CIS Championships Wrap-up

Courtesy of University of Toronto sports information

TORONTO (CIS) – For the first time in school history, the University of Calgary Dinos have captured both the men’s and women’s team titles at the CIS swimming championships. The U of C women did so in convincing fashion and put their stamp on the University of Toronto’s Varsity Pool with a new Canadian record of 4:03.28 in the final event of the meet, the 4x100 medley relay.

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After dethroning the 11-time defending national champion UBC Thunderbirds with a meet record 791 points in 2009, the Dino women were never threatened this week, holding the top spot from Day 1 to win their second consecutive banner, and the second in team history. Calgary medalled in 16 of 19 events to finish with 679 points, 140 points ahead of the T-birds.

Calgary’s men’s team held off a charge from the host Toronto Varsity Blues, last year’s CIS bronze medallists, with a strong showing on the podium on Saturday. The Dino men finished the meet with 636.5 points to claim their second banner in three years.

“It feels pretty good,” said Dinos head coach Mike Blondal, who was also named CIS women’s coach of the year for the second straight season. “It was a lot of work this year going after two [titles]. We’ve never done that before and it was a lot of work and a lot of fun. Last night was a bit of a scare. The U of T team came so close but our boys pulled it off this morning. They didn’t panic, they did a great job.”

Montreal (385.5), Western (326.5) and Toronto (317.5) rounded out the top 5 in the women’s team standings, with UBC (377), Laval (361.5) and Dalhousie (240) occupying the same spots in the men’s race.

Toronto’s Colin Russell, a 2008 Olympian from Burlington, Ont., was named CIS male swimmer of the year for the second consecutive season after he claimed seven medals in as many races including three individual gold and two relay gold, an individual second-place finish and a relay silver for a FINA score of 1806. The fifth-year veteran also earned the Sprinter’s Cup for the second time in as many years, having defended his titles in both the 50- and 100-metre freestyle events.

“It was my goal coming in and I was worried about it earlier today but it’s nice to have it,” said Russell in reference to winning a second swimmer of the meet award and Sprinter’s Cup. “Today, I think I swam very well. Ending it off helping my team win the relay was a great way to end [my career at] the University of Toronto. We hit everything we wanted to going into the meet.”

Russell broke the CIS record in the men’s 50-metre freestyle on Friday with a time of 21.73. He went on to win the 100 free on Saturday in a time of 47.94, 0.73 seconds ahead of Laval’s Dominique Massie-Martel. He also captured gold in the 200 free (1:45.04), was a member of the first-place 4x200 free and 4x100 medley relay teams, and was a silver medallist in the 50 breast (27.73) and the 4x100 free relay.

UBC’s Martha McCabe was named the CIS female swimmer of the year for her double-gold medal performance in the 50- and 200-metre breaststroke. The third-year swimmer scored the highest FINA score of the women’s competition (937) and had the highest combined total of 1826.

The Toronto native finished first in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.91) as the T-Birds swept the podium on Friday night. The third-year human kinetics major placed third in the 50 breaststroke in a time of 31.95. McCabe also claimed a silver medal in the women’s 100-metre breaststroke, 0.59 seconds behind 2010 Sprinter’s Cup recipient Erica Morningstar of the Calgary Dinos.

“I’m pretty excited,” said McCabe. “I’ve never won an individual gold medal so that was my big goal coming in here so I’m thrilled to get this award as well. We had a really good meet. Our team is such a young team right now but I’m so excited for the next two years.”

Morningstar, a sophomore who has now won 14 gold medals in 14 CIS championship races, defended her 2009 CIS title in the 50-metre freestyle (25.21), out-touching co-silver medallists Hayley Nell of Western Ontario and Marie-Pier Ratelle of Laval (25.51) by just three-tenths of a second.

The Regina native finished the three-day event with a gold-medal performance in the 100 freestyle (54.21) on Saturday. The 2009 female rookie of the year also earned gold in the women’s 100 breast (1:06.71), 200 IM relay (2:11.57) and was a member of the Dino’s first-place finishes in the 4x100 free, 4x200 free and 4x100 medley relays.

Bogdan Knezevic of the Calgary Dinos earned 2010 male rookie of the year honours. The first-year science major finished third in the 100-metre breaststroke for his first appearance on the CIS podium. Knezevic finished in a time of 1:01.11 behind teammate and gold-medalist Jason Block (59.42) and Western’s Bryn Jones (1:01.10). The Toronto native also finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.37) and in fifth place in the 200 IM (2:01.44)

Calgary’s Allison Long was named the female rookie of the year with a gold-medal finish in the 50-metre breaststroke. The Calgary native finished the race in 31.10 seconds, edging Laval’s Marie-Pier Ratelle (31.77) and McCabe (31.95).

She was a member of the Dinos’ gold-medal and record-setting 4x100 medley relay team and finished fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke in a time of 1:08.73 and fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:31.24).

The aforementioned women’s relay and new national record was followed by another spectacular duel between the Dinos and the Blues in the men’s 4x100 medley. As was the case the night before, Calgary jumped out to the early lead after two swimmers. However, Toronto’s CIS champion butterflyer Zach Chetrat made up a lot of ground before giving way to Russell, who passed Calgary’s Ryan Gow to claim a second relay gold for the home town Blues.

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS

Women

Swimmer of the year: Martha McCabe, UBC
Rookie of the year: Allison Long, Calgary
Sprinter’s Cup (single winner of both 50 and 100 free): Erica Morningstar, Calgary
Coach of the year: Mike Blondal, Calgary

Men

Swimmer of the year: Colin Russell, Toronto
Rookie of the year: Bogdan Knezevic, Calgary
Sprinter’s Cup (single winner of both 50 and 100 free): Colin Russell, Toronto
Coach of the year: Byron MacDonald, Toronto

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

Women

1. Calgary 679 points
2. UBC, 539
3. Montréal, 385.5
4. Western, 326.5
5. Toronto, 317.5
6. Alberta, 228
7. Laval, 211.5
8. Dalhousie, 132
9. Guelph, 107
10. Laurier, 95
11. Victoria, 88
12. McMaster, 76
13. McGill, 45
14. Ottawa, 42
15. Laurentian, 30
16. UNB, 27
17. Lethbridge, 21
18. Brock, 20
19. Regina, 14
20. Sherbrooke, 1

Men (Nelson C. Hart trophy)

1. Calgary, 636.5 points
2. Toronto, 551
3. UBC, 377
4. Laval, 361.5
5. Dalhousie, 240
6. Western, 223
7. Alberta, 206
8. Victoria, 170
9. Guelph, 149
10. Montréal, 118
11. Ottawa, 107
12. McGill, 105
13. McMaster, 70
14. Manitoba. 26
15. Lethbridge, 22
16. Sherbrooke, 16
17. York, 9
18. Memorial, 3
19. Waterloo, 2

DAY 3 INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS (Saturday)

W 800m Free
1. Kevyn Peterson, Calgary, 8:37.04
2. Pamela Ruksys, Toronto, 8:38.90
3. Heather Maitland, Toronto, 8:45.81

M 50m Breast
1. Jason Block, Calgary, 27.56
2. Colin Russell, Toronto, 27.73
3. Ryan Gow, Calgary, 28.32

W 50m Breast
1. Allison Long, Calgary, 31.10
2. Marie-Pier Ratelle, Laval, 31.77
3. Martha McCabe, UBC, 31.95

M 200m Back
1. Nicholas Sinclair, Victoria, 1:56.36
2. Andrew Ford, Guelph, 1:56.45
3. Cam Cummings, Toronto, 1:57. 41

W 200m Back
1. Katy Murdoch, Calgary, 2:09.37
2. Jessika Craig, Calgary, 2:11.26
3. Chrystele Roy L’Ecuyer, Montréal, 2:11.59

M 100m Free
1. Colin Russell, Toronto, 47.94
2. Dominique Massie-Martel, Laval, 49.21
3. Ryan Gow, Calgary, 49.29

W 100m Free
1. Erica Morningstar, Calgary, 54.21
2. Genevieve Samur, Montreal, 54.71
3. Seanna Mitchell, Calgary, 55.18

M 200m IM
1. Andrew Ford, Guelph, 2:00.47
2. Colin Miazga, Calgary, 2:00.67
3. Steven Bielby, McGill, 2:01.11

W 200m IM
1. Erica Morningstar, Calgary, 2:11.57
2. Hanna Pierse, UBC, 2:13.92
3. Jessica Johnson, Calgary, 2:15.84

M 1500m Free
1. Steven Bielby, McGill, 15:18.09
2. Julien Sauvage, Western, 15:22.86
3. Craig Dagnall, Victoria, 15:30.09

W 4 x 100m Medley Relay
1. Calgary 4:03.28 (Canadian Record / CIS championship record)
(Katy Murdoch, Allison Long, Seanna Mitchell, Erica Morningstar)
2. Montreal, 4:03.78
(Chrystele Roy L’Ecuyer, Sarah-Lee Hevey, Audrey Lacroix, Genevieve Samur
3. UBC, 4:07.97
(Rachelle Salli, Martha McCabe, Erin Miller, Brittney Harley)

M 4 x 100m Medley Relay
1. Toronto, 3:37.53
(Cam Cummings, Marco Monaco, Zack Chetrat, Colin Russell)
2. Calgary, 3:38.76
(Dan Langlois, Jason Block, Andrew Kudaba, Ryan Gow)
3. Laval, 3:41.39
(Bruno Langlois, Kevin Deret, Eric Cantin, Dominique Massie-Martel)

DAY 2 INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS (Friday)

W 100m Back
1. Katy Murdoch, Calgary, 59.31
2. Andrea Jurenovskis, Toronto, 1:00.72
3. Chrystele Roy L’Ecuyer, Montreal, 1:01.13

M 100m Back
1. Andrew Ford, Guelph, 54.01
2. David Sharpe, Dalhousie, 54.21
3. Cam Cummings, Toronto, 54.47

W 50m Fly
1. Chantique Payne, Guelph, 27.34
2. Sarah Taylor, McMaster, 27.47
3. Charlotte Dandurand, Laval, 27.65

M 50m Fly
1. Eric Cantin, Laval, 24.36
2. Mike Smerek, Toronto, 24.39
3. Mark Maizonnasse, Sherbrooke, 24.85

W 400m Free
1. Kevyn Peterson, Calgary, 4:08.71
2. Pamela Ruksys, Toronto, 4:12.92
3. Brittany Cooper, Western, 4:15.58

M 400m Free
1. Zack Chetrat, Toronto, 3:50.34
2. David Woodman, Calgary, 3:50.96
3. Steven Bielby, McGill, 3:51.00

W 200m Breast
1. Martha McCabe, UBC 2:21.91
2. Hanna Pierse, UBC, 2:26.26
3. Laura Thompson, UBC, 2:28.93

M 200m Breast
1. Jason Block, Calgary, 2:10.07
2. Bryn Jones, Western, 2:11.81
3. Marco Monaco, Toronto, 2:12.52

W 50m Free
1. Erica Morningstar, Calgary, 25.21
2. Hayley Nell, Western, 25.51
2. Marie-Pier Ratelle, Laval 25.51

M 50m Free
1. Colin Russell, Toronto, 21.73 (CIS championship record)
2. Ryan Gow, Calgary, 22.24
3. Martyn Forde, Toronto, 22.35

W 200m Fly
1. Audrey Lacroix, Montreal, 2:09.37
2. Erin Miller, UBC, 2:11.50
3. Jessica Johnson, Calgary, 2:13.60

M 200m Fly
1. Zack Chetrat, Toronto, 1:56.70
2. David Sharpe, Dalhousie, 1:58.53
3. Jordan Hartney, UBC, 1:59.43

W 4 x 200m Free Relay
1. Calgary 8:00.21
(Erica Morningstar, Katy Murdoch, Kevyn Peterson, Breanna Hendriks)
2. Montreal 8:03.48
(Genevieve Samur, Chrystele Roy L’Ecuyer, Sarah-Lee Hevey, Audrey Lacroix)
3. Toronto 8:09.12
(Andrea Jurenovskis, Heather Maitland, Melanie Davis, Pamela Ruksys)

M 4 x 200m Free Relay
1. Toronto 7:14.20
(Zack Chetrat, Curtis Samuel, Colin Russell, Cam Cummings)
2. Calgary 7:16.77
(Brad Hankewich, Colin Miazga, David Woodman, Bogdan Knezevic)
3. UBC 7:19.70
(Duncan Furrer, Tommy Gossland, Rory Biskupski, Matt Godbeer)

DAY 1 INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS (Thursday)

Women’s 200-meter Free
1. Genevieve Saumur, Montreal, 1:57.34
2. Kevyn Peterson, Calgary, 1:58.15
3. Katy Murdoch, Calgary, 1:58.73

Men’s 200m Free
1. Colin Russell, Toronto, 1:45.04
2. David Woodman, Calgary, 1:47.37
3. Adam Szoo, Laval, 1:47.48

W 50m Back
1. Genevieve Saumur, Montreal, 28.10
2. Katy Murdoch, Calgary, 28.13
3. Bethany Flemington, Guelph, 28.77

M 50m Back
1. David Sharpe, Dalhousie. 25.17
2. Dan Langlois, Calgary, 25.28
3. Cam Cummings, Toronto, 25.71

W 100m Breast
1. Erica Morningstar, Calgary, 1:06.71
2. Martha McCabe, UBC, 1:07.30
3. Kayla Voytechek, Alberta, 1:08.43

M 100m Breast
1. Jason Block, Calgary, 59.42
2. Bryn Jones, Western, 1:01.10
3. Bogdan Knezevic, Calgary, 1:01.11

W 100m Fly
1. Audrey Lacroix, Montreal, 59.79
2. Erin Miller, UBC, 1:00.46
3. Chantique Payne, Guelph, 1:00.90

M 100m Fly
1. Zack Chetrat, Toronto, 53.50
2. David Sharpe, Dalhousie, 53.82
3. Mike Smerek, Toronto, 53.89

W 400m IM
1. Hanna Pierse, UBC, 4:40.45
2. Jessica Johnson, Calgary, 4:45.45
3. Sarah-Lee Hevey, Montreal, 4:45.81

M 400m IM
1. Jordan Hartney, UBC, 4:14.08
2. Steven Bielby, McGill, 4:14.72
3. David Dimitrov, Calgary, 4:16.39

W 4 x 100m Free Relay
1. Calgary 3:40.36
(Katy Murdoch, Erica Morningstar, Kevyn Peterson, Seanna Mitchell)
2. Western Ontario 3:44.87
Ashleigh Dunnington, Hayley Nell, Amber Hutchinson, Alex Cooper)
3. Montreal 3:45.82
(Audrey Lacroix, Emilie Belleau, Chrystele Roy L'Ecuyer, Genevieve Saumur)

M 4 x 100m Free Relay
1. Calgary 3:17.63
(Ryan Gow, Brad Hankewich, Colin Miazga, David Woodman)
2. Toronto 3:18.21 34
(Martyn Forde, Taylor Bond, Colin Russell, Cam Cummings)
3. UBC 3:18.69 32
(Tommy Gossland, Rory Biskupski, Matt Godbeer, Duncan Furrer)