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McGill swimmer wins 4 golds at Quebec championships

SHERBROOKE - Ryan Tomicic of Aylmer, Que. won four gold medals as the Redmen finished third of five teams at the Quebec university swim championships, in Sherbrooke over the weekend. Montreal captured the men's title, followed by Laval, McGill, UQTR and Sherbrooke.

On the women's side, McGill's Joanie Stilling, a freshman from Calgary, garnered one gold, two silvers and a bronze to earn conference rookie-of-the-year honours as the Martlets finished third behind first-place Laval and Montreal. UQTR was fourth and Sherbrooke, fifth.

Tomicic, a law student who turns 26 on Feb. 15, won both the 50 and 200-metre freestyles in 23.56 seconds and 1:52.25, respectively. He also helped McGill finish first in the 4x50 medley relay (1:46.38) and the 4x100 free relay (3:29.24). The fifth-year veteran has won 99 career medals for McGill, including 26 this season.

Fran├žois Castonguay, a junior from Quebec City, also had a strong meet for the Redmen, winning both the 200 butterfly (2:06.16) and 200 individual medley (2:07.20), in addition to a silver in the 400 IM (4:32.03) and a third-place finish with the 4x200 medley relay squad (4:03.59).

Other McGill gold medalists were Richard Halpert of Acton, Mass., Bryan Long of Toronto and Adam Eilath of North York, Ont., all on the 4x100 free, plus Stephen Preston of Aurora, Ont., Alex Mazar of Whitby, Ont., and Toronto-born David Spencer, with the 4x50 medley relay.

Stilling, the only McGill female to win an event at the meet, was clocked at 9:05.85 in the grueling 800 free. She helped the 4x200 freestyle relay finish second and anchored the 4x100 free to a third-place finish. Stilling also posted a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyles.

McGill has qualified nine men and nine women for the CIS championship in Halifax, Feb. 22-24.



GOLD (Ryan Tomicic, 50 freestyle, 23.56)
GOLD (Ryan Tomicic, 200 freestyle, 1:52.25)
GOLD (Francois Castonguay, 200 butterfly, 2:06.16)
GOLD (Francois Castonguay, 200 IM, 2:07.20)
GOLD (4x100 free, Richard Halpert, Bryan Long, Adam Eilath, Ryan Tomicic; 3:29.24)
GOLD (4x50 MR, Stephen Preston, Alex Mazar, Ryan Tomicic, David Spencer; 1:46.38)
SILVER (Francois Castonguay, 400 IM, 4:32.03)
SILVER (Kevin Harmidy, 200 breaststroke, 2:23.03)
SILVER (Stephen Preston, 50 backstroke, 27.43)
SILVER (Stephen Preston, 100 backstroke, 59.14)
BRONZE (Bryan Long, 50 freestyle, 23.97)
BRONZE (4x200 free, David Spencer, Richard Halpert, Adam Eilath, Sean Bell; 7:54.69)
BRONZE (4x100 MR, Francois Castonguay, Kevin Harmidy, Jonathan Carkner, Hugh Cook; 4:03.59)
BRONZE (4x50 free, Adam Eilath, Stephen Preston, Joseph Kimani, Kevin Fumerton; 1:50.28)


GOLD (Joanie Stilling, 800 freestyle, 9:05.85)
SILVER (Joanie Stilling, 400 freestyle, 4:19.21)
SILVER (4x50 freestyle, Brienne Brannagan, Danielle Hetherington, Kristina Hassell, Leann Lapp; 1:50.28)
SILVER (4x200 free, Joanie Stilling, Allison McCabe, Brieanne Brannagan, Lauren Crawford, 8:43.68)
SILVER (4x100 MR, Callan Gault, Allison McCabe, Kristyna Cleminson, Kristina Hassell, 4:27.23)
BRONZE (4x100 free, Brieanne Brannagan, Danielle Hetherington, Kristina Hassell, Joanie Stilling; 3:58.42)
BRONZE (Lauren Crawford, 200 IM, 2:25.96)
BRONZE (Callan Gault, 50 backstroke, 31.16)
BRONZE (Callan Gault, 100 back, 1:06.94)

Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer & Webmaster
Dept. of Athletics
McGill University
475 Pine Avenue W.
Montreal, Que. H2W 1S4

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