The No. 1-ranked Dinos men’s and women’s swimming teams took home both Canada West team championships Sunday after excellent showings at the conference meet at the Kinsmen Sports Centre.

The Dinos men blew the competition out of the water, successfully defending their conference title with 945 points – more than 350 ahead of the second place UBC Thunderbirds (588).

The conference championship is the record 17th in school history.

On the women’s side, the Dinos captured their first Canada West championship since 2003 with a 37-point margin over UBC, scoring 739 points without the services of veteran Katy Murdoch, who was ill and did not compete this weekend.

“We swam really really well this weekend,” said Dinos coach Mike Blondal. “It’s hard to single out one thing or one person, because to do what we did today we really had to work as a team. We didn’t really know until today that we had a chance for the women’s title, but they had a great morning and qualified a lot of girls for the finals. Usually, we look for 60-70 per cent of the athletes to get through to the second swim; today, we were as high as 97 per cent in some cases. The girls really earned the win.

“Our men’s team was really b, and it was a classy win for us,” Blondal went on. “The leaders on our team were able to plan out our tactics, and we never let up, even when we were ahead by so much. Right down to the last relay they swam really gutsy.”

The team wins were highlighted by some outstanding individual efforts for Calgary. For the women, Hanna Kubas returns home with five gold and one silver medal, while Kevyn Peterson won five gold and two silver medals. Peterson set a conference record in the 200-metre freestyle event, stopping the clock in 2:00.30. The Dinos 4×100-metre medley relay team also set a Canada West record with a time of 4:08.91. Calgary also captured gold in the 4×100-metre freestyle relay while finishing a close second to UBC in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay.

Kubas and Peterson were rewarded for their efforts with Canada West all-star selections. Kubas was the female all-star in backstroke, while Peterson took the nod in the sprint freestyle discipline.

Calgary’s Colin Miazga was named the men’s rookie of the year after winning a relay gold medal and two individual silver. “It feels really good to win,” Miazga said. “We worked really hard to get here and this is only the first step towards winning the CIS championship later this year in UBC.”

Team leader Chad Hankewich captured three individual gold and one bronze, adding three more relay gold medals as the Dinos men swept the three relay events. Hankewich was the conference all-star in the sprint freestyle as Calgary swept those male and female honours. Chris Tobin won gold in the 50- and 100-metre and bronze in the 200, earning the all-star nod for breaststroke.

Callum Ng of the 10 time defending CIS champions, UBC Thunderbirds, walked away the Male Canada West Swimmer of the Meet award, while team-mate and Edmontonian Annamay Pierse was honoured with the Female award. Martha McCabe, also of UBC, took home the female rookie of the year award.

Ng, who added to his impressive weekend by breaking three Canada West records and snagging gold in the 200-metre fly and the 100-metre backstroke and a silver in the 4×100-metre medley relay, was happy with the weekend in Edmonton but admits that his sights are now on the upcoming CIS championship hosted by UBC.

Besides the three records that Ng broke (50-metre backstroke, 100-metre fly and 100-metre backstroke) another six Conference standards also fell, bringing the weekend total to nine. Pierse wrote her name down in the record book three times, claiming the 50-metre breast-stroke, the 100-metre breast-stroke and the 200-metre breast-stroke. MacKenzie Downing of Victoria, who picked up a gold today in the 200-metre butterfly, broke the 100-metre fly record, while Kevyn Petersen of Calgary, has her name down as the standard to beat in the women’s 200-metre freestyle. Petersen, along with Hanna Kubas, Elizabeth Hendrick and Taylor Petersen all combined to set the 4×100-metre medley relay record this afternoon.

The top-ranked Dinos now set their sights on the CIS Championships, hosted at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver Feb. 21-23, as they look to dethrone the 10-time defending CIS champion Thunderbirds in their home pool.

2008 CW Swimming Championships
Team standings – MEN
1 CALGARY (945)
2 UBC (588)
3 Alberta (509)
4 U Victoria (187)
5 Manitoba Bisons (185)
6 Lethbridge (119)
7 Regina Cougars (14)

Team standings – WOMEN
1 CALGARY (739)
2 UBC (702)
3 Alberta (414)
4 Victoria (398)
5 Lethbridge (150)
6 Manitoba Bisons (137)
7 Regina Cougars (39)

F: Downing, MacKenzie UVIC
M: Biskupski, Rory UBC

F: Kubas, Hanna CALGARY
M: Ng, Callum UBCT

F: Pierse, Annamay
M: Tobin, Christopher CALGARY

F: Pierse, Hanna UBC
M: Hartney, Jordan UBC

50-100-200 Free:
F: Peterson, Kevyn CALGARY
M: Hankewich, Chad CALGARY

400-800-1500 Free:
F: Ivanitz, Tara UBC
M: Lavoie, Malcolm UBC

Dinos medalists
*CW Record

Women – 22 medals, CW CHAMPIONS
Gold (10)
Hanna Kubas, 50m back (28.40)
Hanna Kubas, 50m free (26.32)
Jessika Craig, 200m back (2:14.44)
Kevyn Peterson, 200m free (2:00.30)*
4x100m free relay (K. Peterson, Hendricks, Kubas, Robson), 3:48.77
Kevyn Peterson, 100m free (56.86)
Elizabeth Hendrick, 200m IM (2:17.26)
Hanna Kubas, 100m back (1:00.87)
Kevyn Peterson, 400m free (4:15.18)
4x100m medley relay (Kubas, T. Peterson, Hendrick, K. Peterson), 4:08.91*

Silver (7)
Kevyn Peterson, 800m free (8:49.26)
Elizabeth Hendrick, 50m fly, 28.28
Elizabeth Hendrick, 50m breast (32.44)
4×200 free relay (Hendricks, K. Peterson, Robson, Wolstenholme), 8:21.35
Hanna Kubas, 200m back (2:16.04)
Breanna Hendricks, 200m free (2:02.62)
Breanna Hendricks, 100m free (57:10)

Bronze (5)
Breanna Hendricks, 800m free (9:04.20)
Elizabeth Hendrick, 100m fly (1:02.60)
Taylor Peterson, 100m breast (1:10.23)
Jessika Craig, 100m back (1:03.98)
Breanna Hendricks, 400m free (4:21.25)

Men – 27 medals, CW CHAMPIONS
Gold (8)
Chad Hankewich, 50m fly (25.25)
Chris Tobin, 50 breast (28.95)
4×200 free relay (Hankewich, Gillespie, Miazga, Kubik), 7:23.58
Chris Tobin, 100 breast (1:02.18)
Chad Hankewich, 200m free (1:49.96)
4x100m free relay (Aspinall, Gillespie, Gow, Hankewich), 3:36.15
Chad Hankewich, 100m free (50.27)
4x100m medley relay (Langlois, Tobin, Hankewich, Aspinall), 3:43.85

Silver (10)
Dan Langlois, 50m back (25.52)
Kevin Gillespie, 50m free (23.34)
Michael Driedger, 400m IM (4:31.08)
Chad Hankewich, 100m fly (55.13)
Dan Langlois, 200m back (2:02.58)
Colin Miazga, 200m free (1:52.16)
Colin Miazga, 200m IM (2:06.42)
Kelly Aspinall, 100m free (51.19)
Dan Langlois, 100m back (56.01)
Sam Acton, 200m breast (2:19.95)

Bronze (9)
Steve Medaglia, 50m fly (25.86)
Kelly Aspinall, 50m back (26.82)
Chad Hankewich, 50m free (23.42)
Thane Kubik, 200m free (1:52.33)
Steve Medaglia, 200m fly (2:05.85)
Kevin Gillespie, 100m free (51.74)
Kelly Aspinall, 100m back (57.68)
Chris Tobin, 200m breast (2:20.33)
Thane Kubik, 400m free (4:02.46)