By Yoos, Cam on November 27, 2019.
Fresh off hosting the Canada West conference championships, members of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns swim teams have won Two Guys and a Pizza Place Pronghorn Athletes of the Week honours.
Chris Alexander of the men’s team, and Tricia Fair of the women’s, earned the recognitions.
Part of a historic swim for the Pronghorns men’s program, Alexander stepped onto the podium twice and led the way for the Pronghorns Saturday night in the 4×100 freestyle relay. The second-year local product was part of making Pronghorn history with the program’s first-ever silver medal in the men’s relays. Alexander swam the third leg of the relay.
On the final day, he stepped back on the podium picking up the Pronghorns’ first individual medal of the meet. Qualifying for the 100-metre backstroke finals in eighth position, Alexander stormed back with a strong swim to claim the bronze medal, his first individual Canada West medal.
During the meet’s opening day Alexander narrowly missed the podium in the 50-metre back, finishing less than a 10th of a second behind the bronze-medal swimmer. He broke his own school record in the same race, finishing with a time of 25.39 seconds.
Alexander has qualified for the U SPORTS championships that will be hosted by the University of Victoria in February.
Leading the way for the Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s swim team, Fair swam in three ‘A’ finals, set two school records and met the U SPORTS qualifying time.
Friday, on day one of the conference championships, the fourth-year nursing student broke her own school record in the 50-metre butterfly, finishing sixth and qualified for the U SPORTS Championships.
On day two, Fair qualified for the ‘A’ final in the 50-metre freestyle and finished sixth with a time of 26.55 seconds and picked up 13 team points for the Pronghorns.
Wrapping up the conference meet in style, Fair broke her second school record of the weekend in the 100-metre freestyle, winning the ‘B’ final and finishing ninth overall with a time of 57.40.
Fair is one of two female Pronghorn swimmers who have qualified for the U SPORTS championships, to be hosted in February by the University of Victoria.