Former Pacific Coast Swimming and UVic Vikes swimmer Stephanie Dixon was named to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday. She is one of seven individuals that will be formally inducted on Novemeber 1st in Toronto. Dixon represented Canada at three Paralympic Games, winning nineteen medals and setting multiple world records in the process. On top of this, Stephanie has been a tremendous ambassador for the sport and promotor for parasport around the world.
Day six of competition at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials was packed with action, as the final berths to the Olympic Games were on the line, as well as a number of Junior National teams being selected at the conclusion of the meet.
Third year Vike Jon McKay swam to a fifth place finish in the Men’s 1500 Freestyle in a time of 15:35.23. The swim, which didn’t have a best time posted by any of the top five competitors, saw only one Canadian make the Olympic Qualification Standard.
Pacific Coast Swimming continued their distance freestyle roll on day four of competition at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials in Toronto. Second year Vike Kaitlin Gervais swam a lifetime best of 9:00.34 in the preliminaries of the women’s 800 metre freestyle, on her way to qualifying for the A flight. Her time, a personal best by four seconds, puts her in ninth position for Saturday night’s final.
Third year Vike Jon McKay kicked off his Olympic Trials campaign in fine form on Wednesday, at the Pan Am Games Aquatic Centre in Toronto. Swimming the 400 free, Mckay qualified for the finals in eighth position, with his preliminaries time of 3:57.22. In the final, which was rich with local talent as six of the ten men were either from Victoria or call Victoria their place of residence, Mckay moved up a placing to finish seventh in a time of 3:57.46.
PCS coached, Vikes Alum, and two time Olympian Stephanie Horner swam a very important 10km race in Fort Myers today. The field was packed with great Open Water swimmers from around the world, but Stephanie's main goal remained clear: finish as one of the top two Canadian's in the race. Three Canadian swimmers were invited to compete, and the top two would be chosen to compete in Portugal with a chance to qualify for the Olympics.
We would like to congratulate our own Molly Gowans for winning one of the six Victor Davis Memorial Awards given out this year. This award is given to some of Canada's top young swimmers, and comes with some funding to help continue their training, education, and pursuit of excellence at the international level of competition.
UVic-PCS continued their roll on day two of the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials with some great swims from some of the team’s youngest members. “The first timers (at Canadian Olympic Trials) learned a lot and are looking forward to gaining more experience as the week progresses,” said Pacific Coast Swimming Director of Athlete Development Rod Barratt. “It has been a very exciting beginning to the meet with so many Canadian records falling over the first two days. The energy in the building is amazing, and the Pan Am Games Aquatic Centre is a world class facility.”
Kaitlin Gervais continued her great season with a best time in the 400 freestyle preliminaries. Her posting of 4:22.89 was good enough to position her in the B Final of the event. Gervais swam to a finals time of 4:23.82, placing her 18th overall in a very fast women’s 400 free field.
On April 8 in Fort Myers, Florida, UVPCS coached swimmer and UVIC Alum Stephanie Horner will be trying to continue her pursuit of qualifying for her third consecutive Olympic Games. In order to compete for an Olympic Berth at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Setubal Portugal. Canada will send two women to Portugal, the top two Canadians of the three invited to compete for the spot in Fort Myers this week. Stephanie is one of those three swimmers, and must beat out one of the two rivals to earn her ticket.