UBC swimmers King, Allen honoured


by Michel Bélanger

January 29, 2014, OTTAWA (ISN) – Swimmers Savannah King and Coleman Allen, both from the University of British Columbia, are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending January 26, 2014.

King, a fourth-year kinesiology student from Vernon, B.C., was named Canada West female swimmer of the year for the fourth straight season after she led the Thunderbird women to a record tally at the conference championships held in Calgary. The two-time Olympian won all five races she competed in, including four individual events (200-400-800 freestyle, 200 backstroke), as the T-Birds set new meet marks for most team points (1071) and largest margin of victory (497 points). King and her UBC teammates will shoot for their third consecutive CIS women’s team title when the national championships take place from Feb. 20 to 22 at the University of Toronto.

Basketball players Kolbi Roper of St. Francis Xavier, Kaylah Barrett of Concordia and Kate MacTavish of Guelph were also nominated for the women’s award.

Allen, a third-year arts student from Spokane, Wash., earned his second straight male MVP award following a dominant performance which helped the UBC men capture the Canada West banner. The 6-foot-3 junior, who represented Canada at last summer’s Universiade in Russia, claimed no less than six gold medals – three in individual events and three in relays – and set championship records in half of those races, including the 100m butterfly (52.08 seconds), 200 fly (1:57.59) and 4×200 freestyle (7:16.88). Allen and the T-Birds hope to reclaim the CIS men’s title next month after finishing second behind Toronto a year ago.

UNB hockey player Philippe Maillet, Laval basketball player Antoine Beaumier and Guelph track athlete Ross Proudfoot were the other 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)