Michel Belanger

OTTAWA (CIS) – Savannah King, a swimmer from the University of British Columbia, and Colby Pridham, a hockey player from Saint Mary’s University, are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Jan. 29, 2012.

King, a second-year student from Vancouver, was named female athlete of the meet at the Canada West championships held in Edmonton after she claimed five medals in as many races, including three first-place finishes, while helping the Thunderbird women win the team title. The 19-year-old sophomore captured individual gold in the 400 and 800-metre freestyle events, helped the UBC relay set a championship record in the 4×200 free (8:01.50), and added individual silver in the 200 free and bronze in the 200 backstroke. A 2008 Olympian and the 2011 CIS rookie of the year, King now prepares for the CIS championships set for Feb. 23-25 at the University of Montreal.

Stephanie Toxopeus, a basketball player from Cape Breton, and hockey players Mélodie Daoust of McGill and Jill Morillo of UOIT were also nominated for the women’s award.

Pridham, a fourth-year arts student from Alberton, P.E.I., had a hand in seven of his team’s eight goals last weekend as the nationally eighth-ranked Huskies (15-7-2) climbed into a tie for second place in the AUS standings thanks to a 3-2 overtime win against St. Thomas and a 5-0 upset victory over No. 4 Moncton. On Friday night, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward tied the game with less than six minutes left in regulation and added an assist as Saint Mary’s erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to edge STU. The following night, he set a career-high with five points, including a hat-trick, to help the Huskies catch the Aigles Bleus in the standings. Pridham, who played for the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL, currently ranks seventh in Atlantic conference scoring with 12-15-27 in 24 contests.

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, a track and field athlete from Laval, and basketball players Ben Johnson of Lakehead and Boris Bakovic of Calgary were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:

AUS: Stephanie Toxopeus, basketball, Cape Breton

RSEQ: Mélodie Daoust, hockey, McGill

OUA: Jill Morillo, hockey, UOIT

CWUAA: Savannah King, swimming, UBC (recipient)

Male nominees:

AUS: Colby Pridham, hockey, Saint Mary’s (recipient)

RSEQ: Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, track and field, Laval

OUA: Ben Johnson, basketball, Lakehead

CWUAA: Boris Bakovic, basketball, Calgary