McGill swimmer Caldwell named RSEQ and CIS athlete of the week
Swimmer Katie Caldwell, a freshman from McGill, has been named Quebec and Canadian university female athlete of the week by the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec and Canadian Interuniversity Sport, respectively, for the period ending Feb. 10, 2013.
Caldwell, a first-year elementary education major from White Rock, B.C., received rookie and swimmer-of-the-year honours at the RSEQ conference championships after she smashed a pair of Quebec university records and racked up six medals, including three golds. one silver and a pair of bronzes. The 18-year-old clocked 2:11.20 in the 200-metre individual medley and 4:37.01 in the 400 IM, both McGill records and CIS-best times this season. The two performances that would have been good for gold at last year’s CIS championships. Caldwell, whose time in the 400 IM was over a second faster than the 10-year-old CIS championship mark, will compete in her first university nationals next week in Calgary (Feb. 21-23).
The 5-foot-9 middle-distance specialist, who recently returned to competitive swimming after a six-month hiatus, also merited conference all-star status. She enrolled at McGill last fall out of Earl Marriott secondary school in Surrey, B.C.
Caldwell is the first McGill athlete to win the CIS weekly honour since March 26, 2012 when Francis Verreault-Paul led the hockey Redmen to a CIS national championship.
It marks the eighth time this season that a McGill athlete has been named RSEQ athlete of the week. Previous honorees include: Caroline Pfister (cross-country, Oct. 1), Adrian Hynes-Guery (basketball, Oct. 15), Joshua Blair (rugby, Nov. 12), Vincent Dufort (basketball, Nov. 19), Katia Clement-Heydra (hockey, Nov. 19), Genevieve Plante (volleyball, Jan. 8) and Katia Clement-Heydra (hockey, Jan. 23).
Joining Caldwell as RSEQ's weekly award winner was Laval swimmer Dominique Massie-Martel. The CIS male athlete of the week is Zack Chetrat, a swimmer from the University of Toronto who hails from Oakville, Ont.