UBC Teams Repeat as Canada West Champions

EDMONTON – For a second consecutive season the UBC Thunderbirds have claimed the conference team title in both men's and women's competition at the 2012 Canada West swimming championships, hosted Friday through Sunday by the University of Alberta the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre in Edmonton.






The UBC men claimed first with 861 total points, while the women, who are now three-time consecutive conference champs, earned 949 points. The host University of Alberta Golden Bears achieved their highest finish at the conference event since 1995, when they won the men's silver medal, while the Calgary Dinos, last year's CIS champions, won the men's bronze. The Dino women did capture silver, while the Alberta Pandas earned bronze.

“It was a great team win, and I thought we really showed a lot of character coming into another team's pool and defending our championship,” said first year UBC head coach Steve Price. “We got some really great swims from our rookies on the women's side, as well as from our veteran swimmers like Tommy Gossland and Martha McCabe.”

Individually, Athletes of the Meet were UBC's Savannah King (2nd, Vancouver, BC) and Jason Block of Calgary.

A triple-gold medalist, King was a part of the Thunderbirds' record-setting 800m freestyle relay team on Friday. She also won the very first event of the meet, the 800m freestyle, and on Sunday afternoon won the 400m freestyle, won a silver in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 200m backstroke for a total of five medals.

"I just wanted to get some points for my team and get us out on top and it worked,” said King.

As for being named the female swimmer of the meet?  "That was the cherry on top of a good meet, it was a surprise but I'm happy to have it and hopefully it leads to something along the same lines at the CIS Championships,” said King.

Complete details on the meet available here.