Athletes of the Week: UBC swimmers Kelly Aspinall, Savannah King


February 26, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – After winning honours as Athlete of Meet at the CIS championships, UBC swimmers Kelly Aspinall and Savannah King have been selected Canada West Athletes of the Week.

Two record-breaking performances highlighted the CIS swimming championships in Calgary for UBC Thunderbird Kelly Aspinall over the weekend.

Aspinall, a fifth-year Arts student, set CIS records en route to wins in the 50-metre and 100-metre backstroke races.

In all, he won five gold medals and one silver. Aspinall won his third individual gold in the 50 m freestyle. In the relays, the Nanoose Bay, B.C. native helped UBC claim first-place finishes in the 4x100m medley and 4×100 freestyle events. Aspinall also claimed silver in the 100 m freestyle.

His outstanding meet helped UBC’s men’s team place second at the national championships.

FEMALE: Savannah King, UBC (swimming)

Two-time Olympian Savannah King was named the CIS female Swimmer of the Year after helping her team, the UBC Thunderbirds, win the national championship for a second consecutive year.

The Vernon, B.C. native swept the distance freestyle events with gold medals at both 400 and 800 metres.

She won a third gold as part of the UBC team that won the 4x200m freestyle relay. King added a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle event.

UBC finished atop the team standings with 691.5 points. It is the school’s 18th CIS women’s swimming title.

Next Athletes of the Week: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

David Bandla, Communications

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