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June 24,2014(ISN) – OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Tuesday the hosts for four
national championships over the next two seasons.

The University of Toronto will host CIS women’s field hockey this fall, from Oct. 30
to Nov. 2. The Varsity Blues organized the event on eight occasions in the past,
most recently in 2012.

“The University of Toronto has a decorated history and promising future with field
hockey,” said Beth Ali, director of intercollegiate and high performance sport,
whose school is also hosting the CIS women’s volleyball championship next season.
“It’s very fitting that we host this year’s championship on our new water-based
turf. It will give our CIS student-athletes the opportunity to use the same
facilities as the upcoming 2015 Pan American Games.”

For their part, the University of Victoria and University of Alberta will host
swimming (Feb. 19-21) and wrestling (Feb. 27-28), respectively, next winter. The CIS
swim meet has been staged at UVic only twice over the years (1994, 2003), while the
CIS wrestling tournament has previously been held at the U of A only once, back in
1970.

“The University of Victoria is pleased to once again be hosting the CIS swim
championships,” said Clint Hamilton, director of athletics and recreation. “Saanich
Commonwealth Pool is a world class aquatic facility that affords an incredible
championship venue. UVic and our Vikes program look forward to hosting our CIS
competitors in Victoria.”

“It is both appropriate and exciting to be hosting the CIS wrestling championships
once again,” said U of A associate director of athletics Vang Ioannides, a former
long-time wrestling coach at Alberta. “The last time we hosted was in 1970 when our
program was one of the best in the country. In fact, it started a three-year reign
as CIAU men’s champions. Fast forward to the 2014-15 season and once again our
wrestling programs are amongst the best in Canada. I know the Edmonton wrestling
community and Golden Bears and Pandas alumni are excited, and our student-athletes
are hungry for a chance to win a title at home.”

Finally, the top cross-country runners in the country will gather at the University
of Guelph in the fall of 2015 (Nov. 14). The Gryphons, who have dominated the sport
in recent years sweeping both CIS team banners each of the past eight seasons, have
previously hosted the national competition on 10 occasions.

“We are thrilled and honoured to host the 2015 CIS cross country championships,”
said director of athletics Tom Kendall. “We have a long standing history of
excellence in CIS cross country here on campus and in the Guelph community. This
will give us a great opportunity to not only highlight our exceptional running
program but also showcase the University of Guelph and our first-class Arboretum
course on a national stage.”

2014-15 CIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & HOSTS

Oct. 30 – Nov. 2: Women’s field hockey (University of Toronto)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 2: Women’s rugby (University of Guelph)
Nov. 6-9: Women’s soccer (Laval University)
Nov. 6-9: Women’s soccer (University of Prince Edward Island)
Nov. 8: Cross country (Memorial University)
Nov. 22: Uteck Bowl (Canada West at RSEQ)
Nov. 22: Mitchell Bowl (AUS at OUA)
Nov. 29: 50th TELUS Vanier Cup
Feb. 19-21: Swimming (University of Victoria)
Feb. 26-28: Men’s volleyball (University of Saskatchewan)
Feb. 26 – March 1: Women’s volleyball (University of Toronto)
Feb. 27-28: Wrestling (University of Alberta)
March 12-14: Track & Field (University of Windsor)
March 12-15: Women’s hockey (University of Calgary)
March 12-15: Men’s hockey (St. Francis Xavier University)
March 13-15: Women’s basketball (Laval University)
March 13-15: Men’s basketball (Ryerson University)
TBD: Curling (TBD)

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