VICTORIA – After more than a month away from competition the UVic Vikes swimming team will make what they hope is a triumphant return to the pool this weekend, with the team splitting up and competing in two meets.
One group of Vikes will stay on the Island and head to Comox to compete in the Vancouver Island Regional Championships taking place January 13-15.
The other group will head to the Lower Mainland and compete in a long course B.C. Senior Circuit meet being held in Surrey on January 14.
These two meets will be the Vikes only competitive action in January, A pair of Blue-Gold Dual meets will be held in Victoria in early February in advance of the U Sports National Championships taking place February 24-26 in Sherbrooke, Que.
About the Events
Being held at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, the VIR Championships offer those Vikes that have yet to set a U Sports Nationals qualifying time another chance to do so.
The B.C. Senior Circuit meet held at the Guilford Recreation Centre will run from noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Vikes traveling to Surrey are those that have already secured a spot at the U Sports Nationals and the event will give them a chance to get some long course preparation before the World Championship Trials taking place in Victoria in April.
Ryan Clouston, Vikes assistant coach
On the VIR Championships
“This is the first chance of the New Year for swimmers to either post a U Sports time or get closer to it after the end of Christmas training.”
“The swimmers trained hard through their time off to get in the best shape possible, and have done a short taper coming into this meet. We are looking for good performances from the swimmers.”
On the BC Senior Circuit meet
“This is an opportunity for the swimmers who have already made the U Sports championships to get in some long course racing in preparation for the World Championship Trials.”
“These swimmers aren’t resting at all for the meet, so we are looking for hard racing after a few weeks of hard work.”