BEAVERTON, Oregon – Trinity Western University swimmers Christian Desjarlais and Patrick Loftus posted both CIS and Canadian Senior National Championships qualification times this past weekend in what was an impressive showing from the two first-year Spartans at the annual Paul Bergen Junior International SCM Championships.
In an event that includes some of the top 18-years-old and under swimmers from Germany, the United States and Canada, Desjarlais, who had already qualified for the CIS national championships earlier this year in the 400m freestyle, not only added the 200m freestyle to his CIS national championships schedule with a time of 1:51.99, he also qualified for the Canadian Senior Nationals and Olympic Trials with that 200m free time and a 400m free time of 3:55.52.
Not to be outdone, Loftus earned a spot at the CIS national championships in both the 50m backstroke, with a time of 26.62, and the 200m backstroke, with a time of 2:04.91 and, in the process, also qualified for the Senior Nationals and Olympic Trials with his 50m back time.
“Our swimmers handled the international competition very well,” said Spartans coach Brian Metcalfe. “We posted some of our best ever times and had some remarkable second swims, which is very impressive against a very tough field. Our training and hard work is paying off with kids rising to new heights.”
The Spartans now have three swimmers qualified for the CIS national championships, which run Feb. 23-26 in Montreal, in five different events. Along with Desjarlais and Loftus, Trinity Western’s Lindsey Romkes has qualified on the women’s side for the 200m butterfly.
The Trinity Western swimming teams are now off for the Christmas break in terms of competition and will return to the pool Jan. 14-15 for the New Westminster Hyack Invitational.
Weekend Best Times
50m Free 24.55*
100m Free 52.94*
200m Free 1:51.99*
400m Free 3:55.52*
100m Fly 59.65
50m Back 26.62*
100m Back 57.68*
200m Back 2:04.91*
50m Free 24.79
200m Free 2:00.31
*Trinity Western University records