Young Vikes hope to make splash at local regional championship


By Elizabeth Chan, Vikes Communications

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria swim teams are suiting up for the Vancouver Island Regional Championships, Jan. 23-25, at Saanich Commonwealth Place. The three-day meet will feature 22 Vikes athletes looking to improve their times in hopes of finding their peak performance at the CIS national championships, Feb.19-21, also at Commonwealth Pool.


For the Vikes men, third year Brett Zollen will look to make strides in the 100-m and 200-m breaststroke, as well as the 200-m and 400-m IM and 400-m freestyle. Third-year Vikes Aidan Thirkell and Richard Bourgeois will race the 50-m, 100-m and 200-m breaststroke, while first year Sebastien Michaud will sprint in the 50-m and 100-m backstroke.

Veteran distance swimmer Jon McKay will be looking to top his time in the 400-m and 800-m freestyle, as well as the 400-m IM. Senior Craig Dagnall will compete in the 50-m and 100-m butterfly, while Bobby Harling will be back for the 200-m fly.

Rookie Ryan Howe will open his season racing in nine different events across the three days, including the 200-m and 400-m IM. Dagnall, Howe and Harling will also race the 800-m free.

On the women’s side, senior Rachael Newman will dive in for the 50-m, 100-m and 200-m fly, while Vikes teammates Sarah Galbraith and Jordan Stariha will look to improve in the 50-m, 100-m and 200-m breaststroke.

Rookies Rosie Moulton, Jessie Ogden and Taylor Snowden-Richardson are continuing to work on their times in the 100-m, 200-m and 400-m free, while Caroline Wallace will race the 50-m, 100-m and 200-m backstroke. Rookie Hanna Carter will participate in the 100-m and 200-m breaststroke and the 200-m and 400-m IM.

Four of the Vikes women will test themselves in the 800-m race including Kaitlin Gervais, Moulton, Ogden and Snowden-Richardson.

This meet will be a chance for some of the younger Vikes to achieve CIS qualifying times. This will be one of the final home events for the Vikes before they host the CIS championships in late February. The Vikes will also host the SFU Dual on Feb. 8.

The Vancouver Island Regional Championship will be streamed with live video and results at Heats begin Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. and finals are set for 6 p.m. PST.

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