In addition to wanting to perform in the pool, Kisil had another goal for this season: helping his fellow Thunderbirds any way he could.
Having competed at numerous major international meets the past couple years, Kisil felt he had something to offer his teammates other than stroke advice.
“I’ve been under high stress situations, so I’ve learned how to deal with that,” said Kisil. “Being there for my teammates is my biggest goal.”
UBC’s head coach, Steve Price, echoed Kisil’s statement about what the young Albertan brings to the team after his Olympic experience.
“He’s a real positive guy, who has a good perspective on swimming,” said Price. “Just having him around (has) a good calming effect, especially on our rookies.”
In addition to seeing success in his individual events, Kisil was a member of the Canadian men’s 4x100-metre freestyle relay team that placed seventh at the Games, while also setting a new U SPORTS record in the 4x200-metre freestyle relay at the national meet by a full second. In addition, his career includes competing at the 2014 Commonwealth and Pan Pacific Games, as well as a Pro Swim Series meet in Austin Texas earlier this season. Price is glad to have a member of his team with an international pedigree.
"Having Yuri, who has had some success internationally in both his individual events and his relays, with relays being a big part of university swimming, (is) huge," he said.
Kisil will resume his international duties not far from UBC, as he looks to secure a spot on Team Canada for the upcoming FINA world championships at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Saanich, B.C., Apr. 6-9.