UBC, Island & Oakville Claim Team Titles At Canadian Nationals


The 2017 Canadian National Swimming Championships came to a close Monday from Montreal, with the UBC men and the Island Swimming women winning their respective team titles. In the combined race, the Oakville Aquatic Club came out on top after finishing 2nd for both men and women.

The men’s race wasn’t close, as UBC scored 753.00 points, 338.5 clear of Oakville. Leading the way for them was Yuri Kisil, who won a pair of mixed relay bronze medals at the World Championships in July. Kisil swept the sprint free events, finished 3rd in the 200 free, and was key on the UBC relays. The men won the 4×100 free, the 4×200 free, and were 2nd in the 400 medley and added another silver in the mixed 400 medley.

Other top performers for the Dolphins included Markus ThormeyerCarson Olafson and Josiah Binnema, all of whom were at the World Championships in Budapest as well. Thormeyer won the 100 & 200 back, Binnema won the 100 fly and medalled in both backstrokes behind Thormeyer, and Olafson snagged a silver in the 200 free.

For the runners-up from Oakville, Mack Darragh led the charge with a pair of gold medals in the 200 fly and 200 IM, including a Canadian record in the former. The Chena Swim Club took 3rd, with strong swims from Rob Hill and James Dergousoff throughout the meet. They capped it with a gold medal in the 400 medley relay on the final night.


  1. UBC Dolphins, 753.00
  2. Oakville Aquatic Club, 414.50
  3. Chena Swim Club, 401.00
  4. Club aquatique Montreal, 282.00
  5. Island Swimming Club, 257.00
  6. Universite Laval, 242.50
  7. Etobicoke Swimming, 234.00
  8. Cascade Swim Club, 227.00
  9. Pointe-Claire Swim Club, 219.00
  10. University of Calgary Swim Club, 190.00

The women’s team race was much closer, as Island prevailed by just 57 points over Oakville, with top performances from Sarah DarcelMackenzie Padington and Faith Knelson.

Darcel finished in a three-way tie for the female high point award thanks to four top-2 finishes. She swept the IM events, including sneaking under the 4:40 barrier in the 400 in a time of 4:39.99. She added runner-up finishes in the 200 fly and 200 breast.

Padington had a pair of wins in the 800 and 1500 freestyles, and added two bronze medals in the 200 and 400. The 15-year-old Knelson got a full set of medals in the breaststroke events, taking gold in the 50, silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200.

Mabel Zavaros was the top performer for Oakville, tying with Darcel and Manitoba’s Kelsey Wog in the High Point race. Zavaros won the 100 and 200 fly, took 2nd to Darcel in the 400 IM, and added a 4th place finish in the 50 fly. Jacqueline Keire also swam well for Oakville, winning a pair of silvers in the 100 and 200 free and adding a bronze in the 50.

For third place Pointe-Claire, Alexia Zevnik had a pair of wins in the 100 free and 100 back, and added podium finishes in the 200 back (2nd) and 50 back (3rd).

The three female relays were split across the top three teams who all had one win each.


  1. Island Swimming Club, 728.00
  2. Oakville Aquatic Club, 671.00
  3. Pointe-Claire Swim Club, 579.50
  4. Club aquatique Montreal, 352.00
  5. University of Manitoba Bisons, 255.00
  6. UBC Dolphins, 225.00
  7. Neptune Natation, 155.00
  8. University of Calgary Swim Club, 146.00
  9. Granite Gators Swim Club, 120.00
  10. Cascade Swim Club, 117.00

In the combined race, Oakville’s pair of runner-up finishes catapulted them to a sizeable win with 1149.50 points. UBC’s men propelled them to 2nd with 1025.00, while Island Swimming’s women got them into 3rd with 985.00.


  1. Oakville Aquatic Club, 1149.50
  2. UBC Dolphins, 1025.00
  3. Island Swimming Club, 985.00
  4. Pointe-Claire Swim Club, 830.50
  5. Club aquatique Montreal, 654.00
  6. Chena Swim Club, 401.00
  7. Cascade Swim Club, 357.00
  8. University of Calgary Swim Club, 336.00
  9. Universite Laval, 293.50
  10. Etobicoke Swimming, 276.00

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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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