February 26, 2018
WOMEN 4TH, MEN 2ND AFTER IMPRESSIVE WEEKEND OF RACING AT 2018 U SPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Our Dinos left it all in the pool after a final evening of racing at the 2018 U Sport Championships in Toronto. After an impressive weekend of racing, our Dinos added 5 more medals to their weekend total, 3 of them gold on the third and final day of racing.
The first event of the afternoon was the women’s 800 freestyle where Danica Ludlow added a third gold to her collection after winning the event in 8:27.48, over five seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
In the men’s 1500 freestyle, Peter Brothers also stood on top of the podium for the second time this weekend, winning gold in 14:55.16. Tristan Cotè swam the event in 15:31.43, finishing 10th, while Teddy Kalp and Chris Paproski finished in 13th and 15th, respectively.
The next event of the night was the men’s 50 breaststroke, where Frederik Kamminga was the top finisher for the Dinos in 6th with a time of 28.13. Ben Blackmon and Liam Johnston raced from the ‘B’ final, finishing in 10th and 11th, respectively.
In the men’s 200 backstroke, Rob Hill swam to a podium finish once again this weekend, winning the bronze medal with a time of 1:55.37. Rookie Anders Klein was just shy of a podium finish, swimming a 1:56.33 and placing 4th. Peter Brothers rounded out the ‘A’ final in 8th with a time of 2:03.94.
In the women’s event, 5th year Stefanie Schmidt swam her last individual U Sport race, and placed 5th in a time of 2:12.23.
In the men’s 100 freestyle, rookie Parry Chirakorn swam in his first U Sport ‘B’ final, finishing 15th overall in a time of 50.62. In the women’s event, Danica Ludlow swam a 58.62 for 8th.
In the last individual event of the night, Rob Hill capped off an excellent weekend of racing with his 4th individual podium finish, and 2nd gold medal of the weekend in the men’s 200 IM. His time of 1:56.97 secured the first place spot, while teammate Christian Ng finished 5th in 2:00.96, and rookie Frederik Kamminga finished 7th. From the ‘B’ final, Jarod Tsang finished 14th overall, and Tristan Cotè finished in 15th.
In the women’s 200 IM, rookie Allison McCloy swam a 2:21.18 finishing 8th, while teammate Julia Ellis-Hale swam the ‘B’ final finishing 15th overall.
In the last relay of the weekend, the 400 medley, our men’s team of Rob Hill, Frederik Kamminga, Christian Ng, and Parry Chirakorn finished the event with a bronze medal and a time of 3:35.90. In the women’s event, our team of Danica Ludlow, Allison McCloy, Rachael Grothe, and Helena Neise finished 12th.
At the conclusion of the U Sport Championships, our women’s team finished 4th overall with 477 points behind UBC in first, U of T in second, and the University of Montreal in 3rd. Our men finished in 2nd with 939.5 points, behind the first place UBC Thunderbirds in first with 1151.5 points. Congratulations to our Dinos for all their hard work and excellent racing from the weekend, and congratulations to the men’s and women’s UBC Thunderbirds on their 2018 Championship titles.
We would also like to send a huge congratulations to Frederik Kamminga who won Rookie of the Meet after an amazing weekend of racing at his first U Sport Championships. We are very proud of all his accomplishments this weekend, and are very excited to see everything he accomplishes for the remainder of the season and in his next 4 years as a Dino.
Congratulations to all our Dinos who competed this weekend on all of your accomplishments, and thank you to our coaches and staff who work hard every day to help our swimmers achieve their goals!