February 25, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – With Canadian Interuniversity championships underway, the UBC Thunderbirds finished first in women’s swimming competition and second on the men’s side, led by this week’s 1st Stars – rookie Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson and Coleman Allen.
Track and field student-athlete Peter Millman of Lethbridge and Manitoba hockey goalie Joe Caligiuri are also honoured on the men’s side, while UBC volleyball standout Lisa Barclay and Jenna Westaway, a member of the Calgary Dinos track and field squad, receive the conference’s 2nd and 3rd Star honours in women’s competiton.
1st STAR: Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, UBC (swimming)
Home: Ottawa, ON
Rookie Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson had a spectacular debut in her first CIS swimming championship, winning four gold medals and one silver en route to being named both the Rookie of the Year and the Female Swimmer of the Year.
The Ottawa native’s performance also helped her UBC Thunderbirds to the CIS national title, which they won by the largest margin in the history of the meet. UBC finished with 802.5 points compared to the 405 earned by second-place finishers, Montreal.
On day one, Seltenreich-Hodgson broke the CIS record in the women’s 400-metre individual medley, winning gold in a time of four minutes and 34.76 seconds.
She added two more gold medals on the second day of competition. Seltenreich-Hodgson was the first to finish the 200m butterfly, in 2:11.61. She then teamed up with Savannah King, Brittney Harley and Heather MacLean to pace UBC to gold in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay.
The first-year Arts student then capped off the meet with a gold in the 200m IM (2:09.48) and a silver medal in the 200m backstroke (2:08.05).
2nd STAR: #2 Lisa Barclay, UBC (volleyball)
It was another impressive week for UBC Thunderbirds outside hitter Lisa Barclay.
She was named the Canada West’s Most Valuable Player on Wednesday and then led her UBC squad to victory at the league’s Final Four championship tournament at War Memorial Gymnasium on the weekend.
With a berth to the CIS women’s volleyball championship on the line in Friday’s Canada West semifinal, Barclay knocked down 27 kills and recorded 10 digs over four sets to overwhelm UBC Okanagan in four sets.
In the Canada West championship match, Barclay again had the most kills for UBC with 13 in just three sets, as the T-Birds swept past the Manitoba Bisons.
With the weekend victories, UBC qualified for the CIS tournament and will have the opportunity to defend the national title it has won the last six seasons.
The T-Birds, the top seeds, will open the national championship with a first-round matchup on Friday against the host Regina Cougars, who are the eighth seeds.
3rd STAR: Jenna Westaway, Calgary (track & field)
After winning two honours at the Canada West track & field championships – Female Athlete of the Year and Female Performance of the Meet – 2013 CIS track & field Athlete of the Year – Jenna Westaway from the University of Calgary Dinos claims 3rd Star of the Week.
Westaway, a second-year Medicine student, picked up a pair of gold medals (600m and 1000m) as well as a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at this year’s conference championships, hosted on Friday and Saturday in Edmonton by the University of Alberta.
The Dinos finished second in women’s team standings and head to CIS Nationals, back at the U of A, March 6-8.
1st STAR: Coleman Allen, UBC (swimming)
Home: Spokane, WA
UBC Thunderbirds swimmer Coleman Allen was honoured as the CIS Male Swimmer of the Year after an outstanding performance at the CIS Swimming Championship at the University of Toronto. The third-year Arts student earned five gold medals and two silvers at the national meet, with two of the wins coming in record-breaking fashion.
On the first day of the event, Allen raced to the finish in the 100-metre butterfly in a time of 51.44 seconds, bettering his own CIS record in the event. He began the night with a gold-medal finish in the 200m freestyle race, winning in 1:45.13. To cap off the first night, Allen, along with Luke Peddie, Sergey Holson and Stefan Milosevic, won the 4x100m freestyle relay in 3:16.21.
In the third-last event of day two, Allen just missed another gold, taking second place in the men’s 200m butterfly with a time of 1:55.28. He returned to the pool shortly after to compete in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, the final race of the night. Allen teamed up with three rookies, Milosevic, Jonathan Brown and Justin Chan, to set a new CIS and Canadian short course record of 7:09.50.
Allen won two more medals on day three, with a silver in the 100m freestyle (48.75) and a gold in the 4x100m medley relay (3:34.10). Allen moved UBC into first place during his butterfly leg, overtaking rivals Calgary.
2nd STAR: Peter Millman, Lethbtridge (track & field)
Second-year thrower Peter Millman continued his stellar start to his university throwing career, winning the gold medal in both the weight throw and shot put events this past weekend at the Canada West track and field championships hosted by the University of Alberta.
In his first event of the meet, the Truro, NS native set a new personal best in the weight throw, en route to his second career gold medal in the event. His throw of 18.82m won the event by over one metre. The next day in the shot put event, he set another personal best mark, hitting 16.91m on his sixth and final throw. It was the second time this season that he had set a personal best mark in that event.
With his outstanding performance at the Canada West Championships, Millman was named the Canada West field athlete of the year this season.
3rd STAR: #1 Joe Caligiuri, Manitoba (hockey)
The Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team (12-12-4, playoffs: 2-1) defeated Mount Royal Cougars 2-1 in the best-of-three quarter-final series at home on Feb. 21-23. The Bisons only allowed five goals in three post-season games and goaltender Joe Caligiuri posted a shutout, named twice as star of the game and leads the conference in playoff Goals Against Average and Save Pct. after the series.
To begin the weekend, the Winnipeg native was stellar in the nets despite a 3-2 (2 OT) loss as he posted a 52 save performance and named third star in the longest game in Bison men’s hockey history.
In game two, the fourth year veteran gained the win with 22 saves in a 4-2 win on Sat. Feb. 22. To end the series the next day, Caligiuri might have left his best play for the deciding game as he posted a 24 save shutout during a 2-0 win and was rewarded with a first star selection for his effort.
After the first round of the 2014 Canada West playoffs, Caligiuri is first in Canada West with 1.47 Goals Against Average and .951 Save Pct. plus tied for first with one shutout.
Manitoba now advance to the 2014 Canada West Semi Final best-of-three playoff series against the #4 Calgary Dinos (21-4-3) on the February 28-March 2 weekend. The best-of-three playoff semi-final series will be played at Calgary (Father David Bauer Arena) and starts on Friday, February 28 with puck drop at 8 p.m. for game one. Game two will be on Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. and, if necessary, game three scheduled for Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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