LeBlanc qualifies for CIS early... again.

LeBlanc qualifies for CIS early... again.


(FREDERICTON, NB) VReds swimmer Charli LeBlanc has qualified for the 2016 Canadian Interuniversity Sport swim championships, in the women’s 50-metre backstroke. She did so in a timed trial, at UNB’s Amby Legere Invitational.

The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, native posted a time of 29.75 seconds, just under the CIS standard of 29.93.

“In a race, you know you’re racing against other people, so you can push easier, but in a time trial, you’re all by yourself, so it’s harder to push yourself,” said LeBlanc.

As for passing the standard so early in the season, LeBlanc says it relieves some of the pressure. “It’s not as much pressure and it’s easier to pace yourself.”

In the women’s 50-metre backstroke final, LeBlanc finished second to Dalhousie’s Phoebe Lenderyou, in a time of 30.09 seconds.

The 2016 CIS swimming championships take place at Laval University, in Quebec City, in February.

Through two of three sessions and 40 events at the meet, the Dalhousie University Tigers lead the men’s and women’s team standings. UNB sits second in the women’s standings while Acadia is second on the men’s side.