July 256,2014(ISN) – VANCOUVER – UBC Thunderbirds swimmers were involved in three event finals at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday.


Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., finished fifth in the women’s 50-metre backstroke event, touching the wall in 31.22 seconds. That was the second-fastest 50 of her career, but just off the 30.74 she posted in Thursday’s semifinal.

“I felt better in warmup today than I did yesterday but the race was definitely better swum yesterday, which is unfortunate because if I would have gone that time I would have medalled today,” said Van Beilen, a Kinesiology student, in a Swimming Canada news release. “Yesterday was a best time so you can’t really complain going over a half second faster in a 50. So I think it’s good for me to have that kind of confidence going into the rest of the races this week and I’m excited for my next races ahead.”

Van Beilen will be right back in the pool Saturday morning for the 200-m breaststroke heats, along with 2011 FINA World Championships medallist and Thunderbirds alumna Martha McCabe of Toronto.

Luke Reilly of Richmond made the 400-m individual medley final in his first international games at the senior level and finished seventh with a time of 4:19.72.

Coleman Allen of Barrie, Ont., was fifth in his 200-m freestyle heat, touching the wall in 1:50.31. He didn’t advance to the next round.

He was also on the 4×100-m freestyle relay squad that placed fifth in the event final. Allen was joined by incoming Thunderbirds recruit Yuri Kisil of Calgary, Russell Wood and Evan White. They combined to record a time of 3:19.68.

John Atkinson, Swimming Canada’s High Performance Director, was pleased to see the group – which has an average age of 19 – improve on its heat time by nearly a second.

“They’re a young team who have got great promise for the future and did a great job,” he said.

Kisil will begin the 100-m freestyle tomorrow morning.

Also in action on Friday was Canada’s women’s field hockey team, which featured three Thunderbirds, Sara McManus (Delta, B.C.), Hannah Haughn (West Vancouver, B.C.) and Poonam Sandhu (Vancouver), and two UBC alumni, Kate Gillis of Kingston, Ont., and Abigail Raye (Kelowna, B.C.), in its starting lineup.

Newly appointed UBC coach Robin B’Abreo is an assistant with Team Canada.

Unfortunately, the Canadians were shutout in a 2-0 loss to South Africa. The team is 0-2 in pool play and will face Trinidad and Tobago on July 27.

Canada’s men’s field hockey team, which boasts 11 current and former Thunderbirds on its roster of 16, will face Malaysia on Saturday morning at 3 a.m. Pacific.