Wog, Overholt & Thormeyer Cruise To Top Seeds At Day 3 U SPORTS Prelims


The final prelim session from the 2020 U SPORTS Swimming Championships saw some of the meet’s most dominant athletes put themselves in position to add more medals to their haul in tonight’s finals.

Kelsey Wog from the University of Manitoba has been on fire throughout the first two days of action, winning the women’s 100 and 200 breaststroke in a pair of meet records that rank inside the world’s top-five this season.

She’ll look to complete the sweep tonight after earning the top seed in the 50 this morning in 30.94. Wog is just over a second clear of #2 qualifier Hillary Metcalfe (32.07) of UBC.

Wog also qualified for the final of the women’s 200 IM, taking third in 2:13.21 behind UBC’s Emily Overholt (2:12.52) and Toronto’s Hannah Genich (2:13.14). Overholt has won five gold medals through the first three days of competition.

Markus Thormeyer, who has won four golds through two days, claimed the top seed in the men’s 100 free in a time of 48.35 as he’ll look for his second straight title tonight.

Thormeyer also advanced fourth in the men’s 200 back in a time of 1:58.08, an event he has won for the last three years. His UBC teammate Nicolas Duke sits first in 1:56.48.


  • Western fifth-year Matthew Loewen was the only man to break 28 seconds in the men’s 50 breast, touching in 27.78. Loewen was the silver medalist last year behind Alberta’s Cale Kooyman, who advanced fourth in 28.20. Jaren LeFranc, who won the 100 and 200 breast on days one and two, squeaked into the A-final in eighth (28.42).
  • McGill first-year Daphne Danyluk claimed the top seed in the women’s 200 back in 2:10.57. 2019 silver medalist Olivia Ellard of UBC qualified second (2:10.65).
  • Ainsley McMurray of Toronto leads the women’s 100 free field into the final in 55.04, followed closely by teammate Aleksa Gold (55.19), Dalhousie’s Isabel Sarty (55.33) and UBC’s Hoi Lam Tam (55.35). Tam, McMurray and Sarty were all on the podium last night in the 50 free.
  • Regina’s Brian Palaschuk was the only one to crack 2:00 in the men’s 200 IM, clocking 1:59.25 as he looks to improve on the silver medal he won last season. Calgary’s Robert Hill, who won gold in 2018, advances second in 2:00.98.

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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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