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Vikes / PCS Surprise at Colleges Cup

The University of Victoria swim team joined with other PCS teammates to compete at the Colleges Cup in Vancouver and had some excellent performances. With the smallest team entered in the competition the team pulled together to finish in 3rd place over all on the men's side and in fifth on the women's. For this competition the Vikes teamed up with Pacific Coast Swimming athletes John Stamhuis, Karley Stutzel and Christin Petelski to form the Victoria team entry.

Leading the men's team were Philip Weiss and Jesse Jacks. Weiss, who has returned to the pool this year after a two year break from the sport, won the B flight of three events over the weekend; the 200 butterfly and both the 200 and 400 individual medley. Phil also added a second place finish in the A flight of the 100 butterfly and was a member of all of the Vikes relay teams. Jacks, placed 2nd in the A flight of the 200 butterfly in a near personal best t butterfly when the rest of the CIS converge on Victoria in February.

On the women's side national team member Danielle Bell led the team with strong performances in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle. Swimming in the A flights against a tough field of Canadian team members Bell raced to third place finishes in both the 400 and 800 freestyle and added a second in the B flight of the 200 freestyle.

Eight members of the swim team have already qualified for the 2003 CIS Championships which will be hosted by UVic for the first time since 1994 this February.