Swimming (M) news
Steven Bielby of Pointe Claire, Que., and Caroline Hill of Dorval, Que., are the McGill University athletes of the week for the period ending on Feb. 13, 2011.
McGill swimmer Steven Bielby of Pointe Claire, Que., was named male athlete of the year at the Quebec university championships over the weekend. The 21-year-old electrical engineering junior won three gold medals and a pair of silvers to lead all McGill swimmers at the two-day meet, held at the Université de Montréal’s CEPSUM pool.
Three McGill teams remain ranked in the CIS Top 10 this week, including women hockey at No.1, men's hockey at No.2 and men's swimming has slipped one spot coming in at No. 10.
Sophomore Myriam Donato, a butterfly and individual medley specialist from Pointe Claire, Que., led all McGill swimmers with three podium finishes, including a silver and two bronze medals at the fourth Quebec Cup university meet of the season, held at McGill's Memorial pool, Saturday.
McGill will host the fourth Quebec Cup swim meet on Saturday afternoon at Memorial pool in the Currie Gym. Admission is free of charge and it is the team's only major meet at home as the season winds down for the league championships.
Three McGill teams remain in the CIS Top 10 national rankings this week, including the No.1-ranked hockey Martlets, the No.2-hockey Redmen and the No.9 Redmen swim team.
Four McGill teams find themselves in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 national rankings this week. The Martlets and Redmen hockey teams are ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, while the men's swim team has remained ninth and the women's volleyball squad crept in for the first time this season, with a debut at No.10.
Rayven Snodgrass of Calgary and Pierre-Alexandre Renaud of Laval, Que., both freshmen on the McGill swim team, have met the rigid qualifying standard for the CIS championships as McGill finished third in both the men's and women's divisions at the third Quebec Cup swim meet, Saturday. They are among 21 McGill swimmers who have now qualified to compete at the Nationals in Calgary, Feb. 24-26.
Three McGill varsity teams are ranked in this week's CIS Top 10 media poll, including both hockey teams and the Redmen swim team, which is No.9.
A number of McGill varsity sports teams will be in action over the holidays. The only local events will be in basketball, with the Redmen suiting up for the Classique des Citadins tournament at UQAM and the Martlets playing at the Concordia-Reebok Invitational tourney. Both hockey teams will be out of town, along with the volleyball, track and swim teams.
Both of McGill's hockey and swim team are listed among the final CIS national rankings of the fall. The Top 10 will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.
Swimmer Steven Bielby of Pointe Claire, Que., and hockey player Francis Verreault-Paul of Mashteuiatsh, Que., were among 19 bursary recipients from McGill to be honoured at the 25th annual Quebec Foundation for University Athletics awards gala, Wednesday.
Peter Carpenter is among 43 individuals selected to receive a 2010 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards. Reporter John Meagher of The Gazette profiles the McGill swim coach.
Free admission is being offered to anyone who brings a non-perishable food item to any McGill basketball, hockey or volleyball home game this weekend. This kicks of a two-day food drive for the Sun Youth Community Centre, an annual initiative of the McGill Varsity Council, a group that represents all varsity athletes on campus.
Four McGill varsity teams find themselves in the CIS Top 10 national rankings this week including both hockey and swim teams.