Bielby walks away from swim awards gala with three trophies


Published: 17Apr2010

(PHOTO: Steven Bielby (left) pictured here receiving the Uldis Auders Award from Kim Bartlett, director of admissions and recruitment at the 2010 McGill Athletics Gala. PHOTO BY ANDREW DOBROWOLSKYJ)


MONTREAL, Que. - Steven Bielby, a sophomore sensation from Pointe Claire, Que., won three major trophies at the Friends of McGill Swimming awards gala, held at the Montreal Athletic Association on April 16.


The 20-year-old electrical engineering honours student was named team MVP in addition to receiving the Redmen performance-of-the-year award for his record-breaking, gold-medal swim in the 400 individual medley at the CIS championship meet. He also received the Marie-Claude Saumure Memorial trophy, which is awarded to the swimmer who best combines academics and athletics.


Other men's awards, announced by first-year head coach Peter Carpenter, went to Hector Hernandez (most improved swimmer), Tyler Manning-Dahan (rookie of the year) and Daniel Albrechtsons (leadership and team spirit).


On the women's side, Kristyna Cleminson of Belleville, Ont., was voted team MVP, while Valerie Grand'Maison, a freshman from Town of Mt. Royal, Que., took home the performance-of-the-year award for her time in the 400 freestyle (4:25.97) at the Quebec conference championship meet,


Other honours went to Elana Evans (most improved swimmer) of Calgary, Myriam Donato (rookie of the year) of Pointe Claire, Que., and Leanne Roach (leadership and team spirit) of Riverview, N.B.


Cleminson, a 5-foot-10 backstroker, posted a personal best at Nationals, where she made the consolation finals in the women's 200 breaststroke, finishing sixth with a time of 2:36.76.


Bielby, a 5-foot-7 middle distance swimmer won four medals at the CIS championship meet, including a gold medal in the 1500-metre freestyle. His performance at Nationals earned all-Canadian honours and qualified him to compete at the Mare Nostrum Series, a high-profile European tour of World Cup meets, in June. Last week, Bielby also took home the Uldis Auders memorial award, presented to the McGill sophomore who best combines academics with athletics.





Earl Zukerman

Communications Officer

McGill Athletics & Recreation


earl.zukerman [at]


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