Vikes clock personal bests, UVic beat SFU in Dual meet


By Elizabeth Chan, Vikes Communications


(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s swim teams defeated Simon Fraser in the SFU Dual meet, Feb. 8, at the Saanich Commonwealth Pool. Overall, UVic totaled 252 points to defeat SFU who tallied 243 at the end of the competition.


On the men’s side, second year Jon McKay won all three of his individual events, including two personal bests in the 800-m freestyle (8:04.90) and 200-m butterfly (2:02.16). Previously, he recorded a time of 8:12.42 in the 800-m free at the Vancouver Island Regional championships on Jan. 23 and 2:02.97 in the 200-m fly during the 2014 Xmas Cracker meet on Dec. 6.

Rookie Ryan Howe also won three individual events, including the men’s 200-m back, the 200-m IM and the 400-m IM. Third-year sprint specialist Brett Zollen was back for the 50-m and 100-m freestyle, finishing ahead of veteran SFU Hans Heyer (24.02) in the 50-m free and first-year phenom Adrian VanderHelm (51.16) in the 100-m free.

On the women’s team, rookie standout and freestyle specialist Kaitlin Gervais stole the show in the 800-m and 400-m free, the last in which she beat SFU senior Carmen Nam (4:26.46) by a few milliseconds.

Despite finishing second in the 200-m butterfly, third year Rachael Newman clocked a personal best of 2:02.57 in the event, shaving an enormous 13 seconds off her 2:15.93 record at the 2014 Xmas Cracker meet on Dec. 6.

Senior SFU sprinter Nicole Cossey was a strong contender for the Vikes women, as she touched in for first place in each of the 200-m, 50-m and 100-m free, ahead of second-place finishers Gervais, Newman and Sarah Galbraith, respectively.

Second year Jordan Stariha also recorded her personal best in the 400-m IM (5:04.29), placing second behind SFU’s Nam who touched first in 5:01.71. First year Hanna Carter also shaved four seconds off her Canada West record of 5:08.41 in the 400-m IM.

This was their final chance for the Vikes to clock in some best times before tsuiting up for he national CIS Championships on Feb. 19-21, at the Commonwealth Pool. The SFU Clan, for their part, are one meet away from the NCAA Championships on Mar. 11 in Indianapolis, IN.

List of CIS qualifiers

Vikes Men
Aidan Thirkell
Brett Zollen
Craig Dagnall
Jon Mckay
Richard Bourgeois
Bobby Harling
Ryan Howe
Robert Hill
Peter Brothers

Vikes Women
Jordan Stariha
Rachel Newman
Sarah Galbraith
Kaitlin Gervais
Hanna Carter
Taylor Snowden-Richardson
Rosie Moulton
Lauren McMillan