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Victoria, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds men and women swim teams lead after day one at the CIS Swimming Championships in Victoria, BC. 

Reigning CIS Swimmer’s of the Year led their respective teams. Coleman Allen set the tone for the men setting a new CIS record as the Thunderbirds lead Toronto by 46 points, while Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson defended her title in the 400m individual medley to help UBC to a 39 point advantage over Montreal.

“We have positioned ourselves very well,” said UBC head coach Steve Price. “I’m pretty happy with the women, they are a little ahead of where we thought they would be, while the guys were solid this evening putting together a well rounded performance.”

Allen and Stefan Milosevic each finished the night with a pair of gold medals. Allen won the 100m butterfly for a third straight year in a time of 53.21 after setting a new CIS record in the morning prelims. Meanwhile, Milosevic led a group of five UBC swimmers in the 200m freestyle ‘A’ final touching the wall in a winning time of 1:50.31. Just beating out teammate Keegan Zanatta. Yuri Kisil finished fourth, Marshal Parker was fifth, and Kevin Nelson came eighth.

The men placed four swimmers in the ‘A’ final of the 400m individual medley. Luke Reilly finished second, Jonathan Brown was third, Will Brothers came in fifth, and Colin Eriks placed seventh.

Allen, Milosevic, Kisil, and Luke Peddie teamed up to win the 4x100m freestyle really in 3:22.78.

UBC finished the day with 242 points. Toronto sits in second with 196 points followed by Calgary in third place with 116.5 points.

This year at the CIS Championships all the finals are long course, while the prelims are short course racing. Needless to say it makes for some interesting racing.

“Each team has to adjust to the harder distance at night,” said Price. “You have to swim smarter and I think we managed it very well. Just look at the results tonight, there were winners from all over the country. Long course racing is the big equalizer.”

For the women, Seltenreich-Hodgson won the 400m individual medley for a second straight year in a time of 4:44.41. She finished fourth in the event at last summer’s Commonwealth Games.

In arguably the day’s marquee race on the women’s side Calgary’s Fiona Doyle beat out Erin Stamp and Tera Van Beilen in the 100m breaststroke. Stamp finished in second in a time of 1:09.27, just beating out Van Beilen, who touched the wall in 1:09.85. Rebecca Terejko finished fifth.

Rookie Jacomie Strydom set a new meet record in the 100m butterfly in the morning, only to be beaten in the evening finals by Canadian record holder Katerine Savard of the University of Montreal. Strydom had to settle for second with a time of 59.81.

Fifth-year standout Savannah King won her 16th career CIS championship medal, finishing third in the 200m freestyle.

For the first time since 1997 neither UBC or Calgary won the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Montreal took top spot beating out the Thunderbirds who finished in second in a time of 3:46.37. The team was comprised of Fionnuala Pierse, Terejko, King, and Seltenreich-Hodgson.

The women hold a first day lead over Montreal with 216 points. Montreal has 177 points and sitting in third place is Toronto with 117 points.

Day two begins tomorrow with prelims at 10:00 am and finals at 6:00 pm. You can watch live at CIS TV

Men’s Standings

1. UBC 242
2. Toronto 196
3. Calgary 116.5

Women’s Standings

1. UBC 216
2. Montreal 177
3. Toronto 117