SWIM: Record-breakers bring home plethora of national medals

MAN's Wog, LETH's Hess earn Swimmer of the Week honours

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CALGARY - Manitoba's Kelsey Wog and Lethbridge's Apollo Hess were named the CW Swimmers of the Week by the conference Tuesday.

Wog put an exclamation mark on her historic Canada West career at the U SPORTS Swimming Championships over the weekend. The fifth-year swimmer broke two U SPORTS records (one her own and one she shared) en route to four individual gold medals.

The Winnipeg, MB product entered her final U SPORTS nationals with a splash, racing to a 1:04.88 time in the 100-metre breaststroke, the first of her record-setting marks. She then broke a record she shared with Calgary’s Fiona Doyle on day three, finishing the 50-metre breaststroke in a lightning-fast 30.45 seconds.

Wog now has five total U SPORTS records to her name.

For good measure, in her last national meet, she added two more gold medals: one in the 200-metre breaststroke and one in the 200-metre medley.

Event log: U SPORTS Swimming Championships
Gold in 50-metre breaststroke*
Gold in 100-metre breaststroke*
Gold in 200-metre breaststroke
Gold in 200-metre medley
*new U SPORTS record

Meanwhile, a rookie swimmer out of the University of Lethbridge came screaming onto the scene in his first U SPORTS Swimming Championship. Apollo Hess didn't just capture a U SPORTS record on the final day of competition, he set a new Canadian record.

Hess raced to a blistering 26.65 in the 50-metre breaststroke to write his name in the Canadian history books, after he beat the U SPORTS mark earlier in the day.

The 19-year-old also captured gold in the 200-metre breaststroke and silver in the 100-metre breaststroke. He then helped his Pronghorns to two team silvers, one in the 4 by 100-metre free and one in the 4 by 100-metre medley.

The Lethbridge, AB product left Quebec City with five medals around his neck in his first U SPORTS Championship meet.

He was suitably named the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year.

Event Log: U SPORTS Swimming Championships
Gold in the 50-metre breaststroke*
Gold in the 200-metre breaststroke
Silver in the 100-metre breaststroke
Silver in the 4 by 100-metre free
Silver in the 4 by 100-metre medley
*New Canadian senior record

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