2022 U SPORTS Swimming Championships Kick Off Thursday In Quebec City

2022 U SPORTS Swimming Championships

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 U SPORTS Swimming Championships are back, with the three-day competition set to kick off Thursday morning at the Université Laval in Quebec City, Quebec.

Unlike the NCAA Division I Championships in the U.S., U SPORTS, the national governing body of university sports in Canada, managed to hold its championships in 2020 with the meet taking place in February before the pandemic hit North America.

However, due to COVID, the 2021 championships ended up being canceled.

The UBC men and women both come in as four-time defending champions, but the Thunderbird women will face a tough test after falling to the University of Calgary at the Canada West Championships in November – UBC’s first loss at the meet since 2009.

However, both UBC teams are ranked first in the nation entering the championships.

Canadian Olympic medalist and three-time Short Course World Champion Rebecca Smith will be the driving force behind Calgary’s effort at the meet, having won four individual events at CAN West.

Smith is entered in the women’s 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 fly and 100 fly at the meet, meaning she’ll have to scratch one of them with the maximum being four individual races.

UBC first-year Emma O’Croinin is another noteworthy name set to compete this week, having earned Rookie of the Meet honors at CAN West earlier this season.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday

  • 200 free
  • 50 back
  • 100 breast
  • 100 fly
  • 400 IM
  • 400 free relay (timed final)

Friday

  • 100 back
  • 50 fly
  • 400 free
  • 200 breast
  • 50 free
  • 200 fly
  • 800 free relay (timed final)

Saturday

  • Women’s 800 free (timed final)
  • 50 breast
  • 200 back
  • 100 free
  • 200 IM
  • Men’s 1500 free (timed final)
  • 400 medley relay (timed final)

The meet will be streamed live on the CBC website here.

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Hazel
3 months ago

Livestream coverage of National Swim Competition in Laval, Quebec very disappointing. Websiltes state livestream coverage of meet at 10:00 AM ET for three days 24–26 March. These are not available livestream. Coverage only of finals at 6:00 PM ET. Not all athletes end up in the finals. The preliminaries are an important aspect of the national competition. All participants at this level of competition should receive same coverage. Livestream should be available as advertised for both times each day.

Catherine
3 months ago

this meet comes just before the Canadian world championship trials. I wonder how that will affect what kind of taper the swimmers will do.

Gen D
3 months ago

if only NCAAs were as simple to watch as this meet!

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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