UBC Thunderbirds

Swimming MVPs King, Gossland honoured

OTTAWA (ISN) – Swimmers Savannah King and Tommy Gossland, both of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 26, 2012.

King, a second-year arts student from Vancouver, was named CIS female swimmer of the year following the national championships in Montreal after she tallied five medals, broke a nine-year-old Canadian record, shattered a pair of championship marks that had stood for 10 years, and guided the Thunderbird women to the team title thanks to a record tally of 811.5 points. The 2008 Olympian set a new Canadian and CIS meet standard of 4:02.76 in the 400-metre freestyle, touched the wall in a championship-best time of 8:25.68 in the 800 free, and added silver in the 4×200 free relay and bronze in the 200 free and 200 back. King, who finished 19th in the 400 free at the 2008 Beijing Games, is now preparing for the Canadian Olympic trials set for March 27 to April 1st in Montreal.

Anissa Owen, a track and field star from Saint Mary’s, and swimmers Geneviève Cantin of Laval and Vanessa Treasure of Toronto were also nominated for the women’s award.

Gossland, a kinesiology student from Nanaimo, B.C., earned male-MVP honours following the CIS championships after he captured six medals, including five gold, helped set a meet record in the 4×100 relay (3:15.30) and led the UBC men to the team banner thanks to a narrow 11-point victory over Toronto. The fifth-year senior was awarded the Sprinter’s Cup for winning both the 50 and 100 free, added victories in the 200 free and the 4×100 and 4×200 free relays, and was part of the foursome that took second place in the 4×100 medley. Gossland will be in Montreal late next month for the Olympic trials.

Dalhousie pentathlete Robert McCulloch, Montreal swimmer Frédéric Le Blanc and Queen’s volleyball player Joren Zeeman were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:

AUS: Anissa Owen, track & field, Saint Mary’s

RSEQ: Geneviève Cantin, swimming, Laval

OUA: Vanessa Treasure, swimming, Toronto

CWUAA: Savannah King, swimming, UBC (recipient)

Male nominees:

AUS: Robert McCulloch, track & field, Dalhousie

RSEQ: Frédéric Le Blanc, swimming, Montreal

OUA: Joren Zeeman, volleyball, Queen’s

CWUAA: Tommy Gossland, swimming, UBC (recipient)

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