CIS athletes of the week (#20): Montreal’s Jardin, Toronto’s Chetrat honoured

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Swimmers Barbara Jardin from the University of Montreal and Zack Chetrat from the University of Toronto are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 9, 2014.

Jardin, a first-year arts and science student from Montreal, was named female athlete of the year and rookie of the year after she claimed five gold medals in as many events and led the Carabins women to the team banner at the RSEQ championships in Sherbrooke, Que. The 2012 Olympian set a conference record in the 400-metre freestyle (4:08.81), registered the fastest time in the country this season in the 400 medley (4:37.02) and added victories in the 200 free (1:58.64) as well as the 4×200 free and 4×100 medley relays. Thanks to her time of 1:58.18 as the first swimmer in the 4×200 free relay, Jardin is also ranked number one in the nation in that individual event going into next week’s CIS championships at the University of Toronto (Feb. 20-22).

Swimmers Meagan Bernier of Dalhousie and Vanessa Treasure of Toronto as well as Alberta volleyball player Meg Casault were also nominated for the women’s award.

Chetrat, a fifth-year economics student from Oakville, Ont., also captured five gold medals last weekend and earned male-MVP honours after he guided the Varsity Blues to the men’s team title at the OUA championships in St. Catharines, Ont. The senior national team member, who represented Canada at last summer’s FINA world championships, swept all three individual butterfly events, setting a new conference mark in the 100m race (53.35), and led the Blues to victory in the 4×200 free and 4×100 medley relays, including an OUA record-tying time in the 4×200 free (7:23.84). The five-time OUA all-star and four-time all-Canadian hopes to help the Toronto men defend their CIS team banner next week in their own Varsity Pool.

Swimmers David Sharpe of Dalhousie and Frédéric Le Blanc of Montreal as well as Alberta volleyball player Jay Olmstead were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Meagan Bernier, swimming, Dalhousie
RSEQ: Barbara Jardin, swimming, Montreal (recipient)
OUA: Vanessa Treasure, swimming, Toronto
CWUAA: Meg Casault, volleyball, Alberta

Male nominees:
AUS: David Sharpe, swimming, Dalhousie
RSEQ: Frédéric Le Blanc, swimming, Montreal
OUA: Zack Chetrat, swimming, Toronto (recipient)
CWUAA: Jay Olmstead, volleyball, Alberta

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