Swimming season begins with Vikes competing in back-to-back meets

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VICTORIA—The UVic Vikes swimming team got their first chance to shake off some rust as they competed in both the B.C. Senior Circuit Swim Meet and a Dual Meet against Simon Fraser University on October 22 and 23.

“It’s the first competition of the year, so people are just trying to enter different events and see where they are in terms of racing form,” said Vikes head coach Peter Vizsolyi.

The weekend was all about trying to gauge where the swimmers are at as they prepare for the Canada West Championships that take place in Alberta on November 25-27

“We aren’t necessarily trying to win either event, we are just trying to get people competitive experience and get a fix on where they are because the Canada West conference meet is coming up in November,” said Vizsolyi.

Up first for the Vikes was the B.C. Senior Circuit Swim Meet, a competition that is used as a warm up meet for both clubs and universities.

The Vikes racked up multiple podium finishes in the event with the top results coming from Kara Wilson, who finished second in the women’s 50-metre Breastsroke and Sebastien Michaud who finished second in the men’s 50-metre Backstroke.

The Vikes were back in the pool the very next day, where they went head-to-head with Simon Fraser University in a Dual Meet.

Both teams are able to enter up to four swimmers in individual events and two relay teams in each relay event. Swimmers can only swim a maximum of four events including relays, and each event is scored, with first place getting the most points,” said Vikes assistant coach Ryan Clouston.

The Vikes men defeated SFU 130-96 in the meet while the smaller women’s team lost 88-129.

The highlights of the meet for the Vikes were fifth-year swimmer Brett Zollen winning all three of his individual events, and third-year Kaitlin Gervais winning two events and finishing second in one.

The rookies on the Vikes squad also posted some positive results. Allison Hampton had two wins and third place finish while Josh Zakala had two wins and second place finish.

Eric Hedlin and Zander Glatz also contributed event wins for the Vikes.

“The Vikes didn’t rest for these meets, instead looking to put up some good times while feeling the effects of a hard week of training on their muscles. There were some varied results, but in general the team performed well,” said Clouston.

B.C. SENIOR CIRCUIT TOP 3 RESULTS:

Men 400 Freestyle: Eric Hedlin 3rd
Women 50 Breaststroke: Kara Wilson 2nd
Men 100 Backstroke: Garrett Mallender 3rd
Men 50 Freestyle: Baylee Munro 3rd
Men 100 Breaststroke: Brett Zollen 3rd
Men 50 Backstroke: Sebastien Michaud 2nd
Women 200 Freestyle: Kaitlin Gervais 3rd

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