Chilliwack’s Carson Olafson cuts through the water for his UBC Thunderbird swim team. Olafson won top rookie recognition at last weekend’s Canada West Swim Championships.

Chilliwack’s Carson Olafson cuts through the water for his UBC Thunderbird swim team. Olafson won top rookie recognition at last weekend’s Canada West Swim Championships.

UBC’s Olafson finest freshman

Chilliwack Spartan Swim Club grad Carson Olafson was the top newcomer at the Canada West Championships and will travel to Quebec in 2016.

Chilliwack’s Carson Olafson was named Rookie of the Meet at last weekend’s Canada West Swim Championships, held at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver.

Swimming for the University of British Columbia, Olafson earned a second place finish in the men’s 100 metre freestyle, finishing a fraction of a second behind UBC teammate Keegan Zanatta.

Zanatta clocked 50.31 seconds with Olafson at 50.53. University of Calgary athlete Alex Shogolev was third at 50.67.

As a group, Olafson and the UBC men finished first overall with 800 team-points.

Olafson’s result has qualified him for the CIS championship meet, which runs Feb. 25-27 at Laval University in Quebec City.

Olafson is a graduate of Chilliwack’s Spartan Swim Club.