) and Western Mustangs (315) sit fourth and fifth, respectively. 

"I think it's really the depth of our women's team," said UBC head coach Steve Price. "We have a lot of great women in a lot of different events and they're scoring in every swim. The men are in a good battle. You can see it has gone back and forth with all three teams at the top. There's no comfortable lead here, but we're currently in the driver's seat." 

2016 Olympian Sandrine Mainville of the Montreal Carabins highlighted Day 2 with two gold medals. She wowed the crowd by winning her fourth career 50m freestyle title, topping her own U SPORTS record set last year (24.39) in 24.25 seconds. Mainville started the day by winning her second career 50m butterfly gold medal in 26.02 seconds. 

"I'm super happy to be honest," said Mainville. "I knew it was going to be fast so I just wanted to focus on my own race. I'm really happy because it's also a best time and the fact that it's my fourth title is a good way to end my varsity career." 

Varsity Blues star Kylie Masse claimed her third gold medal of the meet to kick off Day 2. The 2017 world champion and world record holder in the 100m backstroke won her signature event, bettering her own U SPORTS record in 56.38 seconds. 

UBC won five gold medals on Friday and leading the way was 2016 Olympian Yuri Kisil. Kisil broke the nine-year-old U SPORTS men's 50m freestyle record (Colin Russel, Toronto, 21.73) in preliminaries in 21.69 seconds and went onto better that mark and win his third career title in the event in 21.50 seconds. 

Fellow Olympian Markus Thormeyer won his second individual gold medal of the meet, successfully defending his 100m backstroke title in 52.30 seconds. Fifth-year UBC veteran Luke Peddie took home gold in the men's 50m butterfly, touching the wall in 23.87 seconds, just .07 seconds ahead of McGill's Samuel Wang (23.94). 

Kisil, Thormeyer, Jonathan Brown and Josiah Binnema teamed up to win the men's 4x200m freestyle relay in 7:10.07, while UBC's women's team of Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Maia Brundage, Emily Overholt and Megan Dalke won the event in 7:57.88. 

A pair of second-year Calgary Dinos won the 400m freestyle events. Peter Brothers earned his first career U SPORTS gold medal, winning the men's event in 3:44.03, while Danica Ludlow successfully defended her national title, touching the wall in 4:05.98. 

The men's and women's 200m butterfly both ended in thrilling fashion. Danielle Hanus, a second-year swimmer with the Victoria Vikes, put on a show in the women's event, overtaking Montreal's Sophie Marois in the final 25 metres to win her first U SPORTS gold medal in 2:08.94. 

Fourth-year Ottawa Gee-Gees veteran Montana Champagne won the men's race after claiming the silver medal at last year's championships. Champagne overtook Binnema in the final 15 metres to win the second U SPORTS individual gold medal of his career. 

Varsity Blues veteran Eli Wall handily won his third career 200m breaststroke national title, touching the wall in 2:08.77, over a second ahead of Calgary's Frederik Kamminga (2:10.32). Rounding out the champions on Day 2 was Manitoba Bisons standout Kelsey Wog. The sophomore won the women's 200m breaststroke in 2:21.84, after claiming the 100-metre gold medal yesterday. 

The 2018 U SPORTS Championships wrap up tomorrow at the University of Toronto. The action starts in the morning with preliminaries set for 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT, and finals scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT 

Full results 





1. UBC, 974.5 points

2. Toronto, 694

3. Montreal, 566

4. Calgary, 311

5. Victoria, 232.5

6. Western, 191

7. Regina, 190.5

8. McMaster, 184.5

9. McGill, 173

10. Dalhousie, 159

11. Alberta, 139

12. Manitoba, 134

13. Ottawa, 124

14. Guelph, 110

14. Laval, 110

16. Waterloo, 73

17. Lethbridge, 69

18. Memorial, 56

19. Acadia, 42

19. Laurier, 42

21. York, 41

22. Sherbrooke, 26

23. Laurentian, 15

24. UQTR, 9

25. Mount Allison, 3


Men (Nelson C. Hart trophy)


1. UBC, 749.5 points

2. Toronto, 634

3. Calgary, 568.5

4. McGill, 368.5

5. Western, 315

6. Montreal, 313

7. Victoria, 283

8. Regina, 278.5

9. Laval, 220.5

10. Alberta, 191

11. Ottawa, 186

12. Manitoba, 85

13. Dalhousie, 82

14. Sherbrooke, 53

15. Lethbridge, 43

16. Acadia, 41

17. Laurentian, 38

18. Guelph, 26.5

19. Waterloo, 23

20. Mount Allison, 12

21. Brock, 11

22. Queen's, 2




Women 100m Back

1. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 56.38 (U SPORTS Record)

2. Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 58.20

3. Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 58.57


Men 100m Back

1. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 52.30

2. Robert Hill, Calgary, 52.85

3. Andres Klein, Calgary, 53.04


W 50m Fly

1. Sandrine Mainville, Montreal, 26.02

2. Marie-Lou Lapointe, Montreal, 26.54

3. Rachel Rodé, Toronto, 26.79


M 50m Fly

1. Luke Peddie, UBC, 23.87

2. Samuel Wang, McGill, 23.94

3. Cameron Kidd, Toronto, 23.97


W 400m Free

1. Danica Ludlow, Calgary, 4:05.98

2. Emily Overholt, UBC, 4:07.74

3. Maia Brundage, UBC, 4:09.14


M 400m Free

1. Peter Brothers, Calgary, 3:44.03

2. Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 3:46.55

3. Cote Tristan, Calgary, 3:47.71


W 200m Breast

1. Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 2:21.84

2. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, UBC, 2:25.00

3. Jasmine Raines, Laurier, 2.27.84


M 200m Breast

1. Eli Wall, Toronto, 2:08.77

2. Frederik Kamminga, Calgary, 2:10.32

3. Jonathan Brown, UBC, 2:10.88


W 50m Free

1. Sandrine Mainville, Montreal, 24.25 (U SPORTS Record)

2. Ariane Mainville, Montreal, 25.05

3. Charis Huddle, Western, 25.07


M 50m Free

1. Yuri Kisil, UBC, 21.50 (U SPORTS Record)

2. Cameron Kidd, Toronto, 22.01

3. Luke Peddie, UBC, 22.21


W 200m Butterfly

1. Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 2:08.94

2. Sophie Marois, Montreal, 2:09.42

3. Georgia Kidd, Alberta, 2:11.61



M 200m Butterfly

1. Montana Champagne, Ottawa, 1:56.58

2. Osvald Nitski, Toronto, 1:56.92

3. Josiah Binnema, UBC, 1:57.10



W 4 x 200m Free Relay

1. UBC 7:57.88

(Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Maia Brundage, Emily Overholt, Megan Dalke)

2. Toronto 8:02.98

(Kylie Masse, Sarah Polley, Sophia Saroukian, Victoria Radounski)

3. Montreal 8:03.36

(Frederique Cigna, Ariane Mainville, Camille Bergeron-Miron, Katerine Savard)



M 4 x 200m Free Relay

1. UBC 7:10.07

(Markus Thormeyer, Jonathan Brown, Josiah Binnema, Yuri Kisil)

2. Calgary 7:17.69

(Tristan Cote, Peter Brothers, Teddy Kalp, Sterling king)

3. Regina 7:23.74

(Brian Palaschuk, Noah Choboter, Jacob Lee, Etienne Paquin-Foisy)