By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
February 22, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes swimming teams capped off day one of the CIS swimming championship, hosted at the University of Calgary, with a bronze medal and several top-10 finishes.
Rookie Keegan Zanatta (Victoria, BC) was the lone Vike to gain podium honours as the Claremont Secondary grad swam the men’s 200-m in 1:47.52 for a bronze medal.
Following day one, the Vikes men are in sixth place with 73 points, while the women are in 12th with 35 points. The reigning UBC Thunderbirds topped the charts in both the men’s and women’s team rankings, finishing with 176 and 232 points, respectively.
The Vikes men were hit with a sudden illness bug that kept Olympian and Canada West 1500-m gold medallist Alec Page (Cortes Island, BC) out of the pool for the finals, while Ian Mattock (Sidney BC) was not 100 per cent all day.
“I thought we swam really, really well today all considering,” said Vikes swimming head coach, Peter Vizsolyi, who has 25 CIS-qualified Vikes at the championship this year. “It was unfortunate that both Alec and Ian were sick all morning, as those two were potential podium contenders.”
In the 400-m IM, Mattock raced the preliminaries under the weather and finished 19th (4:36.25), while Page was third in the preliminaries and forced to be scratched from the finals.
“We did have a great race from Richard Bourgeois (Nanaimo, BC) today, since he has never made the CIS championship before and today he improved by four seconds in the 400-m breast stroke,” said Vizsolyi about the first-year Vike that transferred from UBC.
For the women, Olympian Stephanie Horner (Beaconsfield, Que.) finished seventh in her individual races of the day. Horner raced the 100-m fly in a time of 1:02.40 and the 400-m IM in 4:53.02. Rookie Rachael Newman (Victoria, BC) finished the 100-m fly in 16th (1:04.13), while the 400-m relay team of Sydney Carr (Victoria, BC), Allison Wood(Victoria, BC) Newman and Horner placed 12th in a time of 3:54.03.
The Vikes will be back in the water tomorrow, Feb. 22, with preliminaries starting at 9:00 a.m. PST and finals at 5:00 p.m. PST. All events are streamed live at http://cis-sic.tv
Men’s Swimming – Day One: 6th with 73 points
200-m: Keegan Zanatta (3rd, 1:47.52)
200-m: Nicholas Sinclair (7th, 1:50.30)
100-m Breaststroke: Richard Bourgeois (14th, 1:03.37)
100-m Fly: Andre Kudaba (15th, 55.76)
400-m IM: Will Brothers (4th, 4:21.53)
400-m IM: Eric Hedlin (6th, 4:24.51)
400-m Free Relay: Keegan Zanatta, Nicholas Sinclair, Andre Kudaba, Zac Parkes (11th, 3:25.93)
Women’s Swimming – Day One: 12th with 35 points
100-m Fly: Stephanie Horner (7th, 1:02.40)
100-m Fly: Rachael Newman (16th, 1:04.13)
400-m IM: Stephanie Horner (7th, 4:53.02)
400-m Free Relay: Sydney Carr, Rachael Newman, Allison Wood, Stephanie Horner (12th, 3:54.03)
DAY 1 TEAM STANDINGS
1. UBC, 232 points
2. Calgary, 184
3. Western, 83
4. Toronto, 74
5. Montreal, 69
6. Dalhousie, 66.5
7. Laval, 64
8. Alberta, 51
9. Guelph, 48
9. UQTR, 48