SwimBC athletes rose to the occasion USPORTS Swimming Championships, held this past weekend at the University of Toronto Varsity pool. Over the three days of competition, BC swimmers racked up a total of 15 gold, 16 silver, and 13 bronze medals.
Several records fell at the hands of BC swimmers. Markus Thormeyer (UBCT) clocked a 52.30 to claim the pool record in the Men’s 100m Backstroke, beating out the previous record of 52.66 set in 2014. His teammate Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (UBCT) touched the wall in a 2:09.41 in the Women’s 200m IM to break the previous pool record set back in 2009 by Erica Morningstar, the Canadian record holder in the event. Yuri Kisil (UBCT) broke the Men’s 50m Freestyle championship record set back in 2010 by 0.04 seconds in heats. Kisil later went on to drop another 0.19 seconds off of his heats time to a 21.50 in finals. Thormeyer carried on his record breaking performances to break the championship record in the Men’s 200m Backstroke record that he set at the event last year. His time of 1:52.90 also broke the former pool record set in 2014.
Highlights on the women’s side include Danielle Hanus’s (UVic) multi-medal weekend, as well as Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson’s (UBCT) Super Grand Slam. Hanus picked up three silver medals in the 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, and 100m Butterfly as well as a gold in the 200m Butterfly. Seltenreich-Hodgson capped off her career as a Thunderbird with her fifth career 200m IM gold medal. Emily Overholt (UBCT) earned the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year award with her gold in the 400m IM, silver in the 400m Freestyle, and bronze in the 200m IM. Seltenreich-Hodgson and Overholt teamed up with Maia Brundage and Megan Dalke for their gold medal performance in the women’s 800m Freestyle relay.
On the men’s side, Thormeyer and Kisil owned the podium. Thormeyer won gold in the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, and 200m Freestyle. He also claimed silver in the 100m Freestyle.. Kisil won the 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle, which earned him the honour of the Men’s Sprinter’s Cup for his second consecutive year. He also added a silver in the 200m Freestyle. Thormeyer and Kisil, along with their UBC teammates added gold medals in the 400m Medley relay, 400m Freestyle relay, and the 800m Freestyle relay. In addition to the Sprinter’s Cup, Kisil also earned the U SPORTS Male Swimmer of the Year award for his second consecutive season.
UBC Thunderbirds topped the point scores for both men and women with 1151.5 points on the men’s side and 1362.5 points on the women’s side. UVic cracked the Top Five in both team races as well, scoring a fourth place finish on the men’s side with 485.5 points, and a fifth place finish on the women’s side with 291.5 points.
Congratulations to all athletes and coaches who competed this weekend!
- Markus Thormeyer (UBCT) Men’s 200m Free 1:43.78
- Josiah Binnema (UBCT) Men’s 100m Fly 52.13
- Emily Overholt (UBCT) Women’s 400m IM 4:35.79
- Markus Thormeyer, Yuri Kisil, Luke Peddie, Josiah Binnema (UBCT) Men’s 400m Free Relay 3:14.58
- Markus Thormeyer (UBCT) Men’s 100m Back 52.30*
- Luke Peddie (UBCT) Men’s 50m Fly 23.87
- Yuri Kisil (UBCT) Men’s 50m Free 21.50**
- Danielle Hanus (UVic) Women’s 200m Fly 2:08.94
- Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Maia Brundage, Emily Overholt, Megan Dalke (UBCT) Women’s 800m Free Relay 7:57.88
- Markus Thormeyer, Jonathan Brown, Josiah Binnema, Yuri Kisil (UBCT) Men’s 800m Free Relay 7:10.07
- Warren Mayer (UBCT) Men’s 50m Breastroke 27.58
- Markus Thormeyer (UBCT) Men’s 200m Back 1:52.90***
- Yuri Kisil (UBCT) Men’s 100m Free 47.12
- Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (UBCT) Women’s 200m IM 2:09.41*
- Markus Thormeyer, Jonathan Brown, Josiah Binnema, Yuri Kisil (UBCT) Men’s 400m Medley Relay 3:32.40
- * = Pool Record
- ** = Championships Record
- *** = Pool and Championships Record