ON GOLDEN POND: McGill relay team wins gold on Day 1 at RSEQ swim championships

McGill swimmers show off their medal haul on Day 1 of 2015 RSEQ championships

McGill swimmers show off their medal haul on Day 1 of 2015 RSEQ championships

MONTREAL — McGill surprised the field by winning gold and breaking school and conference records in the men’s 4×50-metre freestyle relay on Day 1 of the RSEQ swim championships, a three-day meet hosted by the Universite de Montreal at the CEPSUM pool, Friday. It was a solid opening round for McGill, which also took home three silvers and a bronze.

The winning Redmen quartet was composed of Gabriel Fortin, a freshman from Brossard, Que., in the leadoff spot, followed by senior Marc-Andre Benoit of St. Hyacinthe, Que., sophomore Luke Robert of Ottawa and Michael Luck, a senior from Beaconsfield, Que., who swam the anchor leg. Their sizzling time of one minute, 31.96 seconds destroyed the previous RSEQ mark of 1:33.09 set by Laval in 2009. The old McGill record was 1:33.30, set in 2011 by Tyler Manning-Dahan, Steven Bielby, Joseph Toops and Diego Pessoa.

As gold medalists, the winning foursome automatically merited conference all-star status.

Claiming silver in the women’s 800 freestyle was Jessica Warrack, an engineering freshman from Calgary, who had already qualified for Nationals. Also in the 800 free, Leena Struzina, a chemical engineering freshman became the 15th McGill swimmer this season to qualify for the CIS championships.The Martlets also posted silver medal finishes in the 4×50 free relay and the 4×100 medley relay, while the Redmen claimed bronze in the 4×100 medley relay.

The meet continues all day Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge.

NOTE: Complete results not yet available.

(at Centre CEPSUM, Universite de Montreal)

Warm-up: 16h00
Start: 17h00

4 x 50m freestyle relay (1)
800/1500m freestyle
4 x 100m medley relay (1)


Warm-ups for Preliminaries : 9h00 – Start: 10h00
Warm-ups for Finals : 16h00 – Start: 17h00

4 x 50m medley relay (1)
400m individual medley
50m freestyle
200m butterfly
100m backstroke
100m breaststroke
200m freestyle
50m butterfly
4 x 100m freestyle relay (1)


Warm-ups for Preliminaries : 7h00 – Start: 8h00
Warm-ups for Finals : 14h00 – Start: 15h00

400m freestyle
200m breaststroke
100m butterfly
50m backstroke
200m individual medley
100m freestyle
50m breaststroke
200m backstroke
4 x 200m freestyle relay (1)

(1) Les épreuves de relais sont des épreuves finales contre la montre nagées lors des finales.
Note : Les pauses entre les épreuves sont prédéterminées

Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office

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