VICTORIA (April 4, 2014) - Christopher Courtis
of Grand Cayman, KY, a swimmer for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, qualified for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Canadian Swimming Trials on Thursday afternoon at the Saanich Commonwealth Place.
Courtis, a second year business major, achieved the feat after posting a personal best time of 27.67 in the 50m Backstroke. That time was good enough to earn him a spot on Team Barbados which will head to Glasgow, Scotland from July 23rd to August 3rd.
"This is an outstanding achievement for Chris," commented Laurier athletic director Peter Baxter
. "All of Laurier will be cheering him on this summer when he competes for his home country."
Courtis becomes the first Laurier swimmer to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and the accomplishment comes in a year in which he has had great success for the Golden Hawks. In February at the OUA Championships, the backstroke specialist set four school records, highlighted by a fifth place finish in the 50m and a ninth place finish in the 100m events. He went on to earn a pair of 15th place finishes at the CIS Championship in Toronto in both events.