Pitt Meadows swimmer helps SFU to 2011 Clan Cup

McDonnell, a sophomore at SFU, dominated the men’s butterfly competition

Ciaran McDonnell

Ciaran McDonnell

Pitt Meadows’ Ciaren McDonnell helped the Simon Fraser University Clan swim team to a win at the 2011 Clan Cup International swim meet last weekend.

Teams from across North America and Asia took part in the event, but it was the host Clan swim team that came away with the championship, with 343 team points, thanks in part to McDonnell’s performance.

McDonnell, a sophomore at SFU, dominated the men’s butterfly competition, winning the 200-metre race, while placing third in the 100-metre and 50-metre butterfly events.

McDonnell also finished ninth in the 200-metre individual medley and 10th in the 200-metre backstroke event.

In all, McDonnell collected 22 points for SFU in team standings.

The University of Victoria finished second with 294.5 points, while Team China finished third with 248 points.

Greg Laughlin led the men’s team with 27 points, the only swimmer on the team to score higher than McDonnell.

Meghan Quon of Richmond led the SFU female swimmers with 39 points during the meet, while Kristine Lawson of Coquitlam had 36.

McDonnell and the Clan swim team will be back in action Jan. 21, when they travel to Seattle to take on Seattle Pacific University and Washington State University.