Columbia athletics

UBC swimming welcomes 14 outstanding rookies

VANCOUVER – UBC’s legendary swimming program is thrilled to welcome 14 talented new recruits in blue and gold for the upcoming season. The men’s T-Bird are five-time defending U SPORTS national champions and eight-time defending Canada West Conference champions, while the UBC women’s program has won a record 24 U SPORTS titles and a record 31 Canada West conference championships – including 11 of the last 12 titles.

The Thunderbirds will add nine athletes to the historically dominant women’s swim program that continues to build depth and nurture young talent.



“I’m thrilled to welcome one of our biggest rookie classes to the women’s team in many years with nine new women added to the roster,” the UBC head coach said. Derrick Schoof. “All nine have shown us that they are ready to succeed at UBC. Each swimmer performed very well in our recent world championship trials and established themselves as one of the best swimmers in Canada. I am excited to guide them all into the next chapter of their lives as college student-athletes.”


Alicia L’Archevêque of Calgary, Alta., specializes in both the sprint and breaststroke events, and is coming off a successful year with the Junior National Team – setting three provincial age group records and a national record age group in the 4×50 medley with the University of Calgary swim team. Club. High school graduate William Aberhart will major in computer science at UBC’s Faculty of Arts.


Camryn Stannard joins the ‘Birds as an all-around 100 and 200m freestyle swimmer from Parksville, BC. The former Nanaimo Riptides swim team member won a bronze medal at the 2022 Western Canadian Swimming Championships, as well as a gold and two silvers at the 2019 Canadian Junior Championships. Stannard plans to study at UBC’s Faculty of Science with a focus on biology/zoology/computer science.


Sara Moulson is a product of the Markham Aquatic Club in Oakville, Ont., who will study business at UBC after graduating from Iroquois Ridge High School. Moulson won bronze in the 200 backstroke at the Ontario Provincial Championships earlier this summer.

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Sela Wist, a sprint butterfly and backstroke specialist, will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UBC. Originally from Victoria, BC, she graduated from South Kamloops High School and swam for the Kamloops Classics. Wist is a junior Canadian Trials finalist, senior national qualifier and provincial medalist.


Dylan Scholes of Oakville, Ont., joins the Thunderbirds from Iroquois Ridge High School and the Markham Aquatic Club. Scholes plans to study psychology at UBC.


Eloise Allen is a breaststroke, backstroke and individual medley specialist from Gibsons, BC. The Elphinstone high school graduate recently swam with the Chinook Swim Club, where they won a gold, silver and two bronze medals at the 2022 Western Canadian Swimming Championships. UBC stood out at the BC Summer Provincial Championships at the UBC Aquatic Center earlier this summer.


Jade Lo brings strength to the 200 and 400 IMs, as the Toronto, Ont., native recently swam for the Markham Aquatic Club. A graduate of Bishop Strachan School, Lo plans to study psychology and behavioral neuroscience at UBC.


Lora Willar, from Pointe-Claire, Quebec, will study mechanical engineering at UBC while joining the T-Birds. The former Point-Claire Swim Club member won gold medals in the 100 and 200 butterfly at the Quebec Provincial Championships earlier this summer.

Mia Barrault is a breaststroke specialist from Whitehorse, Yukon who will be studying kinesiology at UBC. The former member of the Whitehorse Glacier Bears Swim Club graduated from FH Collins High School and won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 2022 Western Canadian Swimming Championships.


The men’s program will be bolstered by five new signings who are aiming to defend their titles at the conference and national levels.

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“We are thrilled to welcome five new men to our roster for the 2022-23 season,” Schoof added. “Our men all seem to have great potential to become great swimmers in the future. They will be a great addition to our team as we fight for a 6e consecutive national championship title in 2023.”


Freestyle and backstroke swimmer Canek Bracho will study kinesiology at UBC after transferring from Waterloo Collegiate Institute. The Kitchener and Waterloo, Ont., product is coming off an impressive performance at the NJCAA National Championships – winning bronze in the 50m backstroke, bronze in the 100m backstroke, silver in the 50m freestyle and gold in the 100m free.

Siu Lun (Frank) Ho will study kinesiology at UBC after joining the Thunderbirds from Ying Wa College (YWC) in Hong Kong.

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Ethan Hemeon, a product of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is a Canadian academic star who joins the T-Birds from the University of Victoria Vikes swim team. During the 2021-22 season, Hemeon set two UVic school records at the U SPORTS National Championships (100m breaststroke and 4×100 medley relay). The Evan Hardy Collegiate graduate will study mechanical engineering at UBC.


Jack Cameron will study applied science at UBC, while specializing in butterfly and freestyle. 6’2 high school grad Sa-Hali from Kamloops, BC recently competed with the Kamloops Classic Swimming Club.


Joel Blanco is a 6’3, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle and butterfly specialist from Maple Ridge, BC. Blanco graduated from Samuel Robertson Technical High School and swam with the Haney Seahorses Swim Club – where they won bronze at the Canadian Trials in the junior 50 freestyle.

The Thunderbirds will travel to the Canada West Championships in Victoria, B.C., November 25-27ewhile the U SPORTS National Championships are scheduled for February 24-26e2023.