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Tri-Cities swimmers back UBC to sixth straight national title

Brodie Young and Justice Migneault won a combined four medals, including two gold, at the U Sports men's championships.
Brodie Young (Coquitlam) and Justice Migneault (Port Coquitlam) stand with their UBC teammates that won the 2023 U SPORTS national swimming championships. The pair won four individual medals, plus the team gold for the Thunderbirds' sixth straight men's title.

A dynasty solidified by the fins of two Tri-Cities athletes.

Brodie Young and Justice Migneault turned on the jets in the Saanich pool, guiding the UBC Thunderbirds to their sixth consecutive men's national swimming championship this past weekend.

The local swimmers combined for four individual medals at the annual U SPORTS meet, including two gold in the medley division.

Young, a fourth-year out of Coquitlam, is considered a utility swimmer, meaning he can compete in any category: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.

He won gold in the 200-metre individual medley race, touching the wall with a time of 2:04.11 — more than three seconds ahead of second place.

Young also won bronze in the 400-metre individual medley at 4:25.26, roughly two seconds from the top of the podium.

The overall national banner is the Heritage Woods Secondary grad's fourth since joining UBC in 2018.

Migneault, a sophomore from Port Coquitlam, claimed two medals on Vancouver Island.

The Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary grad powered through the breaststroke in the men's 4x100-metre medley relay in helping the T-Birds win the race.

His second-leg time of 1:02.13 was part of the 3:41.90 clock that led to the gold medal.

Migneault's skills in the difficulty resulted in silver during the men's 100-metre breaststroke with a time of 1:02.59 — only .21 seconds behind first place.

Both Young and Migneault's contributions led to a combined 1,158.5 points at the national championship to hoist the Nelson C. Hart Trophy.

With this year's title, the UBC men have captured a U SPORTS-best 20 banners.