Columbia athletics

Thunderbird men win 8th consecutive conference championship

EDMONTON – The UBC Thunderbirds men won their 8th consecutive Canada West banner on Sunday in Edmonton, while the Calgary Dino women got a thrilling surprise against the Birds with 823 points while UBC finished second with 740 points .

“I had a very successful weekend for both teams,” said UBC head coach Derrick schoof, after winning the title of Men’s Coach of the Year. “Our men were very strong, as expected. It was great to see them set three new Canada West records. Our women fought with all their hearts. With a short training, they did all they could and stayed the course until the end. Both teams learned a lot about what it’s like to compete in this environment. It was a very difficult competition for our teams. There was so much fun, excitement and nerves! Children are very proud of their performance. We demand a lot of ourselves and have a lot of foundations to build on when it comes to managing expectations and dealing with pressure in stressful situations. “

On the men’s side, the UBC Thunderbirds continued to dominate Canada West, finishing 175 points ahead of the Calgary Dinos. The Victoria Vikes won the team bronze medal in both the men’s and women’s standings.

Propelling the T-Birds to victory was Blake tierney, who finished with seven medals – including a new conference record, as well as Dmitriy lim’s five medals and rookie Tayden DePol four – which also included a Canada West record. The UBC men also set a new conference mark in the men’s 4x100m medley relay, as Tayden DePol, Judge Migneault, Keir Ogilvie, and Blake tierney reached the podium in 3: 33.39.

Apollo Hess, freshman from Lethbridge Pronghorn, took home the male swimmer of the competition and rookie of the year award after a stellar weekend in Edmonton. The breaststroke specialist won five medals in total, setting new Canada West records in the 50m and 200m breaststroke.

“I was a little surprised in the 50th chest, going under 27 was quite special. It’s an important step for me to go below 27 in this event. Justice [Migneault] gave me a great 100m race on Saturday, but I knew I had other equipment in me, ”said Hess. “Getting a few records was a great feeling, but I didn’t stop there. I know I have more in me. ”

On the women’s side, UBC Emma O’Croinin was named Rookie of the Year after winning her third gold medal Sunday in the 400m freestyle and four silver medals in her Canada West Championship debut. Second year bird Josie champ also won gold on day 3 of the women’s 200m butterfly, with her teammate Chantel Jeffrey earn money in the event.

Qualified swimmers will now set their sights on the 2022 U SPORTS Championship, hosted by the Laval Rouge et Or, February 25-27 in Quebec City.

Men: Apollo Hess, Lethbridge Pronghorns

  • Gold – 50m breaststroke *, 200m breaststroke *,
  • Silver – 100m breaststroke, 4x100m freestyle relay,
  • Bronze – 4x100m medley

Women: Rebecca Smith, Calgary Dinos

  • Gold – 50m butterfly *, 100m butterfly *, 200m freestyle *, 4x100m freestyle relay, 100m freestyle *, 4x100m medley

* – Record Canada West

Men: Apollo Hess, Lethbridge Pronghorns

  • Gold – 50m breaststroke *, 200m breaststroke *,
  • Silver – 100m breaststroke, 4x100m freestyle relay,
  • Bronze – 4x100m medley

Women: Emma O’Croinin, UBC Thunderbirds

  • Gold – 800m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 400m freestyle
  • Silver – 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 100m freestyle, 4x100m medley

* – Record Canada West

Men: Kier Przyswitt, Alberta Gold Bear

  • Silver – 200m freestyle
  • Bronze – 100m freestyle
  • Provides weekly support to autistic children in the area, while volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Edmonton Food Bank, Youth Juvenile Detention Center
  • Coach with the Strathcona High School Swim Team

Women: Olivia Roschat, Victoria Vikes

  • Canadian Academic Star
  • Volunteer with justSTEMagine, a STEM education organization.
  • Delta Chapter President and member of the Chapter Mentor Board of Directors
  • Coordinates STEM workshops for students and community groups, including working with Prairie STEM, Girl Powered UNO, Girl Guides Canada, and Vex Robotics.


Men’s team: Derrick schoof, UBC Thunderbirds
Women’s team: Mike Blondal, Calgary Dinos

Men’s team classification
1 UBC 947
2 Calgary 772
3 Victoria 386.5
4 Alberta 302
5 Lethbridge 292.5
6 Regina 223
seven Manitoba 115
8 Thompson Rivers 33
Ranking of women’s teams
1 Calgary 823
2 UBC 740
3 Victoria 464.5
4 Manitoba 460
5 Alberta 259
6 Lethbridge 196.5
seven Regina 57
8 Thompson Rivers 8