Wilson Wong, UBC Athletics
VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds women and the Calgary Dinos men lead after Friday's first day of competition at the Canada West Swimming Championships, which are being held at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver.
Just 7.5 points separate UBC and Calgary atop the women's competition. The Thunderbirds have 196 points, while the Dinos have 188.5. The Alberta Pandas are in third with 120.
"They're swimming as well as they could possibly swim," said UBC head coach Steve Price of his women's squad. "We didn't really have a lot of swims tonight. The relays were obviously good. But we have a lot more swims in the tank. I think they did as well as they could do, considering."
UBC swept the podium in the women's 50-metre breaststroke as Erin Stamp won gold in 31.14 seconds, followed by Rebecca Terejko in 31.18 and Tera Van Beilen in 31.27.
Maia Brundage won the first final of the night for the Thunderbirds, completing the 800 free in 8:37.88.
UBC also won the 4x200 free relay in 8:01.71, Calgary was second with a time of 8:23.28. Victoria (8:28.87) won bronze.
The Dinos earned a rare double gold in the women's 50 back event, as Chelsea Shaul and Leah Smal tied for first, both recording a time of 29.14.
On the men's side, the top three teams are: Calgary (203 points), Alberta (162), and UBC (148).
Tristan Cote's win in the men's 1,500 freestyle race was the highlight of the night for the Dinos. He touched the wall first in 15:10.16.
"Our milers stood out today. I'm really happy with the men's swims. Tristan Cote in the 1,500 was really good. The whole group of milers all swam best times. I'm really impressed," said Calgary head coach Mike Blondal.
"We expected to have a good day today, we're just trying to do a good job and have an impact at the meet. I think our men's team did a really good job today. There are another two days. Each day is a bit different, so there's a long ways to go.
Alberta was golden in three events on Day 1. Nick Kostiuk (28.24) and Stephen Giovanetto (28.35) finished 1-2 in the 50 breast. Josiah Binnema won the 50 butterfly in 25.65, while Joe Byram was the best in the 50 back for the second straight year (25.65), placing ahead of two Dinos, Christoper Courtis (25.80) and Jarod Tsang (25.85).
In the 4x200 free relay, UBC came out on top in 7:18.26, more than three seconds ahead of Calgary.
DAY 1 RESULTS
Women's 800 Freestyle
1. Maia Brundage, UBC (8:37.88)
2. Victoria Mock, Victoria (8:51.41)
3. Kaitlin Gervais, Victoria (8:53.50)
Men's 1500 Freestyle
1. Tristan Cote, Calgary (15:10.16)
2. Jonathan Brown, UBC (15:14.55)
3. Keegan Zanatta, UBC (15:15.63)
Women's 50 Butterfly
1. Kimberley Moors, Manitoba (27.74)
2. Jacomie Strydom, UBC (27.77)
3. Rachel Grothe, Calgary (27.81)
Men's 50 Butterfly
1. Josiah Binnema, Alberta (24.61)
2. Scott Hunter, Lethbridge (24.71)
3. Dillon Perron, Manitoba (24.74)
Women's 50 Backstroke
1. Chelsea Shaul, Calgary (29.14)
1. Leah Smal, Calgary (29.14)
3. Mckenzie Summers, UBC (29.35)
Men's 50 Backstroke
1. Joe Byram, Alberta (25.65)
2. Christopher Courtis, Calgary (25.80)
3. Jarod Tsang, Calgary (25.85)
Women's 50 Breaststroke
1. Erin Stamp, UBC (31.14)
2. Rebecca Terejko, UBC (31.18)
3. Tera Van Beilen, UBC (31.27)
Men's 50 Breaststroke
1. Nick Kostiuk, Alberta (28.24)
2. Stephen Giovanetto, Alberta (28.35)
3. Joel Robinson, Lethbridge (28.68)
Women's 800 Freestyle Relay
1. UBC (Erika Seltenreich-Hodson, Tera Van Beilen, Maia Brundage, Rebecca Terejko) 8:01.71
2. Calgary (Leah Smal, Lauren Teghtsoonian, Danyelle Loyola, Patricia Fortier) 8:23.28
3. Victoria (Sarah Galbraith, Kaitlin Gervais, Taylor Snowden-Richardson, Victoria Mock) 8:28.87
Men's 800 Freestyle Relay
1. UBC (Carson Olafson, Marshal Parker, Kevin Nelson, Keegan Zanatta) 7:18.26
2. Calgary (Tristan Cote, Christopher Neave, Christian Ng, Alex Shogolev) 7:21.94
3. Alberta (Caleb Vander Leek, Hunter Balch, Joe Byram, Connor Bayne) 7:25.45
TEAM STANDINGS – After Day 1
1. UBC, 196
2. Calgary, 188.5
3. Alberta, 120
4. Victoria, 94
5. Lethbridge, 92.5
6. Manitoba, 69
7. Regina, 68
8. Thompson Rivers, 3
1. Calgary, 203
2. Alberta, 162
3. UBC, 148
4. Lethbridge, 90
5. Victoria, 87
6. Regina, 61
7. Manitoba, 38