Victoria, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds continue to lead the way at the CIS Swimming Championships after day two in Victoria, BC, sitting in first place in the team event for both the men and women.
UBC started the day with some disappointing news. Due to a administrative error the men’s team used an ineligible swimmer in the 4x100m relay last night. As a result, the time, first place finish, and the 40 points for the win were ruled null and void. So instead of heading into day two with a 46 point lead over Toronto, they were tied with the Varsity Blues for first with 202 points.
“It was a pretty good night for us, especially overcoming the adversity of having our guys disqualified from yesterday’s relay,” said UBC head coach Steve Price. “We had a meeting with everybody before we went to the pool, owned the mistake, and told our group to get on with it. Obviously we knew there were a lot more points on the table and I think our guys used it as a rallying point to have a great night.”
Coleman Allen added to his medal haul winning a pair of individual golds and a relay gold. In the morning he broke UBC assistant coach Brian Johns‘ CIS record in the 200m butterfly and went on to win gold at night in the finals in a time of 2:01.40. He previously settled for silver in the event at the last two CIS Championships. The record had stood since 2003. He also set a new CIS record in the 50m butterfly in the prelims and won in the finals, touching the wall in 24.04.
“Coleman is feeling it right now,” said Price. “He is coming off a pretty tough training camp with the national team and is still finding a way to get it done. It has just been a solid, all around effort.”
In the 50m freestyle Kisil and Alex Logniov touched the wall at exactly the same time to tie for gold. They both swam a 22.68 in the sprint event. Kisil also won a silver in the 100m backstroke finishing behind Toronto’s Matthew Myers. Mitchell Benkic settled for fourth.
Zanatta defended his title in the 400m freestyle leading from start to finish and clocking a time of 3:53.68. He was one of five Thunderbirds in the ‘A’ final. Jonathan Brown won the bronze, Marshal Parker finished fifth, Milosevic came in seventh, and Kevin Nelson was eighth.
The men will head into the final day with a 64 point lead over the two-time defending champions from Toronto. The Thunderbirds have 485 points, the Varsity Blues sit in second with 421 points, while Calgary rounds out the top three with 271.5 points.
For the women Savannah King earned a little redemption in the 400m freestyle. After losing in the final last year, she won gold in a time of 4:14.95 this year, leading from start to finish just like Zanatta. It was the fourth time in her career King has won the event, earning her the coveted grand slam award. Fionnuala Pierse had an outstanding swim to claim bronze in the event.
Rookie Jacomie Strydom continues to make a name for herself. She set a personal best time of 2:12.91 in the 200m butterfly to earn another silver medal. Just like in the 100m butterfly she finished second behind Canadian national team member Katerine Savard of the University of Montreal.
The final event came down to the wire as the University of Montreal won the 4x200m freestyle relay by just .55 seconds over UBC. The Thunderbirds team was comprised of King, Pierse, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, and Maia Brundage.
The Thunderbirds have a 54 point lead going into the final day. UBC has 440 points, followed by Montreal with 386 points and Toronto in third with 280 points.
“The message is simple heading into tomorrow, we need to swim great in the morning,” said Price. “Both Toronto on the men’s side and Montreal on the women’s side have a few more swims then us, so if we can take of our business like we know how it could be a great day.”
Standings after day two
1. UBC 485
2. Toronto 421
3. Calgary 271.5
1. UBC 440
2. Montreal 386
3. Toronto 280