by Dan Elliott
January 19, 2014, VANCOUVER (ISN) – On the final day of competition at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, Savannah King (Vernon, B.C.) came through with the best performance of the meet by a Thunderbirds swimmer, finishing third in the 800-metre freestyle.
King, now in her fourth year at UBC, finished the women’s distance event in a time of eight minutes, 38.87 seconds, out-touching fourth-place finisher Chloe Sutton by just .06. Katie Ledecky won her second gold of the meet, clocking a time of 8:26.70.
Tera Van Beilen completed a strong weekend in Texas, earning her third top-eight finish Sunday in the women’s 100m breaststroke. She finished fifth overall in a time of 1:10.45. Jessica Hardy took home the gold medal in 1:07.05. Van Beilen also competed in the 200m individual medley, winning the ‘B’ final, touching the wall in 2:19.91. Her time would have been good for seventh place in the ‘A’ final. Caitlin Leverenz won her second gold medal of the meet in a time of 2:13.44.
In the men’s 200m butterfly, Coleman Allen finished 12th overall (2:07.75), while Stefan Milosevic won the ‘C’ final. Tom Luchsinger won gold in a blistering time of 1:57.93.
Up next for the UBC Thunderbirds is the Canada West Swimming Championships beginning Friday, Jan. 24 in Calgary.