Three stars of the week: T-Bird swimmers take top spots

Three stars of the week: T-Bird swimmers take top spots

Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • UBC swimmers Yuri Kisil and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson are the CW first stars of the week after outstanding performances at the U SPORTS national championships
  • Calgary track and field star Niki Oudenaarden is the female second star of the week after securing three gold and two silver medals at the CW Track and Field Championships
  • Also earning star honours this week were: Alberta’s Nick Kostiuk (male second star), Lethbridge’s Peter Millman (male third star), and Manitoba’s Kelsey Wog (female third star). 

EDMONTON – UBC Thunderbirds Yuri Kisil and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson are the Canada West first stars of the week, topping the list of outstanding Canada West performances from this past weekend.

The last weekend of February provided no shortage of athletic accomplishments to choose from, as the U SPORTS national championships in swimming and wrestling were staged, along with the Canada West track and field championships. 

Kisil is the male first star of the week thanks to his six gold medals at nationals in Sherbrooke, Que. The 2nd-year swimmer earned three individual golds, as well as three relay golds and was named U SPORTS Male Swimmer of the Year, after helping guide the T-Birds to the men’s team title. 

UBC’s Seltenreich-Hodgson also impressed in the pool, claiming five gold medals and a pair of silvers. The 2016 Canadian Olympian took home the most medals of any women’s swimmer at the meet, as UBC claimed the women’s national title.

Also earning star honours this week were: Alberta’s Nick Kostiuk (male second star), Calgary’s Niki Oudenaarden (female second star), Lethbridge’s Peter Millman (male third star), and Manitoba’s Kelsey Wog (female third star).

 

Male first star – Yuri Kisil

UBC Thunderbirds swimming

Freestyle

2nd-year

Calgary, Alta.

Arts 

Meet log: Friday, February 24 – Sunday, February 26 – gold in 50m, 100m, 200m free, 4x100m free, 4x200m free, 4x100m medley at U SPORTS nationals 

UBC's Yuri Kisil had the Midas touch at the U SPORTS Swimming Championships this past weekend in Sherbrooke, Que., leading the Thunderbirds to the men's national championship title, and winning Male Swimmer of the Year honours after claiming gold in each of his six races, often in record-setting fashion.

In the men's 200m free on the opening day, Kisil touched the wall first in 1:44.10 seconds. He then teamed up with Markus Thormeyer, Coleman Allen, and Luke Peddie to give UBC the win in the 4x100m free relay with a time of 3:12.92, setting a U SPORTS championship record in the process.

Kisil's second U SPORTS record of the meet came in the preliminaries of the 50m free, on Day 2. He swam his heat in 21.56 seconds, and then won the A final in 21.62. Kisil, Thormeyer, Stefan Milosevic, and Keegan Zanatta combined to swim 7:08.50 in the 4x200m free relay, posting a Canadian club record. 

On Day 3, Kisil took first in the 100m free in 46.94 – the fastest-ever time at a U SPORTS championship. With the triumph, the Arts student from Calgary earned the Sprinter's Cup, presented to the swimmer who wins both the 50 and 100 free events.

In his final event of the meet, Kisil swam the anchor freestyle leg in the 4x100m medley relay, which UBC won with a time of 3:32.36. It was, fittingly, another U SPORTS record. 

Kisil was crowned the U SPORTS Men's Swimmer of the Year after his remarkable weekend.

 

Female first star – Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson

UBC Thunderbirds swimming

4th-year

Ottawa, Ont.

Arts

Meet log: Friday, February 24 – Sunday, February 26 – gold in 200m IM, 400m IM, 200m breast, 4x100m medley, 4x200m free, and silver in 200m free, 4x100m free at U SPORTS nationals

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of the UBC Thunderbirds won the most women’s medals at the U SPORTS Swimming Championships this past weekend in Sherbrooke, Que.

The 2016 Canadian Olympian earned five gold medals and two silver, leading UBC to the national team title.

On the first day of competition she bested teammate Megan Dalke to win gold in the 400m individual medley, completing the grueling race in 4:37.05. Seltenreich-Hodgson added two silver medals (200 free and 4x100 free relay) on Day 1.

Seltenreich-Hodgson, an Arts student from Ottawa, continued her impressive display on Day 2, winning the 200m breaststroke in 2:22.28 and then teaming up with Ingrid Wilm, Maia Brundage, and Megan Dalke to give UBC the top spot on the podium for the 4x200m free relay. Their time of 7:54.86 established a U SPORTS record.

She attached her name to two more records on the final day, out-racing Kylie Masse to win the 200m IM in 2:08.09 – the best time ever posted at the U SPORTS meet.

Seltenreich-Hodgson then anchored UBC to the gold in the 4x100m medley relay. The team's time of 3:58.66 set U SPORTS and Canadian club records.

 

Male second star – Nick Kostiuk

Alberta Golden Bears swimming

Breaststroke

4th-year

Edmonton, Alta.

Science

Meet log: Friday, February 24 – Sunday, February 26 – gold in 100m and 200m breaststroke, silver in 50m breaststroke, bronze in 4x100m medley at U SPORTS nationals

Fourth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears swimmer Nick Kostiuk is the Canada West second star of the week for his record-setting performance at the U SPORTS Swimming Championship in Sherbrooke, Que.

The Edmonton product tallied four medals at the three-day long national championship, including three individual medals, guiding the Bears to a fifth place finish. 

Kostiuk’s first medal, the gold in the 200m breaststroke, was arguably his best, as his time of 59:07 set a new U SPORTS record, simultaneously knocking off the defending champion Eli Wall, who finished second at 59:29. 

Not done there, Kostiuk also claimed top spot on the podium in the 200m breaststroke, once again finishing ahead Wall, who finished a full second behind Kostiuk. The fourth-year Bear finished the meet with silver in the 50m breaststroke, then a bronze in the 4x100 Individual Medley, along with Josiah Binnema, Bjoern-Ole, Schrader, and Caleb Vander Leek.

 

Female second star – Niki Oudenaarden

Calgary Dinos track and field

4th-year

St. Albert, Alta.

Kinesiology 

Meet log: Friday, February 24 – Saturday, February 25 – gold in pentathlon, high jump, and 4x400m relay, along with silver in shot put and long jump at the Canada West Track and Field Championships

After a year off due to surgery, Niki Oudenaarden returned to the Dinos lineup at the Canada West Track and Field Championships and didn’t disappoint. The 2015 CW Field Athlete of the Year regained the honour just two years later thanks to a stellar performance in Regina over the weekend.

The fourth-year Kinesiology student had a successful first day of competition, earning herself gold in the pentathlon and two silvers in both the long jump and shot put events. On Saturday, Oudenaarden earned her second and third gold medals – first in the high jump, followed by a 4x400m relay win to finish out the meet. 

Oudenaarden and the Dinos track and field team head north to Edmonton to compete at the U SPORTS Championships, March 9-11. 

 

Male third star – Peter Millman

Lethbridge Pronghorns track and field

Thrower

5th-year

Truro, N.S.

History 

Meet log: Friday, February 24 – Saturday, February 25 – gold in weight throw and shot put at the Canada West Track and Field Championships

Competing in his final Canada West Championship, fifth-year thrower Peter Millman completed a sweep of the throwing events for the fourth consecutive season and was named both the Canada West Field Athlete of the Year and men’s Community Service Award winner. 

Millman opened the meet in Regina with his fifth consecutive gold medal and led a Pronghorn podium sweep in the weight throw. A toss of 18.13 meters was good enough to edge out teammate Sean Steacy for top spot. 

On day two of the conference meet, the Truro, Nova Scotia product put a stamp on his Canada West career with his fourth consecutive gold medal in the shot put with a throw of 17.54 metres.

The weekend was the fourth time Millman has been named the Canada West Field Athlete of the Year, but the first time he has received the Community Service Award after spending countless hours during his time as a student-athlete giving back to the Lethbridge community, including time working on several mental health initiatives.

 

Female third star – Kelsey Wog

Manitoba Bisons swimming

1st-year

Winnipeg, Man.

Agricultural and Food Sciences

Meet log: Friday, February 24 – Sunday, February 26 – gold in 100m breast, silver in 50m free, bronze in 200m breast, and 200m IM at U SPORTS nationals

Bison rookie women’s swimmer Kelsey Wog completed her first university season in style this weekend, earning four individual medals at the 2017 U SPORTS Swimming Championships held at University of Sherbrooke. 

Wog, 18, won the women’s 100m breaststroke, added silver in the women’s 50m breaststroke, and also earned two bronze medals in the 200m breaststroke and 200 IM during the three-day meet.

On Day 1, Wog was first in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:06.06 – a new personal best. The victory also earned her U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian recognition.

On the second day, the Winnipeg native earned a third place finsih in the 200m breaststroke (2:24.92) and then captured a silver in the 50m breaststroke (30.99) and was only .01 back of first. In her final swim of the championships, Wog was third in 200m IM (2:12.10) to complete a very successful first season at the university level.

In the overall team standings at the U SPORTS championships, the Bison women’s swim team finished in 12th spot with 69 points – all points scored by Wog – and improved eight places in the team standings from last season.