BlackBerry CIS Athletes of the Week: Toronto's Chetrat

(CIS) – Swimmers Sarah-Lee Hevey of Montreal and Zack Chetrat of Toronto are the BlackBerry Canadian Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 13, 2011.


Chetrat, a third-year economics and political science student from Oakville, Ont., set three individual meet records, anchored a record-breaking relay and guided the U of T men to their eighth consecutive conference crown. The 5-foot-11 junior opened the three-day meet by clocking 3:51.59 in the 400 freestyle to better the previous OUA mark established way back in 1985 by Canadian Olympian Dave Shemilt (3:53.22). He then beat his own conference record in the 200 butterfly thanks to a time of 1:59.25, set a new standard of 53.86 in the 100 fly and helped the Varsity Blues finish the 4 x 200 free relay in 7:27.15. Chetrat will be looking to defend three CIS individual titles next week in Calgary.   

Swimmers David Sharpe of Dalhousie and Adam Szoo of Laval, as well as volleyball player Lucas Van Berkel of Trinity Western were the other male nominees.

Hevey, a second-year biological sciences student from Amos, Que., was named female swimmer of the meet at the RSEQ championships in Montreal after she claimed four gold medals in as many individual events and added a pair of relay silvers to lead the Carabins women to their second straight conference title. The 21-year-old sophomore, who won the 800-metre freestyle, 200 individual medley, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke, had her best swim of the weekend in the 200 breast as she touched the wall in 2:26.81 to shatter the previous RSEQ record of 2:29.09 set back in 1992 by three-time Olympian Guylaine Cloutier. Hevey hopes to add to her medal collection next week at the CIS championships in Calgary (Feb. 24-26).

Swimmers Ceilidh MacPherson of Dalhousie and Hayley Nell of Western Ontario, as well as Calgary wrestler Gen Haley were also nominated for the women’s award.


Female nominees:

AUS: Ceilidh MacPherson, swimming, Dalhousie
RSEQ: Sarah-Lee Hevey, swimming, Montreal (recipient)
OUA: Hayley Nell, swimming, Western Ontario
CWUAA: Gen Haley, wrestling, Calgary 


Male nominees:

AUS: David Sharpe, swimming, Dalhousie
RSEQ: Adam Szoo, swimming, Laval
OUA: Zack Chetrat, swimming, Toronto (recipient)
CWUAA: Lucas Van Berkel, volleyball, Trinity Western

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