Athletes of the Week: Savannah King, Boris Bakovic

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David Bandla – Canada West

FEMALE: Savannah King, UBC (swimming)

UBC Thunderbirds swimmer Savannah King was named the female athlete of the meet at the Canada West swimming championships in Edmonton on the weekend.

The Vancouver native won three gold medals to help CIS #6-ranked UBC defend its conference title as the T-Birds finished ahead of top-ranked Calgary and #5 Alberta.

King was part of the UBC team that won the 800m freestyle relay in a conference record-setting fashion.

Individually, King took first in the 800m freestyle and the 400m freestyle. She won silver in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 200m backstroke for a total of five medals.

The Second-year star will now prepare for the CIS championships in Montreal, February 23-25.

MALE: #13 Boris Bakovic, Calgary (basketball)

Last weekend was a record-breaking one for University of Calgary men’s basketball forward Boris Bakovic.

With a step-back three-ball early in the fourth quarter Friday night in a 67-66 win over the Alberta Golden Bears, Bakovic passed Saskatchewan’s Andrew Spagrud’s career scoring mark of 2,182 points – the most ever in the combined histories of AUS, OUA, and Canada West. He finished the weekend with 32 points and now sits at 2,199 for his career.

More importantly for his team, Bakovic was a major factor in Calgary’s huge two-game sweep of the Golden Bears. His record-breaking three came during an 18-0 run Friday night that turned a 13-point deficit into a five-point lead, and he made two significant consecutive shot blocks in the final minute to preserve the tight one-point lead for the Dinos. He finished the night with 24 points, adding a game-high 11 rebounds as the Dinos eked out the one-point win.

A night later, he was again a key rebounder with seven as Calgary completed the sweep with a 79-64 win. The sweep may have saved the Dinos’ season, as they head to Winnipeg this week to face the Manitoba Bisons – the team they trail by just two games in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot.

Next Weekly Awards: February 7, 2012

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