Vikes post strong results following final meet of calendar year

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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

December 9, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes swim team’s wrapped up their annual Christmas Cracker meet, Dec. 8 at Saanich Commonwealth Place. The three-day event saw several Vikes qualifying for the 2014 CIS Championships at the meet, which featured nearly 800 swimmers.

RESULTS   /  MEET PACKAGE  /  SCHEDULE

Highlights of the weekend included Vikes alumna Mackenzie Downing’s induction into the university’s Platinum Circle of Excellence Saturday, which honours UVic swimmers who have represented Canada at either the Olympics or World Championships, as well as Vike Tyler Smith’s final race Friday that saw him posting the first CIS qualifying time of the year.

Saturday saw Vike Brett Zollen posting a time of 51.22 in the 100-metre freestyle race, one of the meets more competitive races. His result saw him falling just short of the standard by one-tenth of a second. A number of Vikes posted strong finishes throughout the weekend, including Sarah Galbraith in the 50-metre breaststroke and Jon McKay in the 1500-metre freestyle.

“The meet was a pretty good wrap-up to this part of the season,” said Vikes head coach Peter Vizsolyi.  “I thought there was a lot of people who showed pretty significant progress. We’ll be going away for Christmas training camp now and hopefully all of them will make another step forward.”

The swim teams will now head to Phoenix from Dec. 27 – Jan. 8, 2014 for their annual training camp. They next enter competition at the VIR Championships, Jan. 17-19, 2014.

RESULTS:

Sophia Borchers
50 Breaststroke (n/a)
100 Breaststroke (n/a)
200 Breaststroke – (n/a)
200 Backstroke (14th, 2:32:39)
200 Medley relay (1st, 2:02.23)

Sydney Carr
50 Fly (12th, 31.10)
200 Freestyle (5th, 2:08.85)
200 medley relay (1st, 2:02.23)

Christyna Dashko
50 Breaststroke  (6th, 35.45)
100 Breaststroke (6th, 1:16.80)
200 Breaststroke  (4th, 2:45.43)
50 Freestyle (n/a)
100 Freestyle (n/a)

Kalyna Dashko
50 Breaststroke (3rd, 34.88)
100 Breaststroke (7th, 1:16.85)
200 Breaststroke(9th, 2:46.32)

Sarah Galbraith
50 Breaststroke (1st, 33.74)
100 Breaststroke (n/a)
200 Breaststroke (n/a)
200 Medley relay (1st, 2:02.23)
200 Individual medley (3rd, 2:22.59)

Victoria MacKay
50 Backstroke (4th, 35.07)
50 Freestyle (16th, 35.07)
200 Freestyle (12th, 2:10.65)
400 Freestyle (6th, 4:38.55 – Prelims)
800 Freestyle (4th, 9:24.37)

Rachael Newman
50 Fly (1st, 29.73)
100 Fly (2nd, 1:03.24)
200 Fly (n/a)
200 Freestyle (6th, 2:09.06)
400 Freestyle (n/a)
200 Medley relay (1st, 2:02.23)
200 Individual medley (4th, 2:27.41)

Jennifer Short
50 Fly (6th, 31.44)
50 Breaststroke (4th, 35:13)
100 Breaststroke (3rd, 1:14.99)
200 Breaststroke (3rd, 2:39.43)

Richard Bourgeois
50 Breaststroke 
100 Breaststroke (1st, 1:03.63)
200 Breaststroke (2nd, 2:21.99)
200 Individual medley (9th, 2:14.06)
200 Medley relay (1st, 1:45.30)

Ian Brown
50 Breaststroke (12th, 33.38)
100 Breaststroke (4th, 1:06.55)
200 Breaststroke (9th, 2:28.54)

Mark Grasdal
50 Fly (2nd, 26.25)
100 Fly (2nd, 56.45)
200 Fly (3rd, 2:05.36)
50 Freestyle (4th, 24.36)
200 Freestyle (3rd, 1:54.40)

Robert Harling
100 Fly (4th, 58.84)
200 Fly (2nd, 2:05.30)
200 Freestyle (10th, 1:56.21)
1500 Freestyle (4th, 16:05.00)

Aimeson Sparks-King
1500 Freestyle (2nd, 15:46.19)

Ian Mattock
200 Breaststroke (4th, 2:25.31)
50 Fly (1st, 25.73)
200 Individual medley (1st, 2:05.58)
400 Individual medley (3rd, 4:30.90)

Jon McKay
200 Freestyle (3rd, 1:52.73)
400 Freestyle (2nd, 3:56.44)
1500 Freestyle (1st, 15:26.19)
100 Fly (3rd, 58.15)
200 Fly (1st, 2:03.67)
200 Individual medley (n/a)
400 Individual medley (1st, 4:28.90)

Tyler Smith
200 Freestyle (2nd, 1:52.43)
1500 Freestyle (3rd, 16:03.54)
400 Freestyle (4th, 4:03.50)
100 Fly (n/a)
200 Freestyle relay (1st, 1:35.55)

Aidan Thirkell
50 Breaststroke (2nd, 30.44)
100 Breaststroke (3rd, 1:06.17)
200 Breaststroke (1st, 2:21.59)

Brett Zollen
100 Breaststroke (2nd, 1:05.75)
50 Freestyle (2nd, 23:77)
100 Freestyle (2nd, 51.22)
200 Freestyle relay (1st, 1:35.55)
200 Medley relay (1st, 1:45.30)
200 Freestyle (4th, 1:53.18)

Nicholas Sinclair
200 Freestyle relay (1st, 1:35.55)
50 Fly (n/a)
200 Medley relay (1st, 1:45.30)
400 Freestyle (5th, 4:09.82)
50 Freestyle (n/a)
400 Freestyle (3rd, 3:59.94)
200 Individual medley (2nd, 2:05.76)
50 Backstroke (2nd, 28.40)
200 Freestyle (5th, 1:53.32)

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