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The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s swim team are off to the three-day Canada West Championship this weekend, Nov. 27-29, hosted by the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver. The 38-event championship will culminate on Sunday with the presentations of the Canada West First and Second Team All-Stars, conference Coach of the Year, Swimmers of the Meet and the team championship trophies.

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The Vikes contingent travelling to the mainland will be a small and youthful group looking to qualify more swimmers for the CIS national championship, hosted by the University of Laval in Quebec City from Feb. 25-27. Swimmers have through February to continue qualification, though the conference championship always poses a good setting for championship preparation.

“We have always had a smaller sized team and this year, in particular at a meet like the Canada West Championship where you have Top 16 scoring, it’s not a really good indication of where you are going to stand when you get to the CIS Championship,” said Vikes swimming head coach Peter Vizsolyi, in his 33rd season.

Although the Vikes have a young side there are a few stand outs expected to bring their experience into the fold. Third-year Vike Jon McKay will be the biggest medal hopeful for Victoria.

“Jon is one of the athletes in the CIS under the FINA exemption, allowing him to compete with a lighter course load to account for his competition schedule,” added Vizsolyi of the 2014 CIS bronze medalist. “Jon has USA nationals in Seattle the week after the Canada West championship so he will be coming up just to swim his specialty, the 1500-m freestyle, and then returning to prepare for the USA championship.”

McKay was the only CIS medalist for the Vikes in 2014, taking home bronze in the 1500-m freestyle in a time of 15:42.73.

“Our men’s team has experience through Jon but also we added Evan Letkeman, a transfer from the University of Alberta, who is a good competitor and good racer,” noted Vizsolyi of the Victoria native who will race this weekend in the 100 and 200-m backstroke and 200-m butterfly.

The Vikes men’s side will also be bolstered by returnees Richard Bourgeois and Brett Zollen. Bourgeois will race the 50 and 100-m breaststroke, while Zollen will compete in the 50, 100 and 200-m freestyle. Vike Aidan Thirkell will also be a Canada West medal hopeful in the 200-m breast stroke.

The Vikes women’s side boast a fresh-faced roster, with the loss of last year stand outs Rachael Newman and Jordan Stariha. With no seniors on the team, the Vikes women will look to the leadership of fourth year Sarah Galbraith who will compete in a variety of races including the 50, 100 and 200-m breaststroke as well as the 200 IM.

“The women’s side has some experience and good quality swimmers especially in Kaity Gervais andVictoria Mock who both have open water experience and have competed internationally,” said Vizsolyi on the women’s side. “We have a lot of youth this year in the program and so we haven’t had an opportunity to see where they are.”

Rookie Vike Victoria Mock has impressed in the pool already this Fall and will be a medal hopeful in the 400 and 800-m free alongside second-year Vike Kaitlin Gervais.

“The goals for this weekend are simply to add more qualifiers,” said Vizsolyi, looking to add to the already five qualified Vikes for the national championship. Qualified Vikes currently include Bourgeois and McKay for the men and Galbraith, Gervais and Mock for the women.

The Canada West Swimming Championship begins on Nov. 27 with heats at 4:00 p.m. and finals at 5:00 p.m. Nov. 28 sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. for heats and finals begin at 5:00 p.m. The final sessions are on Nov. 29 with heats at 9:00 a.m. and finals at 3:00 p.m. Award presentations will follow. Live video is available at canadawest.tv while live results are available here.

VIKES ROSTER – QUICK LOOK
Key Returnees: Jon McKay (1500 FR), Sarah Galbraith (50, 100, 200 BR and 200IM), Richard Bourgeois (50, 100 BR), Brett Zollen (50, 100, 200 FR), Kaitlin Gervais (400, 800 FR)
Key Departures: Jordan StarihaRachael NewmanCraig Dagnall
Key Additions: Evan Letkeman (100, 200 BACK, 200 FLY), Victoria Mock (400, 800 FR)

COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

Friday, November 27th    

SESSION 1
3:00 – 3:50 pm                  Warm-ups
4:00 – 4:30 pm                  Heats – Events 3 – 8

#3           Women’s 50m Butterfly
#4           Men’s 50m Butterfly
#5           Women’s 50m Backstroke
#6           Men’s 50m Backstroke
#7           Women’s 50m Breaststroke
#8           Men’s 50m Breaststroke

SESSION 2
5:00 – 7:30 pm                  Finals – Events 1 – 10

#1           Women’s 800m Freestyle
#2           Men’s 1500m Freestyle
#3           Women’s 50m Butterfly
#4           Men’s 50m Butterfly
#5           Women’s 50m Backstroke
#6           Men’s 50m Backstroke
#7           Women’s 50m Breaststroke
#8           Men’s 50m Breaststroke
#9           Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
#10        Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay

Saturday, November 28th

SESSION 3
8:30 – 9:50 am                  Warm-ups
10:00 – 12:00 pm             Heats, Events 11 – 22

#11        Women’s 50m Freestyle
#12        Men’s 50m Freestyle
#13        Women’s 400m Individual Medley
#14        Men’s 400m Individual Medley
#15        Women’s 100m Butterfly
#16        Men’s 100m Butterfly
#17        Women’s 200m Backstroke
#18        Men’s 200m Backstroke
#19        Women’s 100m Breaststroke
#20        Men’s 100m Breaststroke
#21        Women’s 200m Freestyle
#22        Men’s 200m Freestyle

SESSION 4
3:30 – 4:50 pm                  Warm-ups
5:00 – 7:30 pm                  Finals, Events 11 – 24

*Recognition of all 5th year/Graduating 4th year athletes – parade along bulkhead*
#11        Women’s 50m Freestyle
#12        Men’s 50m Freestyle
#13        Women’s 400m Individual Medley
#14        Men’s 400m Individual Medley
#15        Women’s 100m Butterfly
#16        Men’s 100m Butterfly
#17        Women’s 200m Backstroke
#18        Men’s 200m Backstroke
#19        Women’s 100m Breaststroke
#20        Men’s 100m Breaststroke
#21        Women’s 200m Freestyle
#22        Men’s 200m Freestyle
#23        Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
#24        Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay

Sunday, November 29th 

SESSION 5
7:30 – 8:50 am                  Warm-ups
9:00 – 11:00 am Heats, Events 25 – 36

#25        Women’s 200m Butterfly
#26        Men’s 200m Butterfly
#27        Women’s 100m Freestyle
#28        Men’s 100m Freestyle
#29        Women’s 200m Individual Medley
#30        Men’s 200m Individual Medley
#31        Women’s 100m Backstroke
#32        Men’s 100m Backstroke
#33        Women’s 200m Breaststroke
#34        Men’s 200m Breaststroke
#35        Women’s 400m Freestyle
#36        Men’s 400m Freestyle

SESSION 6
1:30 – 2:50 pm   Warm-ups
3:00 – 5:00 pm                  Finals, Events 25 – 38

#25        Women’s 200m Butterfly
#26        Men’s 200m Butterfly
#27        Women’s 100m Freestyle
#28        Men’s 100m Freestyle
#29        Women’s 200m Individual Medley
#30        Men’s 200m Individual Medley
#31        Women’s 100m Backstroke
#32        Men’s 100m Backstroke
#33        Women’s 200m Breaststroke
#34        Men’s 200m Breaststroke
#35        Women’s 400m Freestyle
#36        Men’s 400m Freestyle
#37        Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay
#38        Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay

*Closing Ceremonies*

  1. 1st Team All Stars (Gold medalists from all men’s and women’s events including relays)
  2. 2nd Team All Stars (Silver medalists from all men’s and women’s events including relays)
  3. Coach of the Year
  4. Female and Male Swimmers of the Meet
  5. Female and Male Rookies of the Meet
  6. Women’s Championship Trophy – E.W. Griffiths
  7. Men’s Championship Trophy – Felstad Memorial

 

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