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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s swim teams will be travelling to Burnaby this weekend to compete in the 2012 SFU Clan Cup hosted by Simon Fraser University and Pacific Coast Swimming. In last year’s event the Vikes finished second with 294.5 points, 48.5 back from first-place hosts SFU.

Over half of the members of the 2012-13 men’s and women’s swim teams are in their first year, making for a large rookie contingent heading into this year’s Clan Cup. At last year’s event, several members of the Vikes men’s team came away with first place finishes and with veteran swimmers Ian Mattock (Sidney BC) and Nicholas Sinclair(Victoria, B.C.) in attendance these results will look to be repeated. On the women’s side, fifth-year Eleanora Dalling (Vancouver, BC) and fourth-year Allison Wood (Victoria, BC) will look to best their bronze medal wins in last year’s event while up-and-comer rookie Rachael Newman (Victoria, BC) will get a crack at competing in Vikes colours. Traditionally, the Clan Cup has served as a good training ground for the men’s and women’s teams as they prepare for some of their bigger meets held in the new year.

“This is an early season meet and this is really just an opportunity to race and see where we are,” said head coach of the Vikes men’s and women’s swimming programs, Peter Vizsolyi. “We’re really just going out there to try and have a good race experience, give the rookies an opportunity to compete.”

The Vikes men’s and women’s swim teams will travel to Burnaby, B.C. this weekend to compete in Simon Fraser University’s Clan Cup International, Nov. 3-4.