GOLDEN PERFORMANCES HELP VARSITY BLUES MEN CLOSE GAP AT CIS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

TORONTO - A record-breaking performance from veteran Colin Russell and two individual gold-medals from second-year standout Zach Chetrat have helped the University of Toronto close the gap between first and second place in the men's standings on day two of the CIS swimming championships. The Varsity Blues remain in second place with 398 points but are only 24.5 points behind Calgary (422.5).

It's a different story on the women's side where Calgary's women's team has enjoyed its time in Varsity Pool and extended their lead (443) over the second-place UBC Thunderbirds (379) and third-place Montreal Carabins (291).

In his final year of university competition, Russell of Burlington, Ont. broke the CIS record in the men's 50-metre freestyle twice on Friday. The 2008 Olympian established and new time of 21.93 in the preliminaries before besting that time by two tenths of a second, 21.73, in the final to claim his second gold of the meet.

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The 2010 Canada West champion Ryan Gow picked up the silver medal for the second consecutive year (22.24), while U of T's Martyn Forde, a four-time medalist in this event, was third (22.35).

Chetrat has made his mark on this year's championship, completing a rare double-double on day two.  Already a gold medalist in the 100-metre butterfly, the Oakville native won the men's 400 freestyle (3:50.34), dethroning the defending CIS champion Steven Bielby of McGill (3:51.00). Bielby settled for bronze, while Calgary's David Woodman took the silver (3:50.96). 

"It felt good in the water I was thinking I've got to do the best I can because I've trained all season for this," said Chetrat. "I really wanted to show that I could finish the 200 fly after the 400 free."

Just three events later, the defending national champion in the 200 butterfly was golden again. Chetrat out-distanced himself in the last 100 metres to claim his third gold medal of 2010 in a time of 1:56.7. 2010 AUS champion David Sharpe of the Dalhousie Tigers, who finished behind Chetrat in the 100 fly, claimed his fourth CIS medal (1:58.53). Sharpe also won the 50-metre backstroke on Thursday and was a silver-medalist in the 100 back tonight.

Laval's Eric Cantin led a trio of first-time medalist in the men's 50 fly.  The 2010 QSSF swimmer of the year can now add CIS champion to his resume. In a close race to the very end, Cantin hit the wall in a time of 24.36, three one-hundredths of a second ahead of U of T's Mike Smerek (24.39). Sherbrooke's Mark Maizonnasse was third (24.85).

On the women's side, Katy Murdoch of the Calgary Dinos continued to shine on day two. She successfully defended her title in the 100 backstroke (59.31), picking up her fifth medal in as many years.  She also holds two silver medals and one bronze in this event. Toronto's Andrea Jurenovskis, the 2009 bronze medalist, was second (1:00.72).

"It's really great to finish my last CIS race with a gold medal," said Katy Murdoch. "The crowd was so loud and it was a great atmosphere."

Already a gold medalist in 2010, Audrey Lacroix claimed her fourth first-place finish in the women's 200-metre butterfly (2:09.37). After a year's absence, she reclaimed her 2008 title, finishing 2.13 seconds ahead of silver medalist Erin Miller of UBC (2:11.50).

First-time CIS champion Chantique Payne out-touched the field in a 50-metre butterfly.  The Guelph Gryphon bettered McMaster's Sarah Taylor by .13 seconds. Payne, the 2010 OUA champion, finished the race in a time of 27.34 with Taylor touching the wall at 27. 47.  Charlotte Dandurand of the Laval Rouge et Or was third (27.65), while Montreal's Lacroix was fourth (27.69).

As they did last year, UBC swept the women's 200-metre breaststroke. The T-Birds were led by third-year swimmer Martha McCabe of Toronto, who claimed gold (2:21.91), while teammate Hanna Pierse, sister of 2009 CIS champion and Canadian-record holder in this event Annamay Pierse, finished second (2:26.26). Laura Thompson was third (2:28.93)

2010 Canada West champion Kevyn Peterson turned her bronze into gold on Friday night.  The three-time CIS bronze medalist in the 400 freestyle finally claimed the long-awaited gold medal (4:08.71).

"It feels really good," said Peterson. "I wasn't sick this year - I'm healthy for this race. I've been sick for the past couple of CIS championships so this is finally the year and I came in with guns a blazing."

Calgary Dinos sensation Erica Morningstar defender her 2009 CIS title in the 50-metre freestyle (25.21). Thursday's swimmer of the day was just three-tenths ahead of a co-silver medalists Hayley Nell of Western Ontario and Marie-Pier Ratelle of Laval (25.51).           

Other individual winners on the men's side Friday evening were Guelph's Andrew Ford in the 100 backstroke and Jason Block of the Calgary Dinos in the 200 breaststroke.

In the 800-metre freestyle relay, Calgary Dinos women's team of Morningstar, Murdoch, Peterson and Breanna Hendriks, defended their 2009 CIS crown, while Toronto's men's team of Chetrat, Russell, Cummings, and Curtis Samuel upset the top-seeded Calgary Dinos in a thrilling come-from-behind victory.

The three-day CIS championships wrap up Saturday with prelims starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and finals at 6 p.m. EST.

DAY 2 TEAM STANDINGS

Women

1. Calgary, 443 points
2. UBC, 379
3. Montréal, 291
4. Western, 234.5
5. Toronto, 217

6. Laval, 148.5
7. Alberta, 131
8. Dalhousie, 95
9. Guelph, 88
10. Victoria, 62
11. McMaster, 50
12. Laurier, 41
13. Ottawa, 35

14. McGill, 31
15. Brock, 16
16. Regina, 14
16. UNB, 14
18. Laurentian, 11
19. Lethbridge, 9
20. Sherbrooke, 1

Scores - Men
1. Calgary, 422.5
2. Toronto, 398
3. UBC, 267
4. Laval, 234.5
5. Dalhousie, 191
6. Alberta, 151
7. Western, 148
8. Victoria 90
9. Montréal, 88
10. Guelph, 86
11. Ottawa, 76

12. McGill, 56
13. McMaster, 50
14. Lethbridge, 16
14. Sherbrooke, 16
16. Manitoba, 12
17. York, 9
18. Waterloo, 2


DAY 2 INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS (Friday)

W 100m Back
1. Katy Murdoch, Calgary, 59.31
2. Andrea Jurenovskis, Toronto, 1:00.72
3. Chrystele Roy L'Ecuyer, Montreal, 1:01.13

M 100m Back
1. Andrew Ford, Guelph, 54.01

2. David Sharpe, Dalhousie, 54.21
3. Cam Cummings, Toronto, 54.47

W 50m Fly
1. Chantique Payne, Guelph, 27.34

2. Sarah Taylor, McMaster, 27.47
3. Charlotte Dandurand, Laval, 27.65

M 50m Fly

1. Eric Cantin, Laval, 24.36
2. Mike Smerek, Toronto, 24.39
3. Mark Maizonnasse, Sherbrooke, 24.85

W 400m Free
1. Kevyn Peterson, Calgary, 4:08.71
2. Pamela Ruksys, Toronto, 4:12.92
3. Brittany Cooper, Western, 4:15.58


M 400m Free
1. Zack Chetrat, Toronto, 3:50.34

2. David Woodman, Calgary, 3:50.96
3. Steven Bielby, McGill, 3:51.00
 
W 200m Breast

1. Martha McCabe, UBC 2:21.91
2. Hanna Pierse, UBC, 2:26.26
3. Laura Thompson, UBC, 2:28.93

M 200m Breast
1. Jason Block, Calgary, 2:10.07
2. Bryn Jones, Western, 2:11.81
3. Marco Monaco, Toronto, 2:12.52


W 50m Free
1. Erica Morningstar,Calgary, 25.21
2. Hayley Nell, Western, 25.51
2. Marie-Pier Ratelle, Laval 25.51

M 50m Free
1. Colin Russell, Toronto, 21.73
2. Ryan Gow, Calgary, 22.24
3. Martyn Forde, Toronto, 22.35


W 200m Fly
1. Audrey Lacroix, Montreal, 2:09.37
2. Erin Miller, UBC, 2:11.50
3. Jessica Johnson, Calgary, 2:13.60

M 200m Fly
1. Zack Chetrat, Toronto, 1:56.70

2. David Sharpe, Dalhousie, 1:58.53
3. Jordan Hartney, UBC, 1:59.43

W 4 x 200m Free Relay
1. Calgary 8:00.21
(Erica Morningstar, Katy Murdoch, Kevyn Peterson, Breanna Hendriks)
2. Montreal 8:03.48
(Genevieve Samur, Chrystele Roy L'Ecuyer, Sarah-Lee Hevey, Audrey Lacroix)
3. Toronto 8:09.12
(Andrea Jurenovskis, Heather Maitland, Melanie Davis, Pamela Ruksys)


M 4 x 200m Free Relay
1. Toronto 7:14.20
(Zack Chetrat, Curtis Samuel, Colin Russell, Cam Cummings)

2. Calgary 7:16.77
(Brad Hankewich, Colin Miazga, David Woodman, Bogdan Knezevic)
3. UBC 7:19.70
(Duncan Furrer, Tommy Gossland, Rory Biskupski, Matt Godbeer)

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