McCabe, a Kinesiology graduate from Toronto, finished the race in two minutes and 25.46 seconds. It was the best time this year for the 24-year-old, who is still working her way back from a stress fracture in her clavicle that caused her to miss weeks of training.
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Current UBC swimmer Tera Van Beilen, of Oakville, Ont., was third in her 200-m breaststroke heat earlier on Saturday, which was won by McCabe, and didn’t advance to the final. Van Beilen touched the wall in 2:28.40.
A future T-Bird also made waves in the Tollcross Swimming Centre pool as Calgarian Yuri Kisil clinched a spot in the 100-m freestyle final by finishing fourth in his semifinal at 49.53 seconds.
UBC rugby graduate Harry Jones and his Canadian team went 1-2 on the opening day of action in rugby sevens.
New Zealand blanked Canada 39-0 to open the Commonwealth tournament. Jones scored a try in Canada’s second match, a 68-5 victory over Barbados. The team’s final game of the day, against hosts Scotland, would determine which country would advance to the medal round and remain in contention for a podium spot. Unfortunately, the Canadians fell 21-5 to drop into the bowl quarter-finals.
Canada will battle Trinidad and Tobago in the first of four bowl quarter-final matches, at 2:32 a.m. Pacific, at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium.
Former Thunderbird David Jameson played his 200th match for Canada against Malaysia on Saturday. The Vancouver native was one of eight current or former UBC players in the starting lineup for the red and white. However, Canada suffered its second loss in preliminary play, as it was shutout 2-0 by Malaysia.
The team will look to rebound on Sunday as it faces Trinidad and Tobago.
Canada’s women’s field hockey team will also play Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow.