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Purple Pipe: Brad Vanderkam

Brad Vanderkam swam his way into the record book, and for this, we award him the Purple Pipe.

Vanderkam set two new Ontario University Athletics records this weekend in the 50 metre and 100m butterfly events at the OUA Championships in Ottawa. The 100m record was set on Friday with an impressive time of 53.89 seconds, surpassing the old record of 54.58 seconds and placing Vanderkam over two seconds ahead of his closest competitor.

On Saturday night, Vanderkam was at it again, demolishing the previous record of 25.61 seconds in the 50m twice, first with a morning preliminary swim of 24.84 seconds and again in the evening’s final, edging out a time of 24.83.

A first-year student at King’s College, the 20-year-old Vanderkam is currently ranked in the top three in Canada for his events. The Woodstock native is now set to lead the Mustangs to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships, which will be held at the University of Toronto from Mar. 5 to 7.

“I had no clue there were time records [at provincials],” Vanderkam said. “So it was cool when I found out [I had established a record], and good to help the team.”

The Western men’s and women’s swim teams had good runs this year, but the men finished second at provincials to U of T while the women finished third. Western coach Paul Midgely also received honours at the meet, being named OUA Men’s Coach of the Year.

—Ryan Bradshaw



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