Canada West Championship set for Jan. 27-29 in Edmonton

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Andy Watson

The 2011-12 Canada West swimming championships take place Friday, Jan. 27 until Sunday, Jan. 2110, hosted by the University of Alberta at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton.

Live results will be avaiable on the internet, with a link being posted at www.govikesgo.com as soon as it is available. (FULL CANADA WEST PREVIEWS)

The Vikes men, currently ranked No. 8 in the CIS, will compete for the E.W. Griffiths team title trophy, while women’s teams are battling for the Felstad Memorial trophy. A Swimmer of the Meet and Rookie of the Meet from both the men’s and women’s competition will be announced on Sunday evening.

Individual winners and members of winning relay teams are considered First Team Canada West All-Stars. Medalists and all swimmers who meet the CIS time standards will qualify for the CIS championships in Montreal, Feb. 23-25: CIS championships website

SCHEDULE

Friday, Jan. 27 Finals: 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28 Preliminaries: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon; Finals at 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 30 Preliminaries: 110:00-11:00 a.m.; Finals at 2:00-4:00 p.m.

(FULL DETAILED SCHEDULE WITH EVENTS)

A number of top Vikes from 2010-11 are focussing on training for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, including Ryan Cochrane, a 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic medallist and the CIS male swimmer and rookie of the year, who joined the Vikes after the Canada West championship in 2011. Other UVic swimmers in this boat include Hilary Caldwell of London, Ont., Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., Nicholas Sinclair of Victoria and Richard Weinberger of Surrey, B.C., Weinberger has had a major surge in international recognition since his win at a test-race at the Hyde Park Serpentine in London, England, last summer.

UVic’s men are nationally ranked at No. 8 as of Jan. 17. This year’s top Vikes males are expected to freshman Zachary Parkes of Victoria – a Junior Pan-Pacific open water swimmer who also competed at two recent World Cup events – and junior Ian Mattock of Sidney, B.C., a graduate of Parklands Secondary School.

“The Canada West championship is a tough meet since there is a big range of what people want out of it, so you never know what to expect,” Mattock said. “Some people just treat it as training, while others fully taper down and try for personal bests and beating the CIS time standard. For us, we’re mainly focused on getting the remaining members of our team to qualify for the CIS championships next month, and also go for seasonal bests.”

On the women’s side, Eleanora Dalling (Ella), Julia Schmidt, Elizabeth Sissons and Allison Wood all return to the fold.

UVic Vikes

Men

CIS ranking (Jan. 17): Men 8th

2010-11 CW placing: 4th

2010-11 CIS Placing: 5th

Last CW Title: none

Last CIS Title: none

Women

CIS ranking (Jan. 17): Women NR

2010-11 CW placing: 3rd

2010-11 CIS Placing: 4th

Last CW Title: 11107110-80

Last CIS Title: none

Key returnees: Ian Mattock, Ella Dalling

Key additions: Zach Parkes

Key departures: Ryan Cochrane, Richard Weinberger, Nicholas Sinclair, Hilary Caldwell and Stephanie Horner (all taking university season off to train for Olympics); Kim Bryan of Williams Lake, B.C., a 2010-11 CIS relay medallist, has graduated

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