TWU Swimming: Spartans kick off season in fine form

The Trinity Western men’s and women’s swim teams opened the 2011-12 season by swimming in their first official meet as a varsity club and had an impressive showing, led by Christian Desjarlais on the men’s side and Lindsay Romkes on the women’s side, at the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club Invitational Saturday and Sunday.

With every one of the Spartans team members swimming in their first event wearing Trinity Western colours it was a quality showing across the board and one that saw four different Spartans win races.

“The first meet was a good tune up to see where we are in terms of our technical and physical preparation,” said Spartans coach Brian Metcalfe. “Many of our swimmers placed in the top eight and posted personal best times.  This competition sets up well as we prepare for the meet this weekend at Simon Fraser where swimmers will be trying to achieve Canada West and CIS qualifying times.”

On the men’s side, the best finishes of the day included Desjarlais finishing first in the 100m and 200m freestyle and second in the 50m free and 50m butterfly, Nick Welychko finishing first in the 50m breaststroke and second in the 100m individual medley, Patrick Loftus finishing first in the 50m backstroke and second in the 100m back and Anthony Russo finishing sixth in the 50m free.

As a team, the highlight race for the men was the 50m free event as the Spartans foursome all finished in the top six with Desjarlais second, Loftus third, Welychko fourth and Russo sixth.

On the women’s side, the top finishes included Romkes finishing first in the 100m fly and second in the 200m free, Kiely Cunningham finishing third in the 50m breast, Sally Wallick finishing fourth in the 50m back and Rebecca Franklin finishing 27th in the 50m breast.

The Spartans will be back in the pool for the Simon Fraser Clan Cup Nov. 5-6.


50 SC Metre Freestyle

5th Lindsay Romkes – 28.59

14th Sally Wallick – 30.01

20th Kiely Cunningham – 30.42

29th Rebecca Franklin – 32.61

100 SC Metre Freestyle

4th Lindsay Romkes – 1:00.83

19th Kiely Cunningham – 1:06.76

23th Sally Wallick – 1:07.40

29th Rebecca Franklin – 1:15.23

200 SC Metre Freestyle

2nd Lindsay Romkes – 2:09.46

8th Sally Wallick – 2:18.06

15th Kiely Cunningham – 2:20.39

29th Rebecca Franklin – 2:40.02

50 SC Metre Breaststroke

3rd Kiely Cunningham – 36.01

15th Lindsay Romkes – 38.58

21st Sally Wallick – 40.72

27th Rebecca Franklin – 44.03

100 SC Metre Breaststroke

6th Kiely Cunningham – 1:19.92

20th Lindsay Romkes – 1:26.54

22nd Sally Wallick – 1:28.48

28th Rebecca Franklin – 1:32.77

50 SC Metre Backstroke

4th Sally Wallick – 33.30

8th Kiely Cunningham – 34.12

9th Lindsay Romkes – 34.13

29th Rebecca Franklin – 40.84

100 SC Metre Backstroke

5th Sally Wallick – 1:10.40

9th Kiely Cunningham – 1:12.53

17th Lindsay Romkes – 1:14.92

29th Rebecca Franklin – 1:28.11

50 SC Metre Butterfly

3rd Lindsay Romkes – 31.25

8th Sally Wallick – 31.41

13th Kiely Cunningham – 32.43

29th Rebecca Franklin – 39.10

100 SC Metre Butterfly

1st Lindsay Romkes – 1:05.93

11th Sally Wallick – 1:13.85

17th Kiely Cunningham – 1:17.11

27th Rebecca Franklin – 1:28.57

100 SC Metre IM

8th Lindsay Romkes – 1:11.70

10th Kiely Cunningham – 1:12.08

11th Sally Wallick – 1:12.69

29th Rebecca Franklin – 1:24.77


50 SC Metre Freestyle

2nd Christian Desjarlais – 24.53

3rd Patrick Loftus – 25.46

4th Nick Welychko – 25.49

6th Anthony Russo – 25.54

100 SC Metre Freestyle

1st Christian Desjarlais – 54.02

11th Nick Welychko – 56.22

26th Patrick Loftus – 58.37

29th Anthony Russo – 58.73

200 SC Metre Freestyle

1st Christian Desjarlais – 1:57.19

10th Nick Welychko – 2:01.28

14th Patrick Loftus – 2:02.57

24th Anthony Russo – 2:06.64

50 SC Metre Breaststroke

1st Nick Welychko – 32.20

22nd Anthony Russo – 34.79

26th Christian Desjarlais – 35.33

31st Patrick Loftus – 35.93

100 SC Metre Breaststroke

3rd Nick Welychko – 1:10.74

22nd Chris Desjarlais – 1:17.85

25th Anthony Russo – 1:18.16

37th Patrick Loftus – 1:21.15

50 SC Metre Backstroke

1st Patrick Loftus – 28.12

8th Nick Welychko – 29.68

12th Christian Desjarlais – 30.12

29th Anthony Russo – 31.82

100 SC Metre Backstroke

2nd Patrick Loftus – 1:00.85

4th Nick Welychko – 1:01.89

7th Christian Desjarlais – 1:02.64

26th Anthony Russo – 1:08.43

SC Metre Butterfly

2nd Christian Desjarlais – 27.22

17th Anthony Russo – 28.16

18th Nick Welychko – 28.17

20th Patrick Loftus – 28.43

100 SC Metre Butterfly

3rd Christian Desjarlais – 59.48

14th Nick Welychko – 1:03.00

24th Patrick Loftus – 1:05.80

26th Anthony Russo – 1:06.10

100 SC Metre IM

2nd Nick Welychko – 1:02.06

6th Christian Desjarlais – 1:03.10

9th Anthony Russo – 1:03.72

20th Patrick Loftus – 1:06.91

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