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.”

Savannah King, in her final year with UBC, got things started with another gold medal performance in the 800m freestyle clocking a winning time of 8:40.18. Maia Brundage finished in third.

In the 50m butterfly rookie Jackie Stardom finished first, winning in a time of 27.39.

Sarah McLean was the fastest in the 50m backstroke, touching the wall in 29.13. Teammate Mckenzie Summers also made the podium, finishing third in a time of 29.56.

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.

In the 4x200m freestyle relay King, Van Beilen, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, and Fionnuala Pierse teamed up to win gold with a winning time of 8:00.34.

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.

Keegan Zanatta won gold in arguably the day’s most gruelling event the 1500m freestyle. Jonathan Brown finished in third.

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

1. UBC 8:00.34 (Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Fionnuala Pierse, Tera Van Beilen, Savannah King)

Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay

1. UBC 7:14.82 Canada West Record (Coleman Allen, Stefan Milosevic, Keegan Zanatta, Yuri Kisil)

2 seconds off old record