Swimmers continue to build foundation through annual Swim with the Vikes program

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By Vikes Communications

November 7, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and womens swim teams held the fifth annual Swim with the Vikes, Oct. 11, at Sannich Commonwealth Place. Nearly 40 young swimmers aged 6-12, gathered to experience all aspects of proper swimming technique from members of the UVic varsity team.

“It started out as a way to build relationships with the younger swimmers and get them excited about their own swimming future as well as working on some fundamental racing skills,” said fifth-year Vike Ian Mattock. “The event has always been a lot of fun, which at the age they are at is really all that matters. To get out into the community and give back to the people who look up to us as positive role models as well as those who are in the stands cheering us on means the world to this team.”

In addition to Mattock, participants at the event got instruction from current Vike and Canadian national team member Aimeson King, who represented Canada this past summer at the 2013 FISU games. Top-recruit Jon Mckay who is coming off a gold medal performance at this past summer’s Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que. was also on hand to share his knowledge in the pool.

While Swim with the Vikes creates a foundation for long-term success in the pool, Mattock is looking towards the current roster of Vikes to push the swimming program forward, believing last year’s fourth-place finish at the CIS championships will pay dividends as his team looks to earn UVIC their first swimming championship.

“We keep getting better in the pool,” said Mattock, “We are working every day to reach our goal and finally get a banner for the school, which would be huge for the program.”

The Vikes will compete in the Canada West swimming championships, Jan. 24-26 in Calgary, Alta. before heading to the CIS championships, Feb. 20-22 in Toronto, Ont.