Yuri Kisil

VANCOUVER – The youngsters of UBC Thunderbirds swimming continue to impress for Canada at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.


Calgary’s Yuri Kisil, an 18-year-old who will be joining the T-Birds in the fall, continued his improvement in the 100-metre freestyle.

“Kisil the Missile” swam his second personal best of the meet. His time of 49.27 seconds was good for fourth place, and less than a quarter second from breaking up the Australian sweep of James Magnussen (48.11), Cameron McEvoy (48.34) and Tommaso D’Orsogna (49.04).

“I did easy speed for the first 25 and then started kicking it into high gear for the second 25 and the last 50,” Kisil said. “I thought I found a good compensation there and just trying to swim my best in the final with all the cheering and everything.”

In the women’s 200-m individual medley final Sunday, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of Ottawa came fifth at 2:11.76, a personal best for the soon-to-be second-year Arts student.

Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., advanced to Monday’s women’s 100-m breaststroke final in fifth spot. She was second in her semifinal race, touching the wall in 1:08.11. UBC alumna Martha McCabe of Toronto was eliminated from medal contention after an eighth-place showing in the second 100-m breaststroke semifinal.

Coleman Allen of Barrie, Ont., recorded a time of 53.63 in the first men’s 100-m butterfly semifinal, good enough for sixth place. However, that result didn’t advance him to the event final.

In men’s rugby sevens, Canada, featuring UBC graduate Harry Jones of West Vancouver, lifted the Bowl at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium after beating Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda and the Cook Islands on Sunday.

Canada opened the day with a 33-0 shutout of Trinidad & Tobago in their bowl quarter-final match before defeating Uganda 32-0.

In the Bowl Final, Jones scored a try as Canada crushed the Cook Islands 50-7.

After going 1-2 in pool play yesterday to fall out of medal contention, Jones and Canada conclude the Commonwealth competition with a best-possible ninth-place finish.

Both of Canada’s field hockey teams notched its first victories in Glasgow. The women’s squad had all six UBC members in its starting lineup against Trinidad & Tobago and earned a 4-1 win. Team captain and Thunderbirds alumna Kate Gillis scored a 56th-minute goal while current goalkeeper Lauren Logush made her first appearance at these games and got the win.

The final preliminary round game for Canada (1-2) will be July 30 against New Zealand.

UBC alumni provided all the scoring for Canada’s men’s field hockey team in a 3-1 triumph over Trinidad & Tobago.

After hitting the post twice before, team captain Scott Tupper opened the scoring in the 28th minute on a penalty corner. In the 44th minute, Mark Pearson made it 2-0 before David Jameson added an insurance goal in the 60th to make it 3-1.

Canada (1-2) will play its final preliminary round game on July 29 against England.

– with files from Swimming Canada, Rugby Canada and Field Hockey Canada