CIS athletes of the week (#22): UBC swimmers Seltenreich-Hodgson, Allen honoured

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Feb 26, 2014

OTTAWA (CIS) – Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson and Coleman Allen, both swimmers from the University of British Columbia, are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 23, 2014.

Seltenreich-Hodgson, a first-year arts student from Ottawa, was named CIS female rookie and swimmer of the year after she helped the UBC women capture their third straight team banner at the national championships, in Toronto. The super freshman claimed four gold medals in the 400-metre individual medley (4:34.76), 200 IM (2:09.48), 200 butterfly (2:11.61) and 4×200 freestyle relay, and added silver in the 200 backstroke (2:08.05). Her time in the 400 IM set a new championship record, while the Thunderbirds’ margin of victory of 397.5 points over second-place Montreal in the team standings was the largest in meet history.

Montreal swimmer Sandrine Mainville and a pair of track and field stars, Eilish MacQuarrie of St. Francis Xavier and Katelyn Ayers of Guelph, were also nominated for the women’s award.

Allen, a third-year arts student from Spokane, Wash., earned male swimmer-of-the-year honours at the CIS championships thanks to his seven podium finishes in as many races, including five gold and two silver medals, as well as a pair of new meet standards. The 6-foot-3 junior, who helped the UBC men take second place in the team standings, was victorious in the 100m butterfly (51.44), 200 freestyle (1:45.13) and all three relay events, and was second in the 200 fly (1:55.28) and 100 free (48.75). Allen set championship records in the 100 fly and the 4×200 free relay, where the T-Birds also broke the Canadian short-course club mark with a time of 7:09.50.

Track and field standouts Bryden Tate of St. Francis Xavier, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Laval and Dontae Richards-Kwok of York were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Eilish MacQuarrie, track & field, St. Francis Xavier
RSEQ: Sandrine Mainville, swimming, Montreal
OUA: Katelyn Ayers, track & field, Guelph
CWUAA: Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, swimming, UBC (recipient)

Male nominees:
AUS: Bryden Tate, track & field, St. Francis Xavier
RSEQ: Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, track & field, Laval
OUA: Dontae Richards-Kwok, track & field, York
CWUAA: Coleman Allen, swimming, UBC (recipient)

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