By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications, with files from CIS
February 21, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Coming off of a successful Canada West Championship in Victoria, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s swim teams are hoping to make a splash at the 2013 CIS championships in Calgary, Feb. 21-24.
Led by 2012 Olympians Alec Page (Cortes Island, BC) and Richard Weinberger (Surrey, B.C.), on the men’s side, and Stephanie Horner (Beaconsfield, Que.), on the women’s side, the Vikes swim teams are sending an unprecedented 25-athlete squad to this year’s CIS championship meet.
On top of the opportunity to take home top varsity swimming honours, these athletes also have a chance at representing Canada on the international stage with this meet serving as Team Canada tryouts for the Universiade in Kazan, Russia from Jul. 6-17. All Canadian individual gold medallists from the championships will automatically earn a spot on the world university games’ squad provided they also participate in this spring’s World Trials held in Victoria Apr. 3-6.
Vikes to watch on the men’s side include local swimmer Zachary Parkes (Victoria, B.C.), gold medallist in the 400-m freestyle at the 2013 Canada West Swim Championships, as well as fourth-year Ian Mattock (Sidney BC), who also took home hardware at the conference championships, earning second place in the 500-m individual medley.
Olympians Weinberger and Page will undoubtedly put on impact performances with Page recently picking up a gold in the 1500-m freestyle and a silver in the 50-m butterfly 800-m freestyle relay at the recent Canada West championship.
On the women’s side, third-year Horner will look to lead the charge in several freestyle events as well the 100-m and 200-m butterfly. Teammate Allison Wood (Victoria, BC), one of the Vikes’ backstroke specialists, recently took second place on the Canada West championship podium in the 200-m backstroke and will be looking to further impress at this year’s CIS meet.
The UVic Vikes will be competing from Feb. 21-24 at the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre with preliminaries starting at 9:00 a.m. and finals at 5:00 p.m. PST. All morning and evening sessions will be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv. Live results are also available on the championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/swim/index.