McKay medals in 1500-m on opening day of Canada West swimming championship

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By: Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

January 24, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The Victoria Vikes had only one swimmer medal on day one of the Canada West Swimming Championship hosted by the University of Calgary, Jan. 24-26.

First year Jon McKay finished second in the 1500-m free to leave the Vikes men in fourth overall with 105 points, while the women are currently sixth with 42 points.


On the first of three days for the conference championship, the Vikes logged only one medal but several Vikes had top-10 finishes in their respective events. The men’s team totals are currently held by first-place UBC (218), while the hosting Dinos trail in second with 163 points. McKay touched in 15:29.61 to grab a silver medal behind first place’s Jonathan Brown of UBC (15:27.04). Craig Dagnall was sixth in 16:04.76, while Bobby Harling and Tyler Smith finished 11th and 12th, respectively.

Ian Mattock and Mark Grasdal were the lone Vikes competing in the men’s 50-m fly, finishing 10th and 13th, respectively. In the 50-m breast, Richard Bourgeois was the lone Victoria swimmer to make the top-10, finishing seventh in a time of 29.44. Brett Zollen, Aidan Thirkell and Ian Brown took 12th through 14th in the same event.

The Vikes fell short of any medals on the women’s side as Victoria Mackay finished ninth in the 800-m free in 9:46.83, while Rachael Newman was the top Vike in the 50-m fly with a time of 29.24. The Vikes had five swimmers compete in the women’s 50-m breast, with Jordan Stariha finishing as the top Vike with a time of 33.67 to take ninth place. Sarah Galbraith and Kalyna Dashko were close behind in 11th and 12th place, respectively.

The Vikes will return to the pool tomorrow, Jan. 25-26, with preliminaries taking place in the morning and the finals beginning at 4:00 p.m. for the 50-m free, 400m IM, 100-m fly, 200-m back, 100-m breast, 200-m free and 400-m free relay.

UVic Results – Day One

Women’s 800-m Free
9 – Victoria Mackay (9:46.83)

Men’s 1500-m Free
2 – Jon McKay (15:29.61)
6 – Craig Dagnall (16:04.76) 
11 – Bobby Harling (16:41.17)
12 – Tyler Smith (16:43.95)

Women’s 50-m Fly
12 – Rachael Newman (29.24)
22 – Jennifer Short (30.92)

Men’s 50-m Fly
10 – Ian Mattock (26.09)
13 – Mark Grasdal (26.10)

Women’s 50-m Breast
9 – Jordan Stariha (33.67)
10 – Sarah Galbraith (33.68)
11 – Kalyna Dashko (34.92)
12 – Christyna Dashko (34.92)
15 – Jennifer Short (35.28)

Men’s 50-m Breast
7 – Richard Bourgeois (29.44)
12 – Brett Zollen (30.32) 
13 – Aidan Thirkell (30.38)
14 – Ian Brown (30.42)

Men’s 800-m Free Relay
1 – UBC (7:16.88)
2 – Calgary (7:16.88)
3 – Alberta (7:30.39)
4 – Victoria (7:32.78)
5 – Lethbridge (8:01.91)
6 – Manitoba (8:04.54)
7 – Regina (8:11.21)