CIS athletes of the week (#18): UBC swimmers King, Allen honoured


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OTTAWA (CIS) – Swimmers Savannah King and Coleman Allen,both from the University of British Columbia, are the CIS femaleand male athletes of the week for the period ending Jan. 26,2014.

King, a fourth-year kinesiology student from Vernon, B.C., wasnamed Canada West female swimmer of the year for the fourthstraight season after she led the Thunderbird women to a recordtally at the conference championships held in Calgary.

The two-timeOlympian won all five races she competed in, including fourindividual events (200-400-800 freestyle, 200 backstroke), as theT-Birds set new meet marks for most team points (1071) and largestmargin of victory (497 points). King and her UBC teammates willshoot for their third consecutive CIS women’s team title whenthe national championships take place from Feb. 20 to 22 at theUniversity of Toronto.

Basketball players Kolbi Roper of St. Francis Xavier, KaylahBarrett of Concordia and Kate MacTavish of Guelph were alsonominated for the women’s award.

Allen, a third-year arts student from Spokane, Wash., earned hissecond straight male MVP award following a dominant performancewhich helped the UBC men capture the Canada West banner. The6-foot-3 junior, who represented Canada at last summer’sUniversiade in Russia, claimed no less than six gold medals –three in individual events and three in relays – and setchampionship records in half of those races, including the 100mbutterfly (52.08 seconds), 200 fly (1:57.59) and 4×200 freestyle(7:16.88). Allen and the T-Birds hope to reclaim the CISmen’s title next month after finishing second behind Torontoa year ago.

UNB hockey player Philippe Maillet, Laval basketball playerAntoine Beaumier and Guelph track athlete Ross Proudfoot were theother male nominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Kolbi Roper, basketball, St. Francis Xavier
RSEQ: Kaylah Barrett, basketball, Concordia
OUA: Kate MacTavish, basketball, Guelph
CWUAA: Savannah King, swimming, UBC(recipient)

Male nominees:
AUS: Philippe Maillet, hockey, UNB
RSEQ: Antoine Beaumier, basketball, Laval
OUA: Ross Proudfoot, track & field, Guelph
CWUAA: Coleman Allen, swimming, UBC(recipient)

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