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 By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

December 4, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes swim teams will return to the pool for their final competition of the 2013 calendar year at the eleventh annual PCS Christmas Cracker Invitational SC Swim meet, December 6-8, at Saanich Commonwealth Place.


The three-pool meet will features swimmers from ages 10 and under, up to the varsity level. Hosted by the UVic-Pacific Coast Swimming association every year, the event provides the nearly 800 participants a chance to compete in 19 different events at a high level before the Christmas break.

“It comes at a good time of year for us, we can actually reduce the swimming workload leading up to the meet,” said Vikes swimming head coach Peter Vizolyi. “It’s also a good time for our swimmers to evaluate their fall training, this is a really good opportunity for them because its a great facility and it lets them know what they need to do in their next training block and over Christmas.”

For a number of the Vikes, the swim meet will determine whether they can reach the qualifying standard needed to compete at next year’s 2014 CIS Championships in Toronto, Ont, February 20-22. Leading up to the meet, the Vikes training intensity is tapered with the intention being to receive top performances from the athletes during competition. Every event will feature preliminary and final races, with the exception of 50-metre backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke events.

The PCS Christmas Cracker Invitational begins Friday, December 6 and will run through the weekend, finishing on Sunday, December 8. Webcasts will be available through Pacific Coast Swimming’s UStream channel, live results and links to the webcast will also be posted at www.pacificcoastswimming.com