UCSC Tops Team Race, Kim, Nicol Among High Point Award Winners At Canadian Championships


The University of Calgary Swim Club (UCSC) emerged atop the combined team standings at the 2023 Canadian Swimming Championships, which came to a close on Sunday after six days of racing in Toronto.

UCSC claimed the overall team title with nearly 4,000 points (3,944), coming close to doubling Club Aquatique Montreal (CAMO), which edged out the Pointe-Claire Swim Club (PCSC) for second.

Overall Team Banner, Combined

  1. University of Calgary Swim Club, 3,944
  2. Club Aquatique Montreal, 2,177
  3. Pointe-Claire Swim Club, 2,160.5

UCSC also won the junior team banner and the women’s title, while CAMO claimed the men’s banner.

In the race for High Point Award honors, UCSC had new addition Laon Kim lead the charge as he scored 25 points to top the boys’ 14-15 age group, having swept the 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle.

High Point Award Scoring System

  • 1st place – 5 points
  • 2nd place – 2 points
  • 3rd place – 1 point

Canadian Olympian and UCSC member Rachel Nicol tied for the women’s 18 & over High Point Award with PCSC’s Megan Willar, as they produced matching 15-point totals.

Nicol, 30, swept the women’s 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke, while Willar placed first in the 400, 800 and 1500 free.

The swimmer who amassed the highest individual total was 14-year-old Liu Ziyun, who scored 33 for the Canadian Dolphins Swim Club to lead the girls’ 13-14 age group.

Liu won the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM, and added podium performances in the 400 free (silver) and 200 back (bronze).

Brock Niagara Aquatics’ Madison Kryger was the second-highest scorer overall, also doing so in the girls’ 13-14 age group. The 14-year-old won the 50 back, 100 back, 200 back and 50 fly, and added three silvers in the 50 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM while earning a seventh medal with a bronze in the 200 free.


  • Overall Team Banner – University of Calgary Swim Club (3,944)
  • Junior Team Banner – University of Calgary Swim Club (3,262.5)
  • Men’s Team Banner – Club Aquatique Montreal (1,750)
  • Women’s Team Banner – University of Calgary Swim Club (2,404.5)
  • Girls’ 13-14 High Point – Liu Ziyun, CDSC (33)
  • Boys’ 14-15 High PointLaon Kim, UCSC (25)
  • Girls’ 15-17 High PointAlexanne Lepage, KAJ (25)
  • Boys’ 16-18 High PointFilip Senc-Samardzic, TSC (19)
  • Girls’ 18 & Over High PointMegan Willar, PCSC / Rachel Nicol, UCSC (15)
  • Boys’ 19 & Over High PointAlexander Axon, MAC / Tristan Jankovics, RCAQ (17)

Full results and award rankings available here.

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8 months ago

Not one individual medal for Oakville Aquatic club. 31 place finish. Beyond sad. Even more than sad is their arrogance to consider themselves one of 3 mentor clubs presenting at the swim Ontario conference.

Reply to  Anony
8 months ago

Keep your negative attitude out of swimming

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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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