UBC swimmers Allen, King lead T-Birds to conference titles

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January 28, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN)  – Led by Canada West First Stars of the Week, Coleman Allen and Savannah King, the UBC Thunderbirds claimed both conference swimming titles this past weekend at the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre.

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1st STAR: Coleman Allen, UBC (swimming)

Home: Spokane, WA

Height: 6-3

Year: 3rd

Academic: Arts

Coleman Allen was spectacular at the Canada West swimming championships in Calgary, winning six gold medals for the UBC Thunderbirds and earning the conference’s Male Swimmer of the Year honour for the second straight year.

Allen won three individual gold medals, in the 50-, 100- and 200-metre butterfly events, and three relay golds.

On the first day, the third-year Arts student claimed first in the 50m fly in 23.91 seconds and then helped UBC set a new conference standard in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

On day two, he broke his own Canada West record in the 100m butterfly, completing the final in 52.08. He then teamed up with three teammates to capture gold for the Thunderbirds in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Then on day three, Allen, who was born in Barrie, Ont., reset another one of his own Canada West records, this time in the 200m butterfly, winning in a time of 1:57.59.

He capped off the meet by swimming in the 4x100m medley relay, which UBC won in three minutes, 37.78 seconds.

Allen and the rest of his UBC team will now prepare for the CIS championships Feb. 20-22 at the University of Toronto.

2nd STAR: Russell Wood, Calgary (swimming)

Russell Wood was the star of the host University of Calgary Dinos men’s swim team that placed second overall at the Canada West swimming championships, January 24-26.

The second-year Arts student took home a total of six medals at the championships including four individual golds. Wood swept all three backstroke events, and on the second day of competition set a new Canada West record with a time of 1:56.08 in the 200m. Wood was also part of the 4×200 Free Relay team that tied with the UBC Thunderbirds for gold as well as together set a new Canada West record with a time of 7:16.88. Of his six medals, the only one of a colour other than gold was a silver in the 4×100 Free Relay.

The Dinos will head out east to Toronto to compete at the CIS championships, Feb 20-22.

3rd STAR: #1 Bryan Fraser, Saskatchewan (volleyball)

Fifth-year University of Saskatchewan left side hitter Bryan Fraser recorded a combined total of 32 kills, 17 digs and seven blocks, including a match-high 21 kills on Saturday, to lead the No. 8 ranked Huskies to a weekend sweep on the road against the No. 10 Calgary Dinos.

On Friday night, Fraser recorded 12 kills and 14.5 points in the Huskies five-set victory. The Arts & Science student also tallied 10 digs and three blocks in the match.

The Saskatoon, Sask. native led the Huskies to a four-set victory on Saturday night with a match-high 25 points. Fraser finished the night with 21 kills, seven digs, four blocks and two service aces to help Saskatchewan get back to the .500 mark on the season.

The Huskies improved their record to 9-9 with the sweep and move into a tie for fifth in the standings with just two weeks remaining in the Canada West schedule. Saskatchewan travels to Vancouver to take on the UBC Thunderbirds this weekend.

WOMEN

1st STAR: Savannah King, UBC (swimming)

Home: Vernon, BC

Height: 5-10

Year: 4th

Academic: Kinesiology

UBC’s Savannah King won her fourth straight Canada West Female Swimmer of the Year award on the weekend after leading her Thunderbirds to a record-breaking performance at the conference meet in Calgary at the U of C Aquatic Centre.

The fourth-year student from Vernon, B.C. won four individual gold medals and one relay gold.

The UBC team set new Canada West marks for most points (1071) and the largest margin of victory, 497 points over Calgary, on the weekend.

King won the 800-metre freestyle in a time of eight minutes, 36.65 seconds on the first day of competition. She then won her second gold of the night in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

On day two, King claimed first-place finishes in the 200m backstroke and the 200m freestyle.

To cap off the championship, the two-time Olympian earned her fourth individual gold of the meet, winning the 400m freestyle handily in a time of 4:08.39.

King and the rest of the UBC Thunderbirds team will shoot for their third consecutive national title when the CIS championships take place Feb. 20-22 at the University of Toronto.

2nd STAR: #11 Andria Carlyon, Alberta (basketball)

University of Alberta Pandas basketball forward Andria Carlyon, a 6-3 forward who hails from the hamlet of Dapp, AB, was in fine form for the No. 3 Pandas as they swept the Calgary Dinos to win their 12th and 13th consecutive games, and clinch a playoff spot. Carlyon finished the weekend with 39 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

During Alberta’s Friday night win, Carlyon picked-up a game high 23 points, while also adding seven rebounds, three steals and one assist. On Saturday, Carlyon and the Pandas recorded their 13th straight win, and the forward scored a team high 16 points, while also earning six boards, a pair of assists and one block.

Alberta, now 14-2 on the season, are back in action this weekend when they host the Mount Royal Cougars and the UNBC Timberwolves.

3rd STAR: #3 Donata Huebert, Brandon (volleyball)

Donata Huebert helped the Brandon University Bobcats volleyball team to an impressive sweep of the Winnipeg Wesmen last week, improving the ‘Cats record and putting her name in the Canada West record book as well.

The Minden, Germany product put up 35 digs in last Wednesday’s win over the Wesmen, which ties the third all-time highest individual total in a Canada West match, and becomes the first to do it in a four-set match since Saskatchewan’s Tahnee Hutton did it on October 27, 2007.

Huebert and the Bobcats then followed it up with another great performance in a straight-sets victory, improving the Bobcats record to 14-4, giving Brandon the most wins in a season in the team’s nine-year history and clinching a playoff spot.

The 2010-11 CIS libero of the year leads the Bobcats in digs and sits fifth in the Canada West conference in the same category.

Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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