2017 U Sport Swimming Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

U SPORTS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The final session of the 2017 U Sport Swimming Championships is bound to be another fast one with lots of close races for gold expected. Heading into tonight, the UBC men and women look to be on a clear path to reclaiming their team titles that they lost last year at the hands of U of T. Check out a full recap of this morning’s prelims here.

Women’s 800 Free Final (Timed Final)

  • Canadian Record: 8:19.99, Savannah King, 2009 Spring Nationals
  • U Sport Record: 8:25.68, Savannah King, 2012
  1. Danica Ludlow, Calgary, 8:31.75
  2. Megan Dalke, UBC, 8:35.77
  3. Caitlin Hodge, Laval, 8:38.18

Calgary’s Danica Ludlow pulled away on the second half of the race, winning gold in a time of 8:31.75. UBC’s Megan Dalke swam tough and took the silver in 8:35.77, and Laval’s Caitlin Hodge takes bronze in 8:38.18. Regina’s Alexandra King went 8:41.89 in one of the earlier heats, earning 4th place.

Men’s 50 Breast Final

  • Canadian Record: 26.69, Paul Kornfeld, 2009 British Gas Grand Prix
  • U Sport Record: 27.22, Jason Block, 2013
  1. Warren Mayer, UBC, 27.32
  2. Nick Kostiuk, Alberta, 27.35
  3. Eli Wall, Toronto, 27.69

The men’s 50 breast saw a big surprise winner as UBC’s Warren Mayer got to the wall first from lane 1 for the win in 27.32, denying Alberta’s Nick Kostiuk the breaststroke sweep. Kostiuk was 2nd in 27.35, and Eli Wall of Toronto took 3rd in 27.69.

Women’s 50 Breast Final

  • Canadian Record: 29.96, Amanda Reason, 2009 Spring Nationals
  • U Sport Record: 30.70, Fiona Doyle, 2015
  1. Tianna Rissling, Calgary, 30.98
  2. Kelsey Wog, Alberta, 30.99
  3. Erin Stamp, UBC, 31.07

In an incredibly close race, Calgary’s Tianna Rissling out-touched Manitoba’s Kelsey Wog for gold by 0.01, 30.98 to 30.99. UBC’s Erin Stamp wasn’t far behind for bronze in 31.07.

Men’s 200 Back Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:52.15, Jake Tapp, 2010 SC World Championships
  • U Sport Record: 1:54.68, Chris Renaud, 1997
  1. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 1:54.48 U Sport Record
  2. Josiah Binnema, Alberta, 1:55.46
  3. Robert Hill, Calgary, 1:55.88

UBC’s Markus Thormeyer stormed his way to gold and a new U Sport Championship Record in 1:54.48, breaking the 20-year-old mark previously held by Olympian Chris Renaud of 1:54.68 set back in 1997. Alberta’s Josiah Binnema took silver in 1:55.46, and Calgary’s Robert Hill also got under 1:56 for bronze in 1:55.88.

Women’s 200 Back Final

  • Canadian Record: 2:02.56, Hilary Caldwell, 2013 Eindhoven World Cup
  • U Sport Record: 2:06.18, Genevieve Cantin, 2014
  1. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 2:02.80 U Sport Championship Record
  2. Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 2:07.39
  3. Emily Anzai, Guelph, 2:10.21

Kylie Masse gave a serious run at Hilary Caldwell‘s Canadian Record in the 200 back, well under pace the whole race until just missing at the wall, touching in 2:02.80. Caldwell’s record from 2013 sits at 2:02.56. That swim moves Masse up to #4 in the world, behind only the medal winners at SC Worlds.

UBC’s Ingrid Wilm earned her third backstroke silver of the meet with a best of 2:07.39, and Guelph’s Emily Anzai rallied the last 50 to take bronze in 2:10.21.

Men’s 100 Free Final

  • Canadian Record: 45.56, Brent Hayden, 2009 Berlin World Cup
  • U Sport Record: 47.23, Colin Russell, 2009
  1. Yuri Kisil, UBC, 46.94 U Sport Championship Record
  2. Scott McGillivray, Toronto, 48.20
  3. Evan van Moerkerke, Guelph, 48.44

UBC’s Yuri Kisil threw down a 46.94 for gold in the 100 free, breaking Colin Russell‘s meet record from 2009 of 47.23. Toronto’s Scott McGillivray got out fast and held on for silver in 48.20, and Evan van Moerkerke was the only one other than Kisil to come under 25 for bronze in 48.44.

Women’s 100 Free Final

  1. Sandrine Mainville, Montreal, 52.62 U Sport Championship Record
  2. Ariane Mainville, Montreal, 54.72
  3. Charis Huddle, Western, 55.21

Sandrine Mainville was ahead from the start and dominated the women’s 100 free in 52.62, shattering her own meet record of 53.38 and coming within six tenths of Penny Oleksiak‘s Canadian Record of 52.01. The swim brought her within a tenth of her 52.52 from SC Worlds in December.

Ariane Mainville came through for another silver in 54.72, and Western’s Charis Huddle got in there for bronze in 55.21.

Men’s 200 IM Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:55.19, Brian Johns, 2009 Spring Nationals
  • U Sport Record: 1:55.98, Keith Beavers, 2009
  1. Jonathan Brown, UBC, 1:57.90
  2. Montana Champagne, Ottawa, 1:57.93
  3. David Riley, Western, 1:59.22

In yet another incredibly close race, Jonathan Brown of UBC got his hand to the wall for gold in 1:57.90, just out-touching Ottawa’s Montana Champagne who took silver in 1:57.93. David Riley of Western used the fastest free split in the field to earn bronze in 1:59.22, beating out former teammate from Toronto Hochan Ryu.

Women’s 200 IM Final

  1. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, UBC, 2:08.09
  2. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 2:08.36
  3. Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 2:12.10

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson smashed the meet record and came within just over a second of the Canadian Record to win the 200 IM in 2:08.09, fending off a charging Kylie Masse who touched in 2:08.36 for silver. Seltenreich-Hodgson breaks Erica Morningstar‘s old meet record of 2:09.12. Kelsey Wog wins her second medal of the session with a bronze in 2:12.10

Men’s 1500 Free Final (Timed Final)

  • Canadian Record: 14:23.35, Ryan Cochrane, 2014 SC World Championships
  • U Sport Record: 14:52.32, Turlough O’Hare, 1992
  1. Eric Hedlin, Victoria, 14:42.99 U Sport Championship Record
  2. Peter Brothers, Calgary, 15:11.72
  3. Hau-Li Fan, UBC, 15:14.78

Victoria’s Eric Hedlin shattered a 25-year-old meet record in the men’s 1500, clocking 14:42.99 to win by a landslide, nearly lapping the silver medalist. The previous record stood at 14:52.32, set by 1988 Olympian Turlough O’Hare set in 1992.

Calgary’s Peter Brothers took 2nd in 15:11.72, and Hau-Li Fan fended off Toronto’s Osvald Nitski and defending champion Jon McKay for bronze in 15:14.78.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

  • Canadian Record (non-national): 4:01.58, Island Swimming, 2016 OJI
  • U Sport Record: 4:02.43, UBC, 2014
  1. UBC, 3:58.66 New U Sport/National Club Record
  2. Montreal, 4:01.77
  3. Toronto, 4:02.95

UBC smashed the existing meet and club national relay records in 3:58.66, going nearly three seconds under the previous record of 4:01.58 set by Island Swimming. Montreal had an absolutely incredible comeback with Katerine Savard and Sandrine Mainville on the back half, taking silver in 4:01.77. Toronto, who was led off by Kylie Masse in 56.66, under her 100 back meet record, took bronze.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

  • Canadian Record (non-national): 3:31.48, UBC Dolphins SC, 2009 Spring Nationals
  • U Sport Record: 3:33.04, UBC, 2009
  1. UBC, 3:32.36 U Sport Championship Record
  2. Toronto, 3:35.80
  3. Alberta, 3:37.79

The UBC men stormed away with the last race of the meet, winning the 400 medley relay in a new meet record of 3:32.36. Markus Thormeyer had a strong lead off in 53.10, and Yuri Kisil had a 47.04 anchor. Toronto took silver with a fast 59.55 breast split from Eli Wall, and Alberta took third. Western took 4th out of heat 1 with a time of 3:38.67.

Final Team Scores

Women

  1. UBC, 726.5
  2. Montreal, 474
  3. Toronto, 415.5

Men

  1. UBC, 744.5
  2. Toronto, 567.5
  3. Calgary, 405

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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