Burnaby swimmer wins first NCAA title for SFU
Burnaby swimmer Mariya Chekanovych claimed Simon Fraser University’s first NCAA title when she won two races at the national championship in Birmingham, Ala., last week.
On Saturday, she took the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:13.35, a day after winning the 100-yard breaststroke in a NCAA record time of 1:01.50.
“There’s something about her consistency,” said SFU head coach Liam Donnelly. “She has been at her best this season when we are in high pressure situations, like in our dual against UCLA. I’m pleased that she put forth her strongest effort when it counted most and to set an NCAA record as a freshman is a nice accomplishment.”