Four Vikes qualify for CIS championships after final meet of year


by Elizabeth Chan, 

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes swim teams wrapped up their annual Christmas Cracker meet, Dec. 7, at Saanich Commonwealth Place. The three-day event, which featured nearly 700 swimmers, saw four more Vikes swimmers qualify for the CIS championships scheduled for Feb. 19-21 next year.


Vikes rookie Rosie Moulton, senior Craig Dagnall, and third years Richard Bourgeois and Aidan Thirkell join first year Ryan Howe as new CIS qualifyers this weekend. In the women’s team, first year Moulton finished second in the 200-m IM with a personal best of 2:20.70 and third in the 400-m IM (5:00.37), while third year Rachael Newman touched in for first in the 100-m butterfly (1:02.55), first in the 200-m butterfly (2:15.93) and second in the 50-m freestyle (26.75).

For the men, Victoria-native Dagnall placed third in the 100-m butterfly (55.97). While he came in fourth in the 200-m freestyle overall (1:51.16), the fifth year was the first Vike to touch in for the race out of five UVic swimmers.

Bourgeois and Thirkell also posted strong CIS-qualifying meet results this past weekend with Bourgeois finishing first in the 100-m breaststroke (1:03.63) and third in the 200-m breaststroke (2:19.84). Thirkell was second in the 200-m breast (2:17.82) and third in the 100-m breaststroke (1:04.59). Fellow third year Brett Zollen placed second in the 50-m freestyle (23.10) and beat last year’s personal record of 51.22 in the 100-m freestyle with a time of 50.66, placing fourth overall in one of the most competitive races of the meet.

The Vikes posted successful results this past weekend heading into final exams. Following a three-week break, the Vikes swim teams will be heading off to training camp on Dec. 27 before returning to the pool Jan. 7 for the senior circuit meet in Victoria.