Good Luck shines as Redmen senior strikes gold three times, wins six medals at RSEQ swim championships

McGill Swimming

MONTREAL – Michael Luck, a McGill University senior from Beaconsfield, Que., won three gold medals, one silver and a pair of bronzes at the RSEQ conference swim championships, held over the weekend at the CEPSUM pool on the campus of Université de Montreal.

He was one of four Redmen swimmers to strike gold at the three-day meet, joining senior Marc-Andre Benoit of St. Hyacinthe, Que., who also pulled in six medals, two of them golden, along with freshman Gabriel Fortin (2 golds) of Brossard, Que., and Luke Robert (2 golds), a sophomore from Ottawa. All four gold medalists automatically earned conference all-star honours.

Two McGill records fell at the meet, namely the men’s 4×50-metre freestyle relay (1:31.96), which also destroyed the RSEQ conference record (1:33.09) set by Laval in 2009, and the women’s 4×100 medley relay (4:12.54).

Luck, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound physical education senior, won the 50-metre free (23.06) and anchored both the winning 4×50 and 4×100 freestyle relays.

“Mike qualified for Nationals but swam his last meet ever for McGill as he is graduating and will be unable to attend the CIS championships. I am really proud that he got to go out as a champion,” said McGill head coach Peter Carpenter. “He has been a great competitor over the years and he showed that again this weekend.”

Joining Luck on the record relay was Fortin, who swam leadoff, followed by Benoit and Robert. The same foursome also claimed gold in the 4×100, posting a time of 3:25.15.

The Montreal Carabins captured the men’s banner with 292 points, followed by Laval (200), McGill (173), Sherbrooke (72) and UQTR (35). The Carabins also swept the women’s title with 355 points. McGill finished second with 182, followed by Laval (155), Sherbrooke (59) and UQTR (18).

On the women’s side, team captain Katie Caldwell, a junior from White Rock, B.C., battled an injury to pace the Martlets with three silver medals and a pair of bronzes.

“Katie fought off a real bad pain in her knee to win those medals and didn’t step back from anything,” said Carpenter.

Caldwell anchored the 4×100 medley relay that broke a McGill record, touching the wall in 4:12.45, which surpassed the previous school mark of 4:13.81. The relay featured sophomore Simone Cseplo of Toronto, in the leadoff spot, followed by Valerie De Broux of Beaconsfield, Que., and Adriane Lui, a sophomore from Toronto.

De Broux, a science student majoring in nursing, collected a pair of silvers and a bronze in addition to a couple of fourth-place finishes. She was also honoured at the RSEQ swim awards gala, where the 5-foot-6 middle distance specialist received the RSEQ leadership award for combining swimming with academic excellence and citizenship. An Academic All-Canadian, the 23-year-old senior serves as a Nursing peer mentor, in addition to volunteering with “McGill Best Buddies”, the swim team’s alumni outreach program”, the McGill Varsity Council in addition to being an athletics rep for the Ingram School of Nursing.

“Val was very deserving of that award and I was satisfied with our results after a very difficult leadup to the meet,” said Carpenter. “The majority of the team has suffered through a virus that made the rounds but thankfully, we got healthy just in time and managed to have a very good showing. I am particularly pleased with getting four new qualifiers for the Nationals.”

McGill has now qualified 18 swimmers, including 12 women, for the CIS championship meet in Victoria, Feb. 19-21. New additions to the list include senior Grace Quinn of Knowlton, Que., in the 50m backstroke (29.36), junior Pascale De Repentigny-Prud’homme (200m breast, 2:37.72) of Brossard, Que., and Makayla Skrias (200 breast, 2:37.30), a science freshmen from Kelowna, B.C.

Previous qualifiers from the Martlets include the aforementioned Caldwell, Cseplo, De Broux and Lui, along with Christine Aglot, Alicia Chung, Fanny Gervais-Cartier, Jessica Warrack and Rebecca Gibson (who is unable to make the trip).

The six Redmen qualifiers include team captain Marc-Andre Benoit, Erik Cheng, Rhys Johnson, Luke Robert, David Whiteside and Michael Luck (unable to attend).


Final Standings:
Montreal 292
Laval 200
McGill 173
Sherbrooke 72
Montreal 355
McGill 182
Laval 155
Sherbrooke 59
McGILL MEDAL COUNT (see detailed breakdown below)
Michael Luck 3 1 2 6
Marc-Andre Benoit 2 3 1 6
Gabriel Fortin 2 1 1 4
Luke Robert 2 0 1 3
Erik Cheng 0 0 3 3
David Whiteside 0 1 1 2
Nicolas Kasting 0 0 2 2
Loic Chaubet 0 1 0 1
Rhys Johnson 0 0 1 1
Keelan Marks 0 0 1 1
TOTALS: 9 7 13 29
Katie Caldwell 0 3 2 5
Adriane Lui 0 3 0 3
Christine Aglot 0 3 0 3
Valerie De Broux 0 2 1 3
Simone Cseplo 0 1 2 3
Jessica Warrack 0 1 2 3
Jennifer Henderson 0 2 0 2
Alicia Chung 0 1 0 1
Leena Struzina 0 0 1 1
TOTALS: 0 16 8 24
Gabriel Fortin Gold 4×50 free relay 1:31.96 McGill & RSEQ
Luke Robert
Marc-Andre Benoit
Michael Luck
Gabriel Fortin Gold 4×100 free relay 3:25.15
Luke Robert
Marc-Andre Benoit
Michael Luck
Michael Luck Gold 50 freestyle 0:23.06 CIS
Michael Luck Silver 50 breaststroke 0:29.08 CIS
Marc-Andre Benoit Silver 100 freestyle 0:51.56
Marc-Andre Benoit Silver 100 butterfly 0:55.74 CIS
Gabriel Fortin Silver 4×200 free relay 7:35.33
Loic Chaubet
Marc-Andre Benoit
David Whiteside
Rhys Johnson Bronze 4×50 Medley Rel. 1:44.79
Nicolas Kasting
Erik Cheng
Luke Robert
Erik Cheng Bronze 4×100 Medley Rel. 3:52.13
David Whiteside
Michael Luck
Nicolas Kasting
Michael Luck Bronze 50 butterfly 0:25.38 CIS
Erik Cheng Bronze 50 breaststroke 0:29.48 CIS
Marc-Andre Benoit Bronze 200 freestyle 1:54.06
Gabriel Fortin Bronze 100 freestyle 0:51.96
Keelan Marks Bronze 200 Indiv. Medley 2:10.30
Christine Aglot Silver 50 butterfly 0:28.92
Katie Caldwell Silver 200 Indiv. Medley 2:17.79 CIS
Katie Caldwell Silver 400 Indiv. Medley 4:45.27 CIS
Adriane Lui Silver 4×50 freestyle 1:49.20
Jennifer Henderson
Christine Aglot
Alicia Chung
Christine Aglot Silver 4×50 Medley Rel. 1:58.63
Adriane Lui
Valerie De Broux
Jennifer Henderson
Simone Cseplo Silver 4×100 Medley Rel. 4:12.54 CIS McGill
Adriane Lui
Valerie De Broux
Katie Caldwell
Jessica Warrack Silver 800 freestyle 9:00.83 CIS
Jessica Warrack Bronze 400 freestyle 4:22.14 CIS
Katie Caldwell Bronze 200 backstroke 2:12.14 CIS
Simone Cseplo Bronze 50 freestyle 0:28.74 CIS
Valerie De Broux Bronze 100 breaststroke 1:12.51
Simone Cseplo Bronze 4×200 free relay 8:28.31
Jessica Warrack
Leena Struzina
Katie Caldwell

Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office