Thunderbirds bring home Felstad fourth year running, Dinos win E.W. Griffiths

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

January 28, 2013, Victoria, B.C. – For the fourth-straight season, the UBC Thunderbirds have claimed the Felstad Memorial Trophy in the women’s competition at the 2013 Canada West Swimming Championships, while the University of Calgary Dinos took home the E.W. Griffiths Trophy in the men’s event. In total, 14 conference meet records were broken at Saanich Commonwealth Place, Jan. 25-27, at the University of Victoria-hosted championship.

The UBC women were followed by Calgary (silver) and Alberta (bronze), while the Calgary men were followed by UBC (silver) and Alberta (bronze).

“It’s always a battle with UBC and it came down to the last two events,” said Calgary head coach Mike Blondal after the men’s victory. “We worked hard and are still at work but really excited about the win.”

“I am pleased with how our teams battled, both the women and the men,” said Thunderbirds head coach Steve Price. “We have a young men’s team and was really impressed with Coleman Allen stepping up and Savannah King’s performance but still a lot of work before CIS nationals.”

The first finals of the day were the women’s 200-m butterfly with Lindsay Delmar of Calgary winning her first gold medal of the meet, posting a time of 2:12.75. Alberta swimmer Kendra Chernoff added a silver to her already impressive collection with a time of 2:13.20 and Calgary’s Abigail Sayer rounded out the podium in third at 2:16.50. In the men’s event Allen earned his fifth gold medal of the meet and broke a Canada West record with his time of 1:58.11. Coming in at second was Calgary’s Bogdan Knezevic, 1:59.71 and third was teammate Thomas Jobin, 2:01.08.

In the 100-m freestyle UBC Olympian Heather MacLean took top honours for the second time this weekend with a time of 54.98 while teammate Rebecca Terejko came in second at 55:86. Swimming to third place for Calgary was Amanda Reason, posting 56.42. On the men’s side, UBC’s Kelly Aspinall led the way with a time of 49.41, bringing his gold medal tally to two. David Woodman of Calgary came in second with 49.84 while rookie Thunderbird Luke Peddie took a bronze with his time of 50.02.

The women’s 200-m individual medley saw Olympian Erica Morningstar, racing for Calgary, earning a gold with her time of 2:12.33. Coming in second at 2:15.93 was Thunderbird Brittney Harley and in third was teammate Laura Thompson with 2:16.15. Earning his first gold, the men’s event was taken by Calgary’s Gleb Suvorov, posting 1:59.44. In at second was UBC swimmer Patrick Cowan, 2:02.91 and third was Calgary’s Jason Block, 2:03.16.

Thunderbird Erin Stamp led the 100-m backstroke on the women’s side as she hit the touch pad at 1:01.25 and placing second was teammate Grainne Pierse, 1:01.55. Rounding out the podium contingent was Samantha Bancescu of the University of Regina Cougars, third with a time of 1:04.55. Wood broke his second record of the meet with his 100-m backstroke time of 53.07. UBC’s Aspinall took silver, 54.48 and fellow Thunderbird Mitchell Benkic was in third with a time of 54.91.

In the women’s 200-m breaststroke UBC Olympian Tera Van Beilen came first with her time of 2:24.00. In second and third were Calgary’s Fiona Doyle, 2:24.64 and rookie Rissling, 2:25.93. On the men’s side Calgary’s Block swam a time of 2:14.15 to take gold while Jeffrey Nicol from the University of Lethbridge placed second at 2:15.09. In third was University of Manitoba swimmer Dillon Perron, 2:15.58.

The women’s 400-m was another record-breaking event as UBC’s superstar swimmer Savannah King took top honours with a time of 4:06.55, crushing the previous Canada West record of 4:08.5. In second place was teammate MacLean, 4:16.48 and third was Calgary’s Julianne Brown, 4:19.30. The hosting Vikes earned their first gold medal of the meet as sophomore swimmer Zac Parkes took the lead with a time of3:53.84. In second was UBC’s Kevin Nelson, 3:55.37 and in third was University of Alberta Golden Bear Robert MacKinnon, 3:55.44.

The UBC women took first place in the 400-m medley relay as Erin Stamp, Van Beilen, Pierse and MacLean raced a time of 4:03.19, good enough to break the previous Canada West record of 4:04.82. Coming in second and third were Calgary and Alberta with times of 4:03.44 and 4:18.43. In the men’s medley relay it was Calgary that took top prize as Wood, Block, Bogdan Knezevic and Woodman swam a time of 3:37.06, also breaking the current Canada West record. In second were the Thunderbirds, 3:37.31 and the Golden Bears, 3:46.56.

For a list of results visit:

RESULTS:  DAY 1  /  DAY 2  /  DAY 3 

Canada West Records Broken


Women’s 800-m freestyle, Savannah King (UBC)

Women’ 50-m breaststoke, Tianna Rissling (Calgary)

Men’s 50-m breaststroke, Jason Block (Calgary)

Women’s 800-m freestyle relay, UBC

Men’s 1500-m freestyle, Alec Page (Victoria)


Women’s 400-m individual medley, Tianna Rissling (Calgary)

Men’s 200-m backstroke, Russell Wood (Calgary)

Women’s 200-m freestyle, Savannah King (UBC)

Women’s 400-m freestyle relay, Calgary

Men’s 400-m freestyle relay, UBC

Men’s 100-m butterfly, Coleman Allen (UBC) 


Men’s 200-m butterfly, Coleman Allen (UBC)

Men’s 100-m backstroke, Russell Wood (Calgary)

Women’s 400-m freestyle, Savannah King (UBC)

Women’s 400-m medley relay, UBC

Men’s 400-m medley relay, Calgary