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Athletes of the Week : UBC’s Thormeyer, Toronto’s Masse honoured

U SPORTS Staff

Swimmers Markus Thormeyer of the UBC Thunderbirds and Kylie Masse from the Toronto Varsity Blues are the U SPORTS Male and Female Athletes of the Week for the period ending Feb. 24, 2019.

With an incredible haul of seven gold medals, Thormeyer, a third-year at UBC, was named U SPORTS Male Swimmer of the Year while helping the Thunderbirds to a fourth banner in the last five years at the 2019 U SPORTS Odlum Brown Swimming Championships where he captured seven seven gold medals. All four of Thormeyer’s individual gold medals featured new U SPORTS record times as did all three of his relay races. 

The Science student from Delta, B.C. earned his first gold of the meet with a record time of 53.78 in the 100m backstroke. Thormeyer capped off a solid first day of the championship racing the anchor leg of UBC’s gold medal 4x100m medley relay. Saturday saw Thormeyer atop the podium two more times, first with a gold in the 200m freestyle in a U SPORTS record time of 1:48.02. He then swam another stellar anchor leg in the 4x200m freestyle relay team. The final day of the meet saw Thormeyer claim two more individual golds in the 100m freestyle and the 200m backstroke, along with his third relay gold in the 4x100m freestyle.

Kylie Masse earned national swimmer of the year honours for the fourth straight season as she wrapped up her Varsity Blues career by leading the University of Toronto to a silver-medal finish at the 2019 U SPORTS Odlum Brown Swimming Championships this past weekend in Vancouver. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 FINA world champion earned three grand slam awards for her four career victories in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events. Masse bettered her own U SPORTS long course record in the 200-metre event by more than two full seconds in 2:08.70. She also earned the national silver medal in the 50m butterfly. A kinesiology major, Masse also helped lead the Blues to gold-medal victories in all three relays, including two Canadian club and three U SPORTS records.

Male nominees: 

  • CW: Markus Thormeyer, swimming, UBC (winner)
  • OUA: Pierce Lepage, track and field, York
  • RSEQ:  Clement Secchi, swimming, McGill
  • AUS: Matthew Coolen, track and field, Dalhousie 

Female nominees:

  • CW: Ana Godinez Gonzalez, wrestling, Fraser Valley
  • OUA: Kyle Masse, swimming, Toronto (winner)
  • RSEQ: Jessy Lacourse, track and field, Laval
  • AUS: Savanna Jordan, track and field, Dalhousie

- Player bios courtesy U SPORTS member conferences