Spartans swim team completes successful weekend at Canada West championships

Trinity Western's Kirby Johnson leads the way, qualifying for CIS national championships

Led by Kirby Johnson and Nick Welychko  on the men’s side and Kiely Cunningham  on the women’s side, the Trinity Western swimming teams wrapped up a successful effort at the Canada West championships on Sunday with five of the their six swimmers making finals.

Johnson, who became the lone Spartans swimmer to earn a spot at the CIS national championships after he clocked a qualifying time in the 200m freestyle Saturday, was once again TWU’s top swimmer as he posted a time of 2:21.49 in the 200m breaststroke to finish 11th overall. His time was just 0.17 off of the CIS qualifying time of 2:21.32.

Welychko also finished 11th in his lone event of the day as he clocked a time of 2:10.40 in the “B” final of the 200m individual medley. Earlier in the day, he had a time of 2:10.28 in the preliminaries.

Patrick Loftus posted a time of 1:01.12 in the 100m backstroke to finish 16th while Brian MacPhail clocked a time of 2:26.90 in the “B” final of the 200m breast to also finish 16th. Earlier on Sunday, MacPhail had a time of 2:25.93 in the preliminaries.

In Johnson’s only other event, he finished 18th in the 100m free with a time of 52.55.

On the women’s side, it was Cunningham leading the way with a time of 2:46.99 in the 200m breaststroke, which was good enough for 13th place.

Anna de Tar finished 23rd overall with a time of 1:02.65 in the 100m free.

The CIS national championships are Feb. 21-23 in Calgary.


100m Free

18 Johnson, Kirby      52.55

200m Individual Medley

11 Welychko, Nick     2:10.40 – 6 points

100m Backstroke

16 Loftus, Patrick     1:01.12 – 1 point

200m Breaststroke

11 Johnson, Kirby      2:21.49 – 6 points

16 MacPhail, Brian     2:26.90 – 1 point

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