Monday, October 2, 2023

U of L swimmers have medals upgraded after doping violation

University of Lethbridge swimmers had their medals upgraded at the 2022 U SPORTS Swimming Championships after the discovery of a drug violation.

A total of 11 medals in four men’s swimming events were re-awarded. This included a Pronghorns men’s relay team and an individual event for a U of L athlete.

The Pronghorns competed in Quebec, where Apollo Hess, Parker Brown, Raine Arden and Chris Alexander were elevated from a silver medal to gold for the relay.

Alexander also moved up from fourth place to bronze in the 50m backstroke. This was his first individual national medal, according to the university.

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“While we were already proud of the preparation and performance of Chris and the relay team, the upgraded medals are a nice reward for them,” said Pronghorn athletic director Neil Langevin. “We applaud the sport governing bodies who took the bold step in the quest to keep the competition fair for the swimmers.”

The Pronghorns have gotten six medals at the U SPORTS Championships.

“I imagine that these upgraded medals will help our athletes as they begin their preparations for the upcoming season,” said Langevin.

This fall, the Pronghorn swim program will host the Canada West Championships.

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