Vikes gear up for Canada West championships in Lethbridge

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by Elizabeth Chan,

Second year Vikes swimmer Jon McKay in action

(ISN) – VICTORIA, BC – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s swim teams will be heading to the 2014 Canada West swimming championships this weekend from Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Max Bell Aquatic Centre in the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.

A total of 25 Vikes swimmers will race in this weekend’s event. On the men’s side, second-year swimmer Jon McKay will be a medal hopeful in the 1500-m freestyle and 200-m butterfly. In last year’s Canada West Championship, McKay earned silver in the 1500-m freestyle.

Also returning to the pool is third year Rachael Newman who will be a strong contender in the 100-m and 200-m butterfly. In 2014, the Victoria native returned from the CIS Championships after racing a personal best eighth-place in the 200-m fly.

Rookies Ryan Howe, Robert Hill and Rosie Moulton are the top recruits for the Vikes.

Currently, the Vikes men stand sixth nationally behind the University of Alberta Golden Bears and the Calgary Dinos, who are at fourth and fifth place respectively. On the women’s side, the Vikes are at eighth while the Dinos stand fifth, followed by the Pandas at seventh.

The UBC Thunderbirds will be looking to defend their conference championship titles this weekend, with both their men’s and women’s squads ranked number one in the country.

The Vikes are among eight Canada West schools, including the host Lethbridge Pronghorns, the Regina Cougars and first-timer Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack, vying for the E.W. Griffiths Trophy (men’s) and the Felstad Memorial Trophy (women’s).

This time around, the Vikes will have to do without two-time Olympian Stephanie Horner on the women’s team and Nick Sinclair for the men.

The Vikes will be competing Nov. 21-23 at the University of Lethbridge with preliminaries and final schedules listed below. All finals will be broadcasted live on canadawest.tv.

SCHEDULE (Pacific Time)
Friday, November 21
Finals: 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 22
Preliminaries: 9:00 a.m.
Finals: 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 23
Preliminaries: 8:00 a.m.
Finals: 2:00 p.m.

VICTORIA VIKES
Key additions: Ryan Howe, Robert Hill, Rosie Moulton
Key returnees: Jon McKay, Rachael Newman
Key departures: Nick Sinclair, Stephanie Horner

WOMEN
Sophia Borchers (50-m Back, 50-m Breast, 200-m Back, 100-m Back, 200-m Breast)
Hanna Carter (50-m Breast, 400-m IM, 100-m Breast, 200-m Breast)
Sarah Galbraith (50-m Breast, 50-m Free, 100-m Breast, 200-m Breast)
Alexandra Kierstead (50-m Fly, 50-m Free, 100-m Breast, 200-m Breast)
Lauren McMillan (400-m IM, 100-m Fly, 200-m Fly, 200-m Breast)
Rosie Moulton (400-m IM, 200-m Back, 200-m IM, 200-m Breast)
Rachael Newman (50-m Fly, 50-m Free, 100-m Fly, 200-m Fly)
Jessie Ogden (800-m Free, 400-m IM, 200-m Free, 100-m Free, 400-m Free)
Christina Sherren (50-m Fly, 50-m Breast, 100-m Breast, 200-m Breast)
Jennifer Short (50-m Fly, 50-m Breast, 100-m Breast, 200-m Breast)
Taylor Snowden-Richardson (800-m Free, 200-m Back, 200-m Free, 400-m Free)
Jordan Stariha (50-m Breast, 400-m IM, 100-m Breast, 200-m Breast)
Caroline Wallace (50-m Back, 200-m Back, 200-m IM, 100-m Back)

MEN
Sam Bleay (50-m Back, 50-m Free, 200-m Free, 100-m Free)
Richard Bourgeois (50-m Fly, 50-m Breast, 50-m Free, 100-m Breast, 200-m Breast)
Craig Dagnall (50-m Fly, 100-m Fly, 200-m Free, 200-m Fly, 100-m Free)
Bobby Harling (1500-m Free, 100-m Fly, 200-m Free, 200-m Fly, 400-m Free)
Robert Hill (50-m Back, 100-m Fly, 200-m Back, 200-m IM)
Ryan Howe (50-m Back, 1500-m Free, 400-m IM, 200-m IM, 100-m Back)
Buzz Mallender (50-m Fly, 50-m Free, 200-m Free, 100-m Free, 100-m Back)
Jon McKay (1500-m Free, 400-m IM, 200-m Free, 200-m Fly, 400-m Free)
Sebastien Michaud (50-m Back, 100-m Fly, 100-m Breast, 100-m Back)
Baylee Munro (50-m Breast, 50-m Free, 100-m Breast, 100-m Free, 200-m Breast)
Aidan Thirkell (50-m Fly, 50-m Breast, 100-m Breast, 200-m Free, 200-m Breast)
Brett Zollen (50-m Fly, 50-m Free, 200-m Free, 100-m Free, 200-m IM)

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