The UBC Dolphins are pleased to announce Olympian Tera Van Beilen has joined the swim club this season. One of the world’s top breaststroke swimmers, Van Beilen has competed at the 2012 Olympic Games, the 2011 and 2013 Summer Universiades and the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships.
Originally from Oakville, Ont., Van Beilen currently attends the University of British Columbia, where she competes for the UBC Thunderbirds women’s swim team, two-time defending Canadian Interuniversity Sport champions, during the varsity season. She trains under Vancouver National Swim Centre coaches Tom Johnson and Jozsef Nagy, who are based at UBC.
"Making the switch to swim for the UBC Dolphins is something I have been thinking of doing for a while and I’m excited to start this new stage in my swimming career,” remarked Van Beilen. “I couldn’t be more honoured to be a part of a world-class team with such incredible athletes and coaches."
Van Beilen makes the move from the Oakville Aquatic Club, where she developed as a successful age group swimmer under then head coach Alex Wallingford. She moved to Vancouver in the fall of 2011 to attend UBC, compete for the Thunderbirds and train at the Vancouver National Swim Centre.
"Having Tera join the ranks of the UBC Dolphins at this point in her career is a win-win for everyone,” said Dolphins head coach Steve Price. “Here, she gets to train and compete alongside some of the best swimmers in Canada, including World Championship finalist Noemie Thomas. This will allow Tera to compete in relays and provide her with more meaningful racing opportunities. The club is fortunate to have another top talent joining its storied list of swimmers both current and past.”
In May, the club will host its annual Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet, an event that attracts the top swimmers from around Canada and the world. Last year, U.S. Olympic stars Ryan Lochte and Elizabeth Beisel competed alongside Canadian stars.
In 2015, both the UBC Dolphins and UBC Thunderbirds will move into their new home upon the completion of the new state-of-the-art UBC Aquatic Centre.