Source: Vikes Communications / Photo credit ArmandoTua

VICTORIA – University of Victoria Vikes alumna Mackenzie Downingwas honoured Saturday, Dec. 7 as she was inducted into theUniversity of Victoria’s swimming Platinum Circle of Excellenceduring the eleventh annual Christmas Cracker swim meet at SaanichCommonwealth Place. Downing is among the all time Vike leaders withseventeen CIS medals in her UVic career.

Originally from Whitehorse, Yuk., Downing moved south to UVic inSeptember 2004 to pursue her swimming career and begin her studiesin Classics and Archaeology.

She was named the University of Victoria Female Athlete of theYear in both 2007 and 2008. Her accomplishments in the pooltranslated to her life as a student, where she achieved a 9.0G.P.A. in 2008. As a result, Downing was honoured with theprestigious UVIC President’s Cup in 2008 for combined athletic andscholastic success.

“I had just been injured and so I was a bit of a wreck,” Downingnoted in an interview about her arrival at the university. “UVicbrought me back into a positive frame of mind and really brought meup to the international level.”

On the international stage, Downing competed at the 2007 WorldChampionships in Melbourne, the Pan Pacific Championships in 2006and 2010, the Commonwealth Games in 2010, and the World StudentGames in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011.

At the 2007 FISU World Student Games, She earned a Gold in the100 Butterfly in Canadian Record time, Silver in the 200 Butterfly,and Bronze Medal in the 4×100 Medley Relay at the. As a result ofthese performances she was named the flag bearer for team Canada atthe 2011 FISU Games.

Currently the Communications Coordinator for Citius PerformanceCorp., Downing will pursue a Masters of Science in Osteoarcheologyfrom the University of Edinburg starting next fall. As a retiredmember of a Canadian world championship team, Downing becomes thenewest member of the University of Victoria swimming PlatinumCircle of Excellence.

Platinum Cirlce of Excellence members:

Kim Dyke
Mike Edgson
Jon Kelly
Wayne Kelly
Corrine Compton (Liedtke)
Marie Moore
Christin Petelski
Pam Rai
Greg Streppel
Suzanne Weckend
Rick Say
Karley Stutzel
David Creel
Stephanie Dixon
Mackenzie Downing