Moors named Bisons’ female athlete of the year, competes at Olympic trials

Thompsonite Kimberly Moors capped off her five-year swimming career at the University of Manitoba by being named the Bison sports female athlete of the year April 2.

Moors is only the third swimmer to be named the university’s top female athlete in the 53 years that the award has been handed out and the first since Landice Yestrau in the 2005-6 season. Her fifth year of Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) eligibility saw Moors named the female swim team MVP for the third consecutive season and she won the silver medal in the women’s 50-metre butterfly at the CIS national swimming championships, earning her recognition as a CIS second team All-Canadian. She was also the Bisons’ top swimmer at the Canada West swimming championship, where she won the women’s 50-metre butterfly and placed second in the 50-metre freestyle, fourth in the 100-metre freestyle and eighth in the 100-metre butterfly. Moors was named to the Canada West first all-star team.

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Moors’s national swimming championship medal was the second of her career, following a bronze medal in 2015 when she was the first University of Manitoba women’s swimmer to earn a medal since 2006. She also had two gold and two silver medals at the conference championships in her career.

Her accomplishments as a Bisons swimmer earned her a chance to compete for a spot on Canada’s Olympic swimming team at the Olympic swimming trials in Toronto April 5-10. Moors qualified 15th for the finals in the 50-metre freestyle and finished 17th overall in the finals with a time of 26.53 seconds. She was the third-oldest competitor in the event, competing against swimmers as many as 15 years younger than her. She was 45th in heats for the 100-metre freestyle.

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