Benoit wins one gold, two silvers at Coupe de Quebec swim meet

Patrick Annouette

QUEBEC CITY — Marc-Andre Benoit of Ste. Hyacinthe, Que., won one gold medal and a pair of silvers as the McGill swim team finished third of seven teams overall at the fourth Coupe de Quebec meet of the season, Friday at Laval’s Centre PEPS.

No team records fell, nor did any additional McGill swimmers qualify for the CIS championship meet, although the team has already qualified 14 for the Nationals, slated to be held in Victoria, Feb. 19-21.

“It was a tough one today,” said McGill head coach Peter Carpenter.  “We were short four of our regular scorers for a variety of different reasons and that definitely hurt our depth. Still, coming out of our winter training camp, the group that we had today worked hard and did their best.  We are very much looking forward to provincials at U de M in three weeks. I expect the team to be in a dogfight with Laval, fighting for a second-place finish.”

Benoit, a management senior, swam the third leg of the winning 4×100 metre freestyle, clocked in three minutes, 28.54 seconds. Other members of that quartet included Gabriel Fortin, an engineering freshman from Brossard, Que., in the leadoff spot, Luke Robert, an immunology sophomore from Ottawa and David Whiteside, a mechanical engineering sophomore from Burlington, Ont., who swam the anchor leg.

Benoit posted second-place finishes in both the 200m freestyle (1:53.84) and 100m butterfly (0:56.67). Robert and Whiteside also registered bronze medal results in the 50 and 200 free, respectively.

The only other Redmen swimmer to place on the podium was Rhys Johnson, who came in second in the 200 backstroke.

On the women’s side, McGill only collected three bronze medals, two of them on relays.

Simone Cseplo collected the only individual podium finish, clocking in at 2:01.91 in the 200 free. She also swam the third leg of the 200 free, with leadoff swimmer Katie Caldwell, Alicia Chung and anchor Valerie De Broux.

Caldwell also anchored the 4×100 medley relay, along with Christine Aglot, Chung and Jeong-Wan Hong.

The Montreal Carabins won the men’s competition with 150 points, followed by Laval (84.5) and the Redmen (76.5), who only produced six podium finishes, including three silvers and a bronze. Shebrooke (46) was a distant fourth, followed by UQTR (16), UQAC (5) and UQAM (0).

The Carabins also captured the women’s side with 179, followed by Laval (81), McGill (57), Sherbrooke (32), UQAM (21), UQTR (8) and UQAC (0).

The final meet to qualify for Nationals will be the RSEQ conference championship, Feb. 6-8 at Montreal’s CEPSUM pool.


McGill Medalists from the Coupe de Quebec 4
(at Laval, Jan. 16, 2015)
MARTLETS: 3 medals (0-0-3)
Bronze Simone Cseplo 200m freestyle 2:01.91
Bronze Christine Aglot 4×100 medley relay 4:24.21
Alicia Chung
Jeong-Wan Hong
Katie Caldwell
Bronze Katie Caldwell 4x200m freestyle relay 3:56.62
Alicia Chung
Simone Cseplo
Valerie De Broux
REDMEN: 6 medals (1-3-2)
Gold Gabriel Fortin 4x100m freestyle relay 3:28.54
Luke Robert
Marc-Andre Benoit
David Whiteside
Silver Marc-Andre Benoit 200m free 1:53.84
Silver Marc-Andre Benoit 100m butterfly 0:56.67
Silver Rhys Johnson 200m backstroke 2:08.74
Bronze David Whiteside 200m free 1:55.00
Bronze Luke Robert 50m free 0:23.54

Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office

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