Vikes sweep the men’s 1500-m freestyle podium

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

February 24, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – On the third and final day of the 2013 CIS Swimming Championships hosted by the University of Calgary, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s swim team owned the podium in the 1500-m freestyle with a first, second and third place finish.

The UVic men’s swim team ended the 2013 CIS championship on a high note when they swept the 1500-m freestyle podium. Led by Eric Hedlin (San Diego, CA), recently awarded as the 2013 CIS Rookie of the Year, the Vikes finished first, second and third. Hedlin swam to a time of 15:13.23 while Will Brothers (Victoria, BC) and 2012 Olympian Richard Weinberger (Surrey, BC) came in at 15:16.68 and 15:26.80, respectively.

Overall, the Vikes men finished the meet in fourth with 273.5 points while the UVic women placed twelfth with 97. The University of Toronto took top honours on the men’s side while the University of British Columbia won the women’s title.

“We were kind of fighting to be fourth the whole way because of the guys that were sick,” said Peter Vizsolyi, head coach of the Vikes men’s and women’s swim teams. “We had pretty good performances with Eric named rookie of the year and Stephanie [Horner] to the Canadian FISU team so overall we did well.”

Additional finishes on the men’s side were Richard Bourgeois (Nanaimo, BC), 13th in the 50-m breaststroke with a time of 29.35, while Nicholas Sinclair (Victoria, B.C.) (2:02.39) and Andre Kudaba (Port Coquitlam, BC) (2:02.50) competed in the 200-m backstroke to come in 13th and 14th, respectively. In the men’s 200-m IM Sinclair clocked a time of 2:05.35 to place 12th.

In the men’s 400-m medley relay the Vikes contingent of Sinclair, Bourgeois, Kudaba and Keegan Zanatta (Victoria, BC) came in at 12th with their time of 3:44.89.

The best finish of the day for the women came from Stephanie Horner’s (Beaconsfield, Que.) 2:18.21 time in the 200-m IM as she placed 10th. The women’s 400-m medley relay team of Allison Wood (Victoria, BC), Rebecca Langlois (Victoria, BC), Sydney Carr (Victoria, BC) and Horner came in at 10th with their time of 4:18.74.


With Horner’s first place finish yesterday and Hedlin’s gold medal today, both earned automatic qualification for Canada’s swim team heading to the Universiade in Kazan, Russia from Jul. 6-17.

The Vikes will wrap up their season in two weeks’ time as their last meet of the year is the B.C. Senior Championship, Mar. 10-11, in Vancouver.


Gold (CIS First Team All-Canadians)

Stephanie Horner, 200-m butterfly, 2:12.93

Eric Hedlin, 1500-m freestyle, 15:13.23

Silver (CIS Second Team All-Canadians)

Eric Hedlin, 400-m freestyle, 3:52.95

Will Brothers, 1500-m freestyle, 15:16.68


Keegan Zanatta, 200-m freestyle, 1:47.52

Richard Weinberger, 1500-m freestyle, 15:26.80


Eric Hedlin – 2013 CIS Rookie of the Year



1. UBC, 691.5 points

2. Calgary, 548

3. Toronto, 300

4. Montreal, 270.5

5. Dalhousie, 251

6. Western, 216

7. Laval, 164

8. McGill, 160

9. Alberta, 150.5

10. UQTR, 148

11. McMaster, 133

12. Victoria, 97

13. Ottawa, 84

14. Guelph, 78

15. Wilfrid Laurier, 26

16. Manitoba, 25

17. Sherbrooke, 15.5

18. Laurentian, 14

19. UQAM, 10

20. Regina, 7

21. Brock, 3

22. UNB, 1

Men (Nelson C. Hart trophy)

1. Toronto, 539 points

2. UBC, 524

3. Calgary, 514

4. Victoria, 273.5

5. Laval, 246

6. Alberta, 239

7. McMaster, 180

8. McGill, 171.5

9. Montreal, 143

10. Western, 142

11. Dalhousie, 127

12. Lethbridge, 82

13. Ottawa, 66

14. Guelph, 62

15. Manitoba, 37

16. Acadia, 14

17. Waterloo, 12

18. Regina, 3


Women 800m Free

1. Savannah King, UBC, 8:33.74

2. Gabrielle Soucisse, Montreal, 8:38.83

3. Bridget Coley, Toronto, 8:44.47

Men 50m Breast

1. Jason Block, Calgary, 27.22 (CIS Championship Record)

2. Brian Lee, Toronto, 27.95

3. Kevin Deret, Laval, 28.10

W 50m Breast

1. Tianna Rissling, Calgary, 30.97

2. Fiona Doyle, Calgary, 31.00

3. Tera Van Beilen, UBC, 31.11

M 200m Back

1. Gleb Suvorov, Calgary, 1:55.29

2. Matthew Byers, Toronto, 1:55.89

3. Russell Wood, Calgary, 1:55.95

W 200m Back

1. Gabrielle Soucisse, Montreal, 2:07.74

2. Geneviève Cantin, Laval, 2:08.67

3. Taylor Moore, Ottawa, 2:11.93

M 100m Free

1. Dominique Massey-Martel, Laval, 48.55

2. Kelly Aspinall, UBC, 49.16

3. Evan Van Moerkerke, Guelph, 49.28

W 100m Free

1. Caroline Lapierre-Lemire, UQTR, 54.51

2. Heather MacLean, UBC, 54.65

3. Brittney Harley, UBC, 55.36

M 200m IM

1. Steven Bielby, McGill, 2:00.00

2. Cameron Bailey, McMaster, 2:00.32

3. Bogdan Knezevic, Calgary, 2:00.48

W 200m IM

1. Erica Morningstar, Calgary, 2:10.49

2. Katie Caldwell, McGill, 2:13.25

3. Sarah-Lee Hevey, Montreal, 2:13.65

M 1500m Free

1. Eric Hedlin, Victoria, 15:13.23

2. Will Brothers, Victoria, 797

3. Richard Weinberger, Victoria, 771

W 4 x 100m Medley Relay

1. Calgary 4:02.86

(Erica Morningstar, Fiona Doyle, Lindsay Delmar, Amanda Reason)

2. UBC 4:03.88

(Erin Stamp, Tera Van Beilen, Grainne Pierse, Heather MacLean)

3. Montreal 4:10.61

(Gabrielle Soucisse, Marie-Soleil Jean-Lachapelle, Marie-Pierre Berube, Sarah-Lee Hevey)

M 4 x 100m Medley Relay

1. UBC 3:35.10

(Kelly Aspinall, Sergey Holson, Coleman Allen, Luke Peddie)

2. Calgary 3:35.57

(Russell Wood, Jason Block, Gleb Suvorov, David Woodman)

3. Laval 3:37.90

(Pascal-Hugo Caron-Cantin, Kevin Deret, Quentin Martin, Dominique Massey-Martel)

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