2017-18 Canada West swim championships deemed success by coach

  Posted on: November 26, 2017

Gabrielle Dagasso diving into pool (AP Shutter photo)

The 2017-18 Canada West swim championships were another successful step in the development of the program at Thompson Rivers University. The WolfPack had their largest contigent of their four year history and had their most swims ever.

“It was very successful,” said TRU head coach Brad Dalke. “Both the men’s and women’s teams finished 8 th overall. The team had 10 ‘second’ scoring swims . That is double what we have had in the past.”

On the final day of the event, which was hosted by the University of Victoria, the Pack had four ‘final’ swims. Nolan Paul (Mission, BC but trained out of Chilliwack, BC) had two swims—the consolation final of the 200 metre butterfly, where he was 13 th. He was 26 th in the 400 meter freestyle.

Breena Rusnell (Fort McMurray, AB) placed sixth in the consolation final of the 100 meter breast stroke. Joelle Young (Fort McMurray, AB) wound up seventh in the consolation final of the 200 meter breast stroke. In the championship finals of the women’s 100 meter medley, Thompson Rivers—consisting of Young, Rusnell, Gabrielle Dagasso (Kamloops, BC) and Mikaela Hitchen (Nanaimo, BC) wound up 8 th.

Other swims on the day included Dagasso placing 18 th in the 100 meter backstroke. Matthew Gauthier (Sylvan Lake, AB) was 28 th in the men’s 100 free style.