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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

November 4, 2012, Burnaby, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s swimming teams showed several strong performances at their second meet of the season, the Clan Cup International hosted by Simon Fraser University.

Traditionally, the Vikes use the Clan Cup as an opportunity for the first year swimmers to enter as many events as possible and this season, rookie Rachael Newman (Victoria, BC) dove off the block a record-breaking 31 times.

The two best individual finishes for the Vikes men and women came from third-year Aimeson Sparks-King (Toronto, ON) and fourth-year Allison Wood (Victoria, BC). Wood placed first in the women’s 200-meter backstroke with a time of 02:21.57, beating out fellow Vike Eleanora Dalling (Vancouver, BC) by only a second. Sparks-King earned first-place honours in the men’s 1500-m freestyle with a time of 15:44.41.

Competing for the UVic women in the 100-metre backstroke, Wood placed second and also took third place in the 50-metre backstroke. Another standout from the women’s contingent was rookie Newman, with two second-place finishes in the 400-metre freestyle and the 800-metre freestyle. Newman also placed third in the 50-metre butterfly. Teammate Dalling came in second in the 50-metre backstroke and third in the 100-metre backstroke.

For the Vikes men, strong performances from third-year Craig Dagnall (Victoria, BC) yielded two third-place finishes in the 400-metre freestyle and the 200-metre butterfly. Also competing well for the UVic men was rookie Mark Grasdal (Calgary, AB), finishing third in the 100-metre butterfly.

“Like any meet there were some good swims and some bad swims,” said head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming programs, Peter Vizsolyi. “Overall I think that the teams showed that we still have some work to do but it was a good preparation meet.”

Next up for the men’s and women’s swimming teams is the Island Cup Nov. 11-13 at Victoria’s Commonwealth Pool.