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Winnipeg Athletes Recognized

WINNIPEG, MB. – The Manitoba Bison Athletes of the Week are both from Winnipeg. 

The Female Athlete of the Week is Kelsey Wog. At the end of the 2017 U SPORTS Swimming Championships held at University of Sherbrooke from February 24-26, the Bison rookie women’s swimmer, Kelsey, earned four individual medals in her first appearance at the nationals.

 

Wog, 18-years-old of Winnipeg, won the women’s 100m breaststroke plus silver in the women’s 50m breaststroke and two bronze medals in the 200m breaststroke and 200 IM during the three-day meet. 

On day one, Wog was first in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:06.06 and she set her new personal best with that time in the event for the victory. This victory also earned her U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian recognition. 

On day two, the Winnipeg native earned a third place in the 200m breaststroke (2:24.92) and then captured a second place in the 50m breaststroke (30.99) and was only .01 back of first on day three. In her final swim of the championships, Wog was third in 200m IM (2:12.10) to complete a very successful first season at the university level. 

In the overall team standings at the U SPORTS championships, the Bison women’s swim team finished in 12th spot with 69 points – all points scored by Wog – and improved eight places in the team standings from last season.

Wog has now been selected as Smitty’s Female Athlete of the Week for the third time in the 2016-17 season (Nov. 6/16, Nov. 27/16 and Feb. 26/17).

Earlier in the 2016-17 season, Wog was Canada West First Team All-Star after she earned three individual gold medal plus set two new championships meet records. She also finished in second place while being selected as Canada West Women Rookie of the Meet at the 2016-17 Canada West Swimming Championship. 

The Male Athlete of the Week is Gee-ef Nkwonta. The Bison fourth-year jumper, Gee-ef 22-years-old of Winnipeg, was the only Bison to earn two conference individual medals at the 2017 Canada West Track and Field Championships. 

On day one, Nkwonta was third in the men’s long jump with a result of 6.83m. He set a personal best in this event. 

The next day on Sat., Feb. 25, the Winnipeg native earned a silver medal with a second-place in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 14.90m (another personal best). He now is ranked fifth overall in U SPORTS in the men’s triple jump. 

With his effort, Nkwonta earned Canada West Second Team All-Star honours and automatically qualified for the 2017 U SPORTS Track and Field championships from March 9-11.

-Kevin Klein, MyToba News

With files from University of Manitoba

Photos – gobison.ca

Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at kevin@mytoba.ca and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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