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2017 Canadian Male Swimmer of the Year: Yuri Kisil
While the Canadian women are booming, the Canadian men are still finding their footing and looking to capture the next generation of talent. Canada had only one male finalist at the 2017 World Championships – their 400 free relay, which finished 6th (out of 6 teams that weren’t DQ’ed).
Yuri Kisil swam in the final heat of both the mixed 400 medley and 400 free relays that won bronze medals and set Canadian National Records. Kisil also had the country’s highest individual male finish at the meet – he placed 10th in the 100 free semi-finals with a 48.50.
The Calgary native who swims at the University of British Columbia also won 6 events at the Canadian collegiate U Sports championships in March. While that meet isn’t as competitive as the NCAA Championship, it has been in an upswing, and 6 gold medals is still a tall task.
Last year’s Canadian Male Swimmer of the Year, Santo Condorelli, didn’t swim at Worlds this year.
In no particular order
- Mack Darragh – This was a tough one. Darragh was the only Canadian to break a men’s National Record outright in 2017, but he wasn’t selected for the World Championship team. He swam a 1:56.87 in the 200 fly at the Canadian Championships in August, which came on similar timing as Worlds. His record-setting time would’ve placed him 19th at Worlds.
- Among the 8 men who swam individual events at Worlds, only one finished in the top 16 of multiple individual events: Javier Acevedo, who was 16th in the 50 backstroke (25.13) and 14th in the 100 backstroke (54.43). That 50 back semi-final swim tied the Canadian Record in the event, which was previously set by Russell Wood in 2015. Acevedo was also the fastest prelims leg on the 400 free relay that advanced to the final at 48.43, and swam on both bronze-medal winning mixed relays (the 400 free in finals, the 400 medley in prelims only). Acevedo represents the Ajax Aquatic Club domestically, but is currently training in the United States at the University of Georgia.