Lethbridge, AB – The UBC Thunderbirds won eight of 10 races on day one of the Canada West Swimming Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta. Both the men and women are the defending Canada West Champions and each team won four events on Friday night and currently sit in first place in the team standings after the first of three days of competiton.
“It was a great start to this year’s meet, winning the first five events of the night,” said UBC head coach Steve Price. “We set the bar high for our team and we expect them to get better and better as the meet goes on.”
In the 50m butterfly rookie Jackie Stardom finished first, winning in a time of 27.39.
After setting a new Canada West record in the morning heats in the 50m breaststroke Tera Van Beilen had to settle for second place behind Calgary’s Fiona Doyle in the finals. Doyle broke Van Beilen’s record in the finals with a time of 31.04, just .02 faster than Van Beilen. Rebecca Terejko finished in third.
On the men’s Sergey Holson led the way with a record setting victory in the 50m breaststroke. Holson touched the wall in 27.73, breaking the previous mark by .19.
Luke Peddie earned top of the podium status in the 50m butterfly, beating the competition in a time of 24.53.
UBC settled for third in the 50m backstroke as Mitchell Benkic earned the bronze medal with a time of 25.87.
The final event of the night saw Coleman Allen, Stefan Milosevic, Keegan Zanatta, and Yuri Kisil set a new Canada West record in the 4x200m freestyle, beating the old mark by over two seconds. They combined for a time of 7:14.82.
“Overall I’m pretty pleased,” said Price. “Top of the podium is where we expect to be and this evening was highlighted by a couple of great record setting swims by Sergey Holson and the men’s relay team.”
Day two will start with tomorrow morning with heats and the finals are set for 4:00 pm PST in Lethbridge. The finals can be watched live at canadawest.tv.
Women’s 800m freestyle
1. Savannah King 8:40.18
3. Maia Brundage 9:02.72
Men’s 1500m freestyle
1. Keegan Zanatta 15:17.59
3. Jonathan Brown 15:28.99
Women’s 50m butterfly
1. Jacomie Strydom 27.39
Men’s 50m butterfly
1. Luke Peddie 24.23
Women’s 50m backstroke
1. Sarah McLean 29.13
3. Mckenzie Summers 29.56
Men’s 50m backstroke
3. Mitchell Benkic 25.87
Women’s 50m breaststroke
2. Tera Van Beilen 31.06 (Fiona Doyle 31.04 CW Record
3.Rebecca Terejko 31.19
Men’s 50m breaststroke
1. Sergey Holson 27.73 Canada West Record (27.92)
Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay
Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay
2 seconds off old record