Athletes of the Week: Record-setting UBC swimmers King, Allen


January 29, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – Canada West swimming MVPs Savannah King & Coleman Allen, both from the UBC Thunderbirds, are Canada West Athletes of the Week.

FEMALE: Savannah King, UBC (swimming)

For the second straight year, Savannah King won the Female Swimmer of the Meet award at the Canada West swimming championships in Victoria.

King took home five gold medals, winning the200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke races, and joining up with three other T-Birds to capture the top spot in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

She set or was a part of four Canada West records (200m free, 400m free, 800m free, and 4x200m relay) and helped her UBC Thunderbirds to their fourth consecutive conference banner.

The two-time Olympian will now help her UBC team prepare for the upcoming CIS championships, taking place Feb. 21-23, in Calgary.

MALE: Coleman Allen, UBC (swimming)

Coleman Allen had a spectacular debut at his first Canada West swimming championships, taking home the conference’s male Swimmer of the Year honours after leading the UBC Thunderbirds to a second-place finish.

Allen, out of Spokane, WA, earned top honours in the 50-m, 100-m and 200-m butterfly, 200-m freestyle, 400-m freestyle relay and 400-m medley relay.

With six gold medals, Allen helped the Thunderbirds break two conference records in relay events and he broke the Canada West record in the 200-m butterfly with a time of 1:58.11.

Allen will lead the way for UBC when the T-Birds defend their CIS title Feb. 21-23 in Calgary.