UBC Thunderbirds

MONTREAL (ISN) – The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds hold solid leads in both the women’s and men’s team standings after Day 1 of the 2012 CIS swimming championships, while University of Alberta standout Erin Miller had the best individual performance of Thursday night’s finals with a meet record in the women’s 100-metre butterfly.

Championship website (live webcast & results): http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/swim/index

Miller touched the wall in 59.12 seconds to eclipse the previous championship mark of 59.31 set in 2008 by former UVic star MacKenzie Downing.

The victory was long overdue for the fifth-year senior from Vernon, B.C., who had claimed four medals in the event at the university Nationals while swimming for UBC but had never tasted gold, settling for silver in 2006, 2008 and 2010, and bronze in 2007.

“I finally got this gold medal,” said an elated Miller. “I had reached the podium four times in this event. And to break the CIS record on top of it, it’s a great way to kick of the competition.

“I love this pool. The atmosphere is phenomenal. I’m really happy! »

The Thunderbird men’s relay also entered the record book at University of Montreal’s CEPSUM Pool thanks to a time of 3:15.30 in the 4×100 freestyle. The foursome comprised of Kelly Aspinall of Nanoose Bay, B.C., Tommy Gossland of Nanaimo, B.C., Rory Biskupski of West Vancouver, B.C., and Duncan Furrer of Lausanne, Switzerland, erased the old meet mark of 3:15.42 established in 2009, also by UBC.

Gossland and Biskupski, both fifth-year seniors, were part of that 2009 relay.

The three-day CIS meet resumes Friday morning with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.