UBC lays claim to both Swimming titles


(ISN) – Lethbridge – Building off an impressive day two, the UBC Thunderbirds continued their dominance in the pool on the third and final day of the Canada West conference championships, running away with both the men’s and women’s team titles.


On the men’s side, it was a record breaking performance for the Thunderbirds, becoming the first men’s side to crack 1000 points, finishing with 1007 points. Adding three more gold medals to his name Sunday, Coleman Allen was named the male swimmer of the meet for the second straight Canada West Championships.

The race for second place in the standings came down to the final event and led by the strong opening swims from Joe Byram and Nick Kostiuk, the Alberta Golden Bears secured their second place spot in the team standings with a silver medal in the medley relay. The Bears finished the meet with 647 points and the Calgary Dinos came in third with 643 points.

For the UBC women, it was the team’s six consecutive and 26th overall Canada West Championship title. Led by female swimmer of the meet for the second consecutive year, Savannah King, the T-Birds finished with 1059 points, just shy of the conference record of 1071 that was set last year in Calgary. The Calgary Dinos finished second with 640 points and the Alberta Pandas were third with 517 points.

“Today was a great day for our group, especially the men becoming the first team to score over 1000 points,” said UBC head coach Steve Price.

“Our women continue to set the standard, while the guys stepped up this year. There is more depth, which resulted in more wins this year which bodes well moving forward. Needless to say I’m pretty pleased.”

The UBC women will now be looking for their fourth consecutive CIS Championship, February 19-21 hosted by the University of Victoria, while the men’s side will attempt to unseed the defending champion University of Toronto Varsity Blues, after finishing 80.5 points behind the Varsity Blues last year.

The Thunderbirds also swept the rookie of the meet awards with Jacomie Strydom claiming the women’s award and Yuri Kisil the men’s. Strydom swept the butterfly events, winning gold in the 50, 100 and 200, while Kisil won gold in the 100 freestyle, silver in the 200 freestyle and bronze in the 50.

UBC’s head coach Steve Price earned the coach of the year honours for both the men’s and women’s teams after his swimmers scored their dominant victories.

Again records fell at the Max Bell Aquatic Centre on day three with six new records being established, bringing the meet total to 13. Strydom opened the final session with a record in the 200 metre butterfly with teammate Coleman Allen following suit in the men’s race of the same discipline. Allen broke his second record of the day a short time later in the 100 metre backstroke.

Yuri Kisil broke the Canada West record in the 100 metre freestyle and fellow T-Bird Keegan Zanatta broke one of the longest standing records in the final individual event of the meet. Zanatta broke Mark Johnston’s record in the 400 metre freestyle that had stood since 2001, with a time of 3:46.82, shaving more than three seconds off the previous record.

The final record of the meet to fall was in the women’s 400 metre medley relay, with Erin Stamp, Tera Van Beilin, Strydom and Fionnuala Pierse combining to set a new mark of 4:01.54

The student-athlete awards went to Colleen Nesbitt of UBC and Bogdan Knezevic of Calgary.

Fifth-year swimmer Nesbitt is the founder and Vice President of Mentorship for the UBC Women in Science Club, which aims to increase the exposure of professional women in the science fields and create a community of involvement for female undergraduate students on the UBC Campus.

She has also volunteered weekly at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in the Adapted Aquatic Recreational Therapy program for the past three years.

Knezevic, a fifth-year neuroscience student, has volunteered at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and recently had his first article published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. In addition to his work with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, he is also involved in the University of Calgary chapter of the Triple Helix and given talks to several age group swim teams about maintaining a balance while pursuing dreams athletically and academically.

1. UBC, 1059
2. Calgary, 640
3. Alberta, 517
4. Victoria, 297
5. Lethbridge, 233
6. Manitoba, 196
7. Regina, 67
8. Thompson Rivers, 14

1. UBC, 1007 (Canada West Record)
2. Alberta, 647
3. Calgary, 643
4. Lethbridge, 258
5. Victoria, 246
6. Manitoba, 192
7. Regina, 50

Canada West Award Winners

Swimmers of the Meet
Women: Savannah King, UBC
Men: Coleman Allen, UBC

Rookie of the Meet
Women: Jacomie Strydom, UBC
Men: Yuri Kisil, UBC

Student-Athlete Community Service
Women: Colleen Nesbit, UBC
Men: Bogdan Knezevic, Calgary

Coach of the Year
Women: Steve Price, UBC
Men: Steve Price, UBC

All qualifiers now head to the CIS championship meet, February 19 -21 at the University of Victoria


Women 200 Butterfly
1. Jacomie Strydom, UBC, 2:11.23 (Canada West record)
2. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, UBC, 2:14.59
3. Erin Assman, UBC, 2:17.17

Men 200 Butterfly
1. Coleman Allen, UBC, 1:55.61 (Canada West record)
2. Wyatt Yarish, Calgary, 2:01.18
3. Justin Chan, UBC 2:01.41

Women 100 Freestyle
1. Fionnuala Pierse, UBC, 55.06
2. Amanda Reason, Calgary, 55.93
3. Fiona Doyle, Calgary, 56.28

Men 100 Freestyle
1. Yuri Kisil, UBC, 48.73 (Canada West record)
2. Stefan Milosevic, UBC, 49.58
3. Luke Peddie, UBC, 49.94

Women 200 IM
1. Erin Stamp, UBC, 2:10.51
2. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, UBC, 2:14.07
3. Tianna Rissling, Calgary, 2:15.11

Men 200 IM
1. Bogdan Knezevic, Calgary, 2:01.90
2. Jonathan Brown, UBC, 2:02.69
3. Luke Reilly, UBC, 2:03.15

Women 100 Backstroke
1. Sarah McLean, UBC, 1:01.47
2. Katherine Stamp, UBC, 1:02.80
3. McKenzie Summers, UBC, 1:02.86

Men 100 Backstroke
1. Coleman Allen, UBC, 52.94 (Canada West record)
2. Joe Byram, Alberta, 54.12
3. Mitchell Benkic, UBC, 55.66

Women 200 Breaststroke
1. Tera Van Beilen, UBC, 2:24.86
2. Erin Stamp, UBC, 2:25.60
3. Fiona Doyle, Calgary, 2:27.50

Men 200 Breaststroke
1. Nick Kostiuk, Alberta, 2:14.58
2. Dillon Perron, Manitoba, 2:15.76
3. Hunter Balch, Alberta, 2:16.61

Women 400 Freestyle
1. Savannah King, UBC, 4:08.17
2. Maia Brundage, UBC, 4:16.53
3. Stefanie Schmidt, Calgary, 4:20.98

Men 400 Freestyle
1. Keegan Zanatta, UBC, 3:46.82 (Canada West record)
2. Tristan Cote, Calgary, 3:51.81
3. Jonathan Brown, UBC, 3:55.82

Women 4×100 Medley Relay
1. UBC (Erin Stamp, Tera Van Beilen, Jacomie Strydom, Fionnuala Pierse), 4:01.54 (Canada West record)
2. Calgary (Stefanie Schmidt, Fiona Doyle, Rachael Grothe, Amanda Reason), 4:09.29
3. Alberta(Camille Barr, Kristan Kushlyk, Karlyn Elford, Nikki Macleod), 4:16.32

Men 4×100 Medley Relay
1. UBC (Mitchell Benkic, Sergey Holson, Coleman Allen, Yuri Kisil), 3:37.31
2. Alberta (Joe Byram, Nick Kostiuk, Josiah Binnema, Hunter Balch), 3:40.87
3. Calgary (Josh Dow, Bogdan Knezevic, Wyatt Yarish, Tristan Cote), 3:44.42