Columbia athletics

UBC Swimming welcomes ten high-level recruits


The four-time U SPORTS National Champions UBC Thunderbirds are pleased to welcome 10 new recruits to the highly decorated swim programs for the coming season.

Seven student-athletes will join the legendary 24-time women’s program that has won eight of the last nine U SPORTS championships and is looking to extend its current winning streak to five consecutive titles. Three more swimmers will join the men’s program, 18-time national champions, winners of five of the last six U SPORTS championships, for the highly anticipated return to competition.

Three-time U SPORTS Coach of the Year and reigning Canada West Female Coach of the Year, Derrick schoof, is looking forward to working with the new recruits in his third season as the Thunderbirds head coach.

Derrick Schoof - Day 2 Final - 2019 U SPORTS Odlum Brown Swimming Championships

“I am delighted to welcome such an incredible group of rookies to the UBC Thunderbird swim team this coming season,” said Schoof. “These young men and women are thrilled to join the Thunderbird family. They are committed to excellence and are already high performance swimmers in their own right – many have represented Canada internationally, including at the Tokyo Olympics. I know we have chosen an excellent group to continue the winning path of the UBC Thunderbirds swim teams, and I look forward to guiding each of them as they embark on their varsity swimming careers.

The women’s team welcomes Canadian national team swimmer Emma O’Croinin as the 200m and 400m freestyle specialist who will study kinesiology at UBC. The eighteen-year-old swimmer from Edmonton, Alta., Won a bronze medal for Canada in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2019 FINA World Championships after winning one silver and two bronze at the 2019 FINA World Championships. 2019 FINA World Juniors and was named Swimming Canada Junior Female Swimmer of the Year in 2019.

Emma Spence brings her talent to the Birds after winning gold at the 2019 Canadian Junior Swimming Championships in the 200 breaststroke. Hailing from Regina, SK, 6ft tall, will study the arts with the goal of contributing to the T-Bird team after graduating from Luther College High School.

Anja Krueger of Winnipeg, Man., Will compete in the 200m and 400m freestyle for the Thunderbirds while studying biology at UBC.

Brooklyn Wiens joins the ‘Birds as a sprinter from Red Deer, Alta. The 18-year-old Red Deer Catalina Swim Club product aims to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with the T-Birds.

The Thunderbirds are also adding West Vancouver’s Quincy Bender to the program as a freestyle specialist who will study psychology at UBC. The Sentinel high school graduate was a member of Team BC’s Luxembourg travel team and swam with the Chena Swim Club.

Sara Moulson of Oakville, Ont., Will study trade while competing with the Birds after swimming the 100m freestyle and 200m backstroke (a personal best) at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials in June.

UBC women’s swimming program will also be bolstered by two-time Tokyo 2020 medalist Kayla sanchez in January 2022 after an impressive Olympic debut for the rising Canadian star.

The men’s program is excited to add Tsawwassen’s Calvin Slinn to the South Delta High School team. The potential computer and physics student will specialize in distance freestyle events and swim personal bests in the 400m and 800m freestyle at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials.

Justin Fotherby joins the Penticton High School Thunderbirds as a specialist in the 200m and 400m individual medley – two events in which Fotherby swam personal bests at the Olympic Trials. The product of the KISU Swim Club will study science at UBC with the goal of a career in pharmacology or radiology.

Rounding out the incoming class of T-Bird swimmers is Hugh McNeil of Langley, BC, who swam the 100m and 200m backstroke, as well as the 800m and 1500m freestyle in trials. Canadian Olympics this summer. The 6ft 4in Langley Olympians Swim Club product will study engineering at UBC.

The Thunderbirds look forward to welcoming the ten new student-athletes to UBC’s world-class Aquatic Center to begin the quest for five consecutive national championships and eight consecutive scans for the Canada West title.