The Quebec university swimming championships unfolded last weekend at Memorial Pool on the campus of McGill University and Pointe Claire resident Steven Bielby took the opportunity to shine.
The 19-year-old electrical engineering freshman, who learned his skills at the Pointe Claire Swim Club where he still trains, captured three gold medals and two silver medals to capture both conference Rookie of the Year and Athlete of the Year honours. Bielby won the 400-metre freestyle in a time of 4:00.11, the 400-metre individual medley in 4:25.29 and swam the third leg of the 4x50-metre freestyle relay to help McGill finish first in a time of 1:34.14.
Meanwhile, Kirkland resident Kevin Harmidy, also a current member of the Pointe Claire Swim Club, captured four pieces of silverware for the host McGill side including silver in the 100- and 200-metre breaststroke events with respective times of 1:06.15 and 2:23.67 and bronze in the 4X100 and 4X200-metre freestyle relays.
The competitive event, the most prestigious on the Canadian Interuniversity sport swimming calendar, featured several nationally ranked swimmers, including Olympian Jennifer Carroll of the Université du Quebec a Trois-Rivières, who was named the league’s female Athlete of the Year.
Lions continue to play well
The Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League playoffs are only a couple of weeks away, and the Dollard des Ormeaux-based Lac St. Louis Lions appear to be getting their game in gear. Head coach Danny Dupont’s troops hopped on the bus last weekend, destination Amos for a pair of road games that unfolded in a span of less than 24 hours. The Lions emerged with a 4-1 victory on Saturday night, and with little time to savour the victory, were back on the ice to face the Forestiers on Sunday afternoon. When all was said and done in that one, they registered a 5-4 overtime win. Connor Gagnon, Philip Zielonka, Joseph Manno and Kevin Altidor scored for the Lions on Saturday night while goaltender Michael MacCuaig stopped 33 shots. Meanwhile, Alexandre Carrier scored a pair, including the overtime winner on Sunday, while Gagnon, Jeremy Wong and Zielonka added singles. Lino Chimienti stopped 37 shots in goal. The Lions will stay on the road this second to last weekend of the regular season schedule with games on Friday night in Laval and Sunday afternoon at the St. Michel Arena against Montreal AAA. The pair of wins last weekend vaulted the Lions into sixth place in the CCM Division with a record of 18-19 with two overtime and two shootout losses.
Local teams off to Quebec peewee tourney
The 50th annual Quebec International Peewee Tournament, one of the most grueling and challenging amateur hockey tourneys worldwide, kicks off today in Quebec City, with no less than six local teams participating. The Deux Rives Dauphins, West Island Royals and Trois-Lacs Eagles will compete in the AA Division while the Lakeshore Panthers and Tigers and Trois-Lacs Phoenix will play in the International Division. The Eagles begin play today against Lac St. Jean while the Dauphins play Detroit Red Wings Little Caesars on Friday night. The Royals will meet the Los Angels Junior Kings on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers also take to the ice today against Lorraine/Rosmére while the Panthers play the Seacoast Spartans tomorrow morning. The Phoenix play the Stouffville Clippers on Friday morning. The prestigious tournament, which has seen many participants go on to play in the National Hockey League, including Eric Lindros, Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux is a double elimination tournament, with each team guaranteed two games.