LeBlanc Strikes Second AUS Gold

LeBlanc Strikes Second AUS Gold

(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE) The championship streaks are alive and well.

After the third and final day of competition, the Dalhousie Tigers captured both 2016-17 AUS swimming titles, the 19th consecutive win for the men and the 16th for the women.

The Tigers wasted little time as Claire Yurkovich earned her team the first gold medal of Day 3, in the women's 800-metre freestyle. Her teammate Meg Mackay finished third, while UNB's Kayla Martin placed second.

"Kayla's performance was inspiring," said Varsity Reds head coach Robin Ferdinand. "She's had some health setbacks the past couple of months, but put it together this weekend because of her hard work and positive attitude."

Martin narrowly missed the U SPORTS qualifying standard.

On the men's side, UNB's Justin LeBlanc captured gold, the Varsity Reds' only first place finish of the day, in the 50-metre breaststroke, beating out Dal's Sam Cusimano and Acadia's Brett Liem.

"Justin had an incredible weekend, a great way to finish a very successful AUS swimming career," said Ferdinand.

Earlier in the meet, LeBlanc won the men's 100-metre breaststroke and took bronze in the 200-metre breaststroke. "He was dominant in sprint breaststroke this weekend, missing an AUS record by 0.05 seconds. Two gold medals in a tough field of competitors was amazing to watch."

"I'm pleased with how I performed this weekend, but my personal performance should be overshadowed by how well the Varsity Reds as a whole performed these past few days," said LeBlanc. "I look forward to representing UNB at the upcoming U SPORTS championships, in Sherbrooke."

Lauren Adam took silver in the women's 50-metre breaststroke, to add to the bronze she captured in the 100-metre breaststroke.

"Lauren had a great weekend," said Coach Ferdinand. "Because of an injury, she has not been able to do breaststroke in workouts, but has trained very hard in other strokes and in the gym to get herself in race shape. A little bit of refining and skill work over the next ten days and she will be ready to swim fast in Sherbrooke."

Dalhousie swept the 200-metre backstroke with Tyler Herron finishing atop the podium. The Tigers also swept the podium in the marathon 1500-metre freestyle event, with Quinn West taking home the gold.

The Tigers also took home gold in both 4x100-metre medley relay races to conclude their championship weekend. In the men's 4x100 relay, UNB took the bronze medal.

"My hat goes off to all the teams," said Dalhousie head coach Lance Cansdale. "They showed great depth and competitiveness this weekend and that's a good thing for our conference moving forward."


RECAP BY: Andy Campbell/UNB Athletics with files from UPEI Athletics

PHOTO BY: UPEI Athletics