2015 CIS Championships: Day One Finals – UBC Men And Women Lead


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  1. UBC 216
  2. MONTREAL 177
  3. TORONTO 117
  4. ROUGE ET OR 93


  1. UBC 242
  2. Toronto 196
  3. Calgary 116.5
  4. Alberta 91



Tonight’s final was absolutely jam packed with talent as some of the top swimmers in Canada took to the blocks to race the 200 freestyle. Defending CIS Champion Barbara Jardin was the favourite going into the race after taking the top seed after prelims, but Katerine Savard of Montreal had other plans.

Right away it was Ariane Mainville who sprung to an early lead and kept that all the way through to the 100. Behind her was Jardin and Savard. Turning at the 150 both Jardin and Savard passed Mainville as did Toronto’s Paige Schultz.

Jardin was in the lead, but not for long as Savard turned on the jets and absolutely smoked the field on the last 50. She touched in for first in 2:00.83 to grab her first ever CIS win. Jardin touched second behind her giving Montreal a 1-2 finish with her 2:01.50. King was third in 2:01.52 passing Schultz on that last lap who faded to fourth with a 2:02.50.

Mainville ended up finishing seventh in 2:04.02.


Just like in the women’s race there was plenty of talent in the men’s 200m freestyle final and it appeared to be a UBC UofT battle right from the get-go.

Stefan Milosevic of UBC popped to a lead early and stayed that way for the remainder of the race. With him was Keegan Zanatta who was just three tenths behind Milosevic at the 100.

Milosevic and Zanatta stayed close going into the 150 with freestyle sprinter Yuri Kisil trailing just behind him. With 50 to go Milosevic pulled up a little bit to separate himsef from Zanatta.

He managed to get his hand on the wall first in 1:50.31. Zanatta was second in 1:50.90. Spoiling the 1-2-3 finish for UBC was Toronto’s Oliver Straszynski who grabbed the bronze in 1:51.45, passing Kisil at the wall to beat him 1:51.45 to 1:51.50.


Marie-Pier Couillard was extremely fast this morning in the women’s 50m backstroke and created a huge win for herself tonight in the long course finals.

Couillard, swimming out of Laval, separated herself from the rest of the field by a long shot as she trudged to the wall touching in at 28.66 for the win. Behind her was Toronto’s Kylie Masse in 29.36

Rounding out the top three was Laval’s Genevieve Cantin in 29.68. Phoebe Lenderyou of Dalhousie was also under 30 seconds with a 29.94 performance.


Outside smoke was the them of the men’s 50m backstroke final as Montreal’s Thibault Delecluse rocked a 24.67 to win the championship final out of lane one.

Delecluse created a decent lead for himself over Toronto’s Kyle Haas. Haas was second overall in 26.75 just narrowly out-touching University of Alberta’s Joe Byram. Byram was a 26.77 for bronze.

Aaron Rode of Western was fourth in 26.83 followed by Toronto’s Mitch Ferraro in 26.84. Fastest qualifier Pascal-Hugo Cantin out of Laval finished seventh in 27.18.


Fiona Doyle and Tera Van Beilen are no strangers to facing off against each other in the breaststroke events. Tonight, however, it as all about Doyle as she surged to a huge lead early on and never let go.

Doyle was out quick with the, two UBC girls, Erin Stamp and Tera Van Beilen hot on her heels. On the last 50 Doyle didn’t let up at all, and even expanded her lead by a little bit touching in at 1:07.76 to take her third straight win in the event.

That time for her was also a FINA ‘A’ cut, something that she was very pleased with.

Erin Stamp of UBC was able to take the silver medal ahead of 2012 Olympian Van Beilen. Stamp was a 1:09.27 to Van Beilen’s 1:09.85.

Fourth overall was Tianna Rissling of Calgary in 1:10.14.


Toronto’s Eli Wall was the man to beat in the 100m breaststroke final tonight, taking home the gold and creating a huge lead in order to do it. Wall was out by about six tenths of a second to win the race over McMaster’s Konrad Bald.

Wall clocked in at 1:02.44 for the win, a time which is the fastest swim done by a Canadian this season. Bald was a 1:03.13 to finish ahead of Alberta’s Nick Kostiuk. Kostiuk was a 1:03.31 for the bronze.

Fourth was Dillon Perron of Manitoba in 1:03.37 taking down defending CIS Champion Sergey Holson of UBC. Holson was a 1:03.47 followed by Calgary’s Bodgan Knezevic’s 1:03.48.


In her second ever CIS race Montreal’s Katerine Savard came up big again. The 100m fly Canadian record holder rocked a very swift 58.55 to win the event, and do so by over a body length.

Savard is unrested with her main focus being Trials which start at the beginning of April. Savard stated in a post-race interview that she was happy with the time and the back-to-back swims.

Jacomie Strydom who was very quick this morning breaking the Championship record was well behind Savard for silver in 59.81. Kylie Masse of Toronto rounded out the top three in 1:00.38.

Savard will have one more swim tonight as a member of the Montreal 4x100m freestyle relay.


There was buzz on the pool-deck of a possible Canadian record in the 100m fly here in Victoria, and although that didn’t happen tonight, Coleman Allen’s performance did not disappoint.

Allen continued the theme tonight of run-away victories by creating a huge lead for himself as he continued to push towards the wall and eventually touch in at 53.21.

That time gave him the win by over a full second. Taking the silver was Gamal Assaad of Western with a time of 54.61. Rounding out the top three was Toronto’s Matt Dans, who was just behind Assaad, in 54.74.


Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson became the back-t0-back champion in the 400m IM with a big win over University of Toronto’s Vanessa Treasure.

Leading the way off the start was UBC’s Jacomie Strydom, who earlier tonight picked up a silver in the 100m fly. With the fly being her speciality, she touched first at the 100.

After that however Seltenreich-Hodgson picked up the pace and by the 150 she was leading the race. She never let up from then on, claiming gold in 4:44.41.

Vanessa Treasure of Toronto and McGill’s Katie Caldwell were fighting it out, but it was Treasure who stepped up to take the silver medal in 4:50.04. Caldwell was third overall in 4:51.53 ahead of Genevieve Cantin’s 4:52.87.

Tera Van Beilen who was third in the 100m breaststroke earlier finished seventh, ahead of her teammate Strydom.


Last year’s 1500m freestyle champion Tristan Cote took the win in the men’s 400m IM tonight for Calgary in 4:22.52. Second was defending CIS Champion Luke Reilly in 4:24.77.

Coming in third was top seed heading into finals Jonathan Brown. Brown was a 4:24.88 at the wall to finish just behind Reilly. Last year’s silver medallist David Riley from the University of Toronto ended up sixth in 4:32.24.


The Montreal women stopped an almost 20-year-long streak of Calgary and UBC dominating the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay with a win tonight. Since 1997 when Toronto won the relay, no team other than Calgary or UBC has taken a win in the event.

Tonight, the team of Sandrine Mainville, Ariane Mainville, Katerine Savard, and Barbara Jardin threw down a 3:44.24 to win it all over the UBC women who were second in 3:46.37.

Toronto was third in 3:48.87 with Calgary finishing all the way back in sixth.


The UBC men took down Toronto in the final event of the night to give them the overall point advantage heading into day two of the CIS Championships here in Victoria.

The winning time was a 3:22.78 to win by a long haul as Toronto touched in for second with a 3:26.29. Calgary was kept of the podium in yet another relay was Alberta grabbed the third spot with their time of 3:27.97.

Calgary was fourth in 3:29.27.

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Mitch worked for 5-years with SwimSwam news as a web producer focusing on both Canadian and international content. He coached for Toronto Swim Club for four seasons as a senior coach focusing on the development of young swimmers. Mitch is an NCCP level 2 certified coach in Canada and an ASCA Level …

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