by Elizabeth Chan,
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s swim teams return to the pool for their final competition of 2014 at the 12th Annual PCS Cracker Invitational, Dec. 5-7, hosted at Saanich Commonwealth Place in Victoria.


The three-pool meet is hosted by the UVic-Pacific Coast Swimming association each year and provides the nearly 700 participants a chance to compete in 19 different events at a high level before the Christmas break.
For a number of the competing Vikes, this event is one more opportunity to reach qualifying standards needed to compete in next year’s 2015 CIS championships, also hosted at Saanich Commonwealth Place, from Feb. 19-21.

The Christmas Cracker meet will feature preliminary and final races, with the exception of 50-m backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke events.

Third-year Vike Rachael Newman will compete in the women’s 50-m and 200-m butterfly, while first-year standout Rosie Moulton will swim the 200-m IM, 200-m backstroke and 400-m IM. Fellow rookieTaylor Snowden-Richardson is set for the women’s 200-m backstroke and 400-m freestyle. 

For the men, Jon McKay will be back to the 1500-m freestyle, 200-m freestyle and 400-m IM. Third-year Brett Zollen will participate in the 100-m freestyle, 200-m IM and 200-m freestyle and rookie Ryan Howe will also race the 200-m IM, 200-m backstroke and 100-m freestyle.
The PCS Christmas Cracker Invitational begins Friday, Dec. 5 and will run through the weekend, finishing on Sunday, Dec. 7. Webcasts will be available for finals through Pacific Coast Swimming’s UStream channel. Live results and links to the webcast will also be posted at www.pacificcoastswimming.com