Swimming (M) news
Valérie Grand'Maison of the McGill University swim team won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London, Saturday. The 23-year-old native of Fleurimont, Que., posted a personal best time of 27.91 seconds in the women's S13 50-metre freestyle, which was won by Kelly Becherer of the U.S. (27.46).
Valérie Grand’Maison, a member of the McGill women's swim team, and Peter Carpenter, her head coach with the Martlets, will take part in the Opening Ceremonies at the Paralympic Games in London today. Another McGillian serving in an official capacity at the Games is Alison Korn, a former McGill basketball player and rower, who is part of the Team Canada mission staff in the capacity of press chief
Jo-Annie Fortin, a 21-year-old psychology freshman at McGill University, finished fourth with the Canadian synchronized swim squad in the team routine final at the Olympics, Friday. Fortin, a Montrealer, had the best finish of the six McGillians that competed at the London Games. Ten other McGill grads served at the Games as coaches or administrators.
Derek O'Farrell and Doug Vandor, both of whom got their start in a novice boat with the McGill University rowing team, finished ninth and 14th in their respective events at the Summer Olympics, Saturday.
Victoria Poon of LaSalle, Que., was 15th in the women's 50-metre freestyle semifinals, Friday, and did not advance to the medal round at the Summer Olympics. The 24-year-old who swam for McGill University in 2005-06, was clocked in 25.17 seconds after qualifying in 25.15 during her preliminary heat. Her morning time was just 0.15 seconds off the Canadian record set by Jennifer Beckberger in 2009
Former McGill University swimmer Victoria Poon of LaSalle, Que., finished fifth in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay (3:39.60) at the Summer Olympics on Saturday.Rowers Douglas Vandor of Dewittville, Que., and Derek O'Farrell of Montreal - who both got their start in a McGill novice boat - are slated to make their Olympic debut at the Summer Games on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
Swimmer Carol Chiang is among five new additions announced recently for induction to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame.
The late Air Vice-Marshall Frank McGill is among five new additions announced recently for induction to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame. Once referred to by The Canadian Press as "a hazel-eyed superman", McGill was also inducted to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1965.
The 1962 McGill Redmen football team, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their magical Yates Cup league championship this fall, headlines a new cast of five inductees selected for the McGill Sports Hall of Fame, bringing the list of honoured members to 112 since the pantheon opened in 1996.
Swimmer Steven Bielby, an electrical engineering senior at McGill University, finished third in the men's 400-metre individual medley at the Canadian Olympic Trials, Tuesday, in an attempt to earn a roster spot for the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Charlène Puel, a native of Lyon, France and Steven Bielby of Pte. Claire, Que., are the McGill University - Ye Olde Orchard athletes of the week, for the period ending Feb. 26, 2012.
McGill swimmers took home three bronze medals and broke an unprecedented 10 school records at the CIS championships, a three-day event hosted by the Universite de Montreal that concluded Saturday at the CEPSUM pool.
The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds all but secured the women's team title on the second day of the 2012 CIS swimming championships and it was only fitting that one of their own, Olympian Savannah King, shined the brightest on Friday night.
Steven Bielby of Pte. Claire, Que., captured a bronze medal and his McGill teammates broke five school records to kick off Day 1 of the 2012 CIS swimming championships, an opening day that saw three meet records fall at the University of Montreal's CEPSUM Pool.
McGill has qualified 10 men and 10 women for the CIS national swim championships at University of Montreal's CEPSUM Pool, March 23-25. Preliminaries start at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. daily. SSN Canada will have live webcast of all morning and evening sessions.