Ingrid Wilm, Rebecca Smith Highlight 2022 UCSC Fall Start Up

2022 UCSC Fall Start Up

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • MNP Community & Sport Centre
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • SCM (25 meters)
  • Meet Central
  • Psych Sheet
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “UCSC Fall Start Up 2022”

Several swimmers based in the Calgary area took to the MNP Community & Sport Centre on Saturday in the annual “UCSC Fall Start Up” meet hosted by the University of Calgary Swim Club.

Among those competing were three members of the Canadian roster for the upcoming Short Course World Championships in Melbourne: Ingrid WilmRachel Nicol and Rebecca Smith. That trio will also race at the Toronto leg of the FINA World Cup later this month, as will Richie Stokes, who was also in action on Saturday.

Wilm, who really made a name for herself last year in the short course pool by lighting up the International Swimming League (ISL) season with multiple national records, raced the women’s 100 back on Saturday, clocking a time of 58.69.

The 24-year-old’s best time, which previously stood as the Canadian Record, is the 55.61 she produced last September during the ISL season.

The second-fastest swimmer in the women’s 100 back was Ella Varga, who neared her best time of 59.60 in 59.90. Varga was initially supposed to be in the midst of her freshman year at LSU, but is currently in the midst of rehabbing an injury at home while training with UCSC. The 18-year-old is expected to join the Tigers for the spring semester in the new year.

Smith, who played a pivotal role in helping the Canadian team to three relay gold medals at the 2021 Short Course World Championships in Abu Dhabi while also winning an individual silver medal in the 200 free, raced three individual events over the weekend.

Currently a member of the University of Calgary Dinos, Smith topped the field in the women’s 200 free (1:56.88), 100 fly (59.65) and 100 IM (1:02.71), and added a 25.94 50 free leading off the Dinos’ 200 free relay.

The 22-year-old was faster in all three events at this meet last year—1:54.71 in the 200 free, 57.58 in the 100 fly and 1:01.37 in the 100 IM—but her swims are still quick for this early in the season.

Nicol, 29, came out on top in the women’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 31.37, having been as fast as 30.26 back in 2017. At this time last year, Nicol put up a time of 31.08.

Also making some noise at the meet was 16-year-old UCSC swimmer Aiden Norman, who has reportedly been making campus visits of late in the U.S. as he weighs his options of racing in the NCAA in a few years.

Norman blasted a time of 54.18 in the 100 back, going well under his previous best time of 55.04 set last December. The time ranks him third all-time among Canadian boys in the 15-16 age group, trailing only Cole Pratt (52.71) and Javier Acevedo (52.90).

In August, Norman earned a sixth-place finish at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in the boys’ 200 back, and also placed 11th in the 100 back.

Stokes (55.90) was the runner-up in the 100 back, while Norman also registered best times in the 50 free (24.09), 100 free (52.08), 100 fly (57.07) and 100 breast (1:08.70).

Also racing at Junior Pan Pacs two months ago was fellow 16-year-old UCSC swimmer Paul Dardis, who had some strong swims on Saturday by clocking 50.46 in the 100 free and 1:52.34 in the 200 free. Both swims were sizeable lifetime bests, having previously been 51.18 and 1:54.84, respectively.

17-year-old Addison Butler, currently in his first year with the Dinos, had a pair of impressive performances en route to winning the men’s 100 free (50.23) and 100 IM (56.86), both significant best times.

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About James Sutherland

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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