Newman and Hill one place short of podium finish on final day


(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – On the third and final day of the 2014 Canada West Swimming Championships hosted by the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s swim team sat at fourth place with a total of 297 points while the men’s team were fifth overall with 246 points.

Third year Rachael Newman was the top Vike for the women’s and first year Robert Hill for the men’s on day three of the conference championships. Both were one place short of earning a podium finish, with Newman touching in at fourth in the women’s 200-m butterfly at 2:18.04, behind three contenders from the UBC Thunderbirds, while Hill also placed fourth in the 200-m IM (2:06.03) behind T-bird Luke Reilly.

Nineteen-year-old Jordan Stariha achieved a personal best by two seconds in the women’s 200-m breaststroke, posting a time of 2:34.88 and finishing fifth overall in that event. She was also the youngest competitor in this 200-m race.

Rookie Robert Hill was the only new CIS qualifyer this weekend after coming in tenth in the men’s 200-m backstroke on the second day of the event (2:03.65).

Other top-10 finishes for the Vikes include second year Jon McKay at sixth in both the men’s 200-m butterfly and 400-m freestyle. Brett Zollen placed ninth in the men’s 100-m freestyle while Lauren McMillan came in seventh overall in the women’s 200-m butterfly.

Both Vikes men’s and women’s teams placed fourth overall in the 4×100-m relay, also just outside of medal-finishes.

“It was a tough meet where our Vikes swimmers were competing against some of the toughest contenders at the championships,” said Peter Vizsolyi, Vikes swimming head coach. “Our teams had to adjust to a much sooner Canada West championship season in November instead of January and were racing against swimmers who were better rested.”

The Vikes will return to the pool for their final competition of the 2014 calendar year at the twelfth annual PCS Christmas Cracker meet on Dec. 5-7 at Saanich Commonwealth Place.


Women’s 200-m Fly
Rachael Newman, 4th (2:18.04)
Lauren McMillan, 7th (2:24.00)

Men’s 200-m Fly
Jon McKay, 6th (2:04.62)
Bobby Harling, 12th (2:08.46)
Craig Dagnall, 13th (2:09.67)

Men’s 100-m Free
Brett Zollen, 9th (51.12)

Women’s 200-m IM
Rosie Moulton, 11th (2:23.20)
Caroline Wallace, 14th (2:34.64)

Men’s 200-m IM
Robert Hill, 4th (2:06.03)
Ryan Howe, 10th (2:08.27)

Women’s 100-m Back
Sophia Borchers, 15th (1:09.96)

Men’s 100-m Back
Ryan Howe, 15th (1:00.02)

Women’s 200-m Breast
Jordan Stariha, 5th (2:34.88)
Sarah Galbraith, 8th (2:44.60)
Hanna Carter, 11th (2:39.36)
Rosie Moulton, 12th (2:40.44)
Jennifer Short, 13th (2:41. 78)

Men’s 200-m Breast
Aidan Thirkell, 15th (2:27.88)

Women’s 400-m Free
Taylor Snowden-Richardson, 11th (4:32.64)
Jessie Ogden, 12th (4:33.08)

Men’s 400-m Free
Jon McKay, 6th (3:59.65)

Women’s 400 Medley Relay – 4th overall (4:19.35)
Taylor Snowden-Richardson
Jordan Stariha
Rachael Newman
Sarah Galbraith

Men’s 400 Medley Relay – 4th overall (3:49.93)
Ryan Howe
Richard Bourgeois
Craig Dagnall
Brett Zollen