UBC Takes Commanding Lead on Day 1 at USPORTS Championships

(excerpts from usports.ca)

UBC, looking to defend its USPORTS Swimming Championships on both the men's and women's side, got off to a strong start on Thursday at the University of Toronto pool.

“We thought we had really good morning swims,” said UBC head coach Steve Price. “These guys know it’s a six-session meet and they have to be good in every session. They’ve done their job on Day 1 and now they have got to keep the pedal to the metal and see if they can keep building on their lead.”

Leading the T-Birds on a dominant Day 1 were their four 2016 Olympians. Markus Thormeyer (1:43.78) and Yuri Kisil (1:44.50) opened the night with a 1-2 finish in the men’s 200 freestyle, while Emily Overholt (4:35.79) and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (4:38.07) led a UBC sweep of the women’s 400 IM podium. Megan Dalke picked up the bronze in 4:38.20.

Josiah Binnema also reached the top of the podium for the T-Birds, winning his second career U SPORTS 100m butterfly title in 52.13 seconds. UBC wrapped up the night with a first-place finish in the men’s 4x100 freestyle relay as Thormeyer, Kisil, Binnema and Luke Peddie notched a time of 3:14.58.

UVIC is looking to squeeze into the Top5 in both the men's and women's races, and had a good start on Day 1. They were led by performances by Danielle Hanus's second-place finishes in W50BK and W100FL, while Josh Zakala did likewise in M400IM.

Team Scores After Day 1


  1. UBC, 412 points
  2. Toronto, 305
  3. Montreal, 252
  4. Calgary, 170
  5. Victoria, 107.5


  1. UBC, 323 points
  2. Calgary, 285.5
  3. Toronto, 279
  4. McGilll, 181.5
  5. Western, 150
  6. Victoria, 142