UBC swim team to host Odlum Brown Colleges Cup Pacific this weekend

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Vancouver, BC – This weekend the UBC Thunderbirds swim team will host the 2014 Odlum Brown Colleges Cup Pacific at the UBC Aquatic Centre.

The two-day event will feature every Canada West school, minus Alberta, plus a lower mainland high school all-star team.

“This weekend’s event is a great opportunity for us to showcase college swimming, plus a chance for us to look at potential recruits,” said UBC swimming head coach Steve Price.

On the women’s side the Thunderbirds are the three-time defending CIS champions, while the men are the reigning Canada West Champions and are looking to take the next step at nationals after finishing second the last two years. With the Canada West Swimming Championships moving from January to November this season, this will be UBC’s first opportunity to see what the rest of the conference has to offer.

“This is our biggest tune up prior to the Canada West Championship this season,” said Price. “This meet will be our first heats and finals meet of the season. As usual I expect our rivals from the University of Calgary to be tough and provide a great challenge.”

The University of Victoria will host the CIS Championships next February and Price is confident his teams will once again be right at the top vying for another championship banner.

“Both the women’s and men’s programs are strong this season,” Price said. “The women are fairly dominate again, but the University of Montreal will give us a run for sure. The men are a year older and we have added some great recruits to help us challenge for the title. Toronto who has gotten the better of us the last two years will be tough again this season as well.”

The event gets started on Saturday, November 1st at 10:30 am with heats, followed by finals at 5:00 pm. On Sunday, November 2 heats begin at 9:00 am and finals are at 3:00 pm. 

For all the details for the 2014 Odlum Brown Colleges Cup Pacific, including meet details, click here.