Gabor signs with Stanford University

With close to two-dozen BC/Yukon records and a handful of national ones as a Glacier Bear, Alexandra Gabor's days with the Whitehorse swim club are numbered.

With close to two-dozen BC/Yukon records and a handful of national ones as a Glacier Bear, Alexandra Gabor’s days with the Whitehorse swim club are numbered.

The 17-year-old announced this week she has signed a letter of intent to attend and swim for California’s Stanford University on a full scholarship next fall.

“I’m really excited,” said Gabor. “There were four schools I was looking at that I was interested in and went to visit. I got a feel for all of them, how good the academic program and how good the athletic program is.

“Stanford got second in NCAA last year, which is pretty good in my books.”

Though she will soon be hanging up the Glacier Bears swim cap, there is little doubt her name will continue to blanket the club’s record books for years to come.

Adding one more last month at the Ryan Downing Memorial Swim Meet here in Whitehorse, to date Gabor has set 72 club records (42 short course and 30 long). In addition, Gabor currently holds 21 BC records and five Canadian freestyle records in the 1,500-metre (girls 10-and-under), the 200-, 400- and 1,500-metre (girls 11/12) and the 200-metre (girls 15/17).

With such a list of accomplishments, there’s no surprise she is more excited than intimidated, making the jump from community club to a top NCAA school.

“I think it’s a change that I need, just to be in that team environment,” said Gabor. “I hear it’s crazy from people I know that are in it. I’m looking forward to it.

“Seeing how I would click with the team, I felt like I would really fit in.”

Gabor first caught the attention of Stanford head women’s swimming coach Lea Maurer more than a year ago at a meet in Victoria, but it wasn’t just her talents in the pool that won her over, it was her attitude out of the water as well.

“On the recruiting trip the team just fell in love with her personality and we felt like she was going to be a great asset to the university as well as our team,” said Maurer. “We’re hoping she’ll be a big role-player in the NCAA and basically we’re hoping to get her a berth on the Canadian Olympic team in 2012.”

A highly sought after school by high school graduates from throughout the US, Stanford’s woman’s swim team currently only has one Canadian on board, Rebecca Hinds from Toronto.

“The admissions standards for Stanford is one of the more difficult ones,” said Maurer. “I think only four per cent of people who apply get in.”

The future Stanford Cardinal has a long list of accomplishments besides cracking records – even from just the past couple seasons.

Last year Gabor became the first Yukoner to win a gold medal at the Canada Summer Games in PEI, winning two golds and two bronzes in total.

Before that, she competed at her first World Aquatic Championships in Rome. Not only did she become the first Glacier Bear to compete at that level, Gabor helped the national team reach eighth in the 4×200-metre freestyle. She also finished 20th in the 200-metre freestyle, leaving BC records in her wake.

Gabor will be back racing on the world stage at the World Aquatic Championships next month in Dubai, UAE, as a member of the Canadian team.

First she will be competing this weekend in Toronto at the same Canada Cup event in which she won gold at a year ago in the 200-metre freestyle, making her a national champion.

“I’m not going to be rested for Toronto, I’m just going to race,” said Gabor. “I haven’t fully tapered for this meet, I’m saving that for Dubai.”

Gabor is not the first Glacier Bear to move to a NCAA school on a full scholarship. This fall Bronwyn Pasloski made the jump to university-level competition, swimming for the University of Indiana.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

A motorcycle with driver pulled over on the right side of the North Klondike Highway whose speed was locked in at 171 kilometres per hour. (Courtesy/Yukon RCMP)
Patrols of Yukon highways find poorly-secured loads, intoxicated drivers

The ongoing patrols which police call ‘Operation Cooridor’ is mainly focused on commercial vehicles.

Awaken Festival organizers Meredith Pritchard, Colin Wolf, Martin Nishikawa inside the Old Firehall in Whitehorse on May 11. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Performing arts fest plans to awaken artistic talent in Whitehorse and the rural North

‘A value of ours is to make theatre as accessible as possible.’

April Mikkelsen tosses a disc during a ladies only disc golf tournament at Solstice DiscGolfPark on May 8. John Tonin/Yukon News
Yukon sees its first-ever women’s disc golf tournament

The Professional Disc Golf Assocation had a global women’s event last weekend. In the Yukon, a women’s only tournament was held for the first time ever.

Dave Blottner, executive director at the Whitehorse Food Bank, said the food bank upped its services because of the pandemic. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Food Bank sees Yukoners’ generosity firsthand

“Businesses didn’t know if they could stay open but they were calling us to make sure we were able to stay open.”

Air North president Joe Sparling said the relaxing of self-isolation rules will be good for the business, but he still expects a slow summer. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News)
Air North president expects a slow summer

Air North president Joe Sparling suspects it will be a long time before things return to pre-pandemic times

A prescribed burn is seen from the lookout at Range Road and Whistle Bend Way in Whitehorse May 12. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Editorial: Are you ready for a forest fire?

Citizens for a Firesmart Whitehorse have listed some steps for Yukoners to boost safety and awareness

Caribou pass through the Dempster Highway area in their annual migration. A recent decision by the privacy commissioner has recommended the release of some caribou collar re-location data. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News)
Privacy commissioner recommends release of caribou location data

Department of Environment says consultation with its partners needed before it will consider release

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Family pleased youth will be able to get Pfizer vaccine

Angela Drainville, mother of two, is anxious for a rollout plan to come forward

Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Federal government provides $1.6 million for Yukon anti-homelessness work

Projects including five mobile homes for small communities received funding.

Drilling at Northern Tiger’s 3Ace gold project in 2011. Randi Newton argues that mining in the territory can be reshaped. (Yukon government/file)
Editorial: There’s momentum for mining reform

CPAWS’ Randi Newton argues that the territory’s mining legislations need a substantial overhaul

At its May 10 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the subdivision for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s business park planned in Marwell. (Submitted)
KDFN business park subdivision approved

Will mean more commercial industrial land available in Whitehorse

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. Whitehorse city council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw to allow pop-up patios in city parking spaces. Third reading will come forward later in May. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Whitehorse council pursuing restaurant patio possibilities

Council passes first two readings for new patio bylaw

Most Read