University swimming champs to represent Canada at Pan Am Games

Seven Canadian Interuniversity Sport champions are part of Canada's swimming team for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games that was announced on Saturday.

7 University of B.C. athleles crack roster

Seven members from the University of B.C. men's and women's swim teams will look to add more hardware to their collection at the Pan Am Games. (Rich Lam/CIS)

Canada's swimming team for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games was announced on Saturday.

Among those who made the roster are seven collegiate champions from the University of British Columbia that brought home the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) banners for men and women at nationals in February.

Here are some of the athletes to watch in the pool during the Pan Am Games.

Coleman Allen

Allen is coming off of an impressive CIS national meet. The third-year kinesiology major broke three CIS short-course records during preliminaries in the 50-metre, 100 and 200 butterfly. In addition to winning gold in those three events, Allen anchored the first-placed men's 4 x 200 freestyle relay team and won silver as part of the 4 x 100 freestyle relay team. Originally from Spokane, Wash., Allen should contribute well for Canada in the butterfly events or as part of a relay squad.

Yuri Kisil

​Kisil has had a remarkable rookie season at UBC. The Calgary native won the CIS men's rookie of the year, as well as the Sprinter's Cup for taking gold in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. He earned an additional gold in the men's 4 x 200 freestyle relay and silver in the men's 100 backstroke and 4 x 100 freestyle relay. The speedy and versatile rookie should provide an extra spark for Team Canada in a wide array of events.

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson

The master of the medleys was in excellent form at CIS nationals. Seltenreich-Hodgson won gold in both the women's 200 and 400 individual medleys in February. The second-year student from Ottawa also showed well in relay events, taking silver in the women's 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 freestyle relay. A dependable competitor (she anchored the 4 x 100 squad), Seltenreich-Hodgson is another valuable utility swimmer for Team Canada.

Other UBC swimmers on Team Canada

  1. Stefan Milosevic: two gold (men's 200 freestyle and 4 x 100 freestyle relay) and one bronze (100 freestyle)
  2. Tera van Beilen: one bronze (women's 100 breaststroke)
  3. Alex Loginov: one gold (men's 50 freestyle)
  4. Luke Reilly: one silver (men's 400 individual medley)


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