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Vikes sit in third following Day 1 of Canada West swim meet

*See Original Story Here* LETHBRIDGE – Both University of Victoria Vikes swim programs have positioned themselves well following Day 1 of the Canada West Swim Championships.

In both men's and women's categories, the Vikes sit third, while the University of Calgary women's swim team and UBC Thunderbirds men's team taking early leads in the team standings.

The Calgary Dinos women sit atop the team standings with 221 points and are followed closely by the defending Canada West Champion UBC Thunderbirds (213.50). Sitting in third is the Victoria Vikes with 125 points.
On the men's side, the T-Birds (178) hold a narrow three point lead over the Dinos (178) and the Vikes sit in third with 139 points.
The Championship opened with a bang with two records falling in the preliminary session. UBC's Hoi Lam Tam broke the 50 metre breaststroke record by 1/100th of a second and was followed up by Victoria's Danielle Hanus breaking the 50 metre backstroke record.
In the finals, Lam Tam bettered her mark from earlier in the day en route a gold medal in the breaststroke, with a time of 26.79. In the same race, Calgary Dinos teammates Laura Albers and Samiha Mohsen finished in a dead heat for the silver medal.
While Hanus swam to a gold in the backstroke, she could not better her time from earlier in the day but the finals time would have also broken the previous record.
Manitoba star Kelsey Wog continued to add to her Canada West medal haul, narrowly missing on a new Canada West record in the 50 metre breaststroke, missing her own mark by only 3/100th of a second.
On the men's side, on the strength of a relay win and three individual medals, the Thunderbirds were able to hold the Dinos off for the early win.
The foursome of Brodie Young, Alexander Pratt, Matthew Meuleman and Dmitriy Lim won the 800 metre relay by nearly six seconds to pick up 40 important points for the six-time defending Canada West Champions.
Lim also took home a gold medal in the 50 metre butterfly to lead the T-Birds. Jaren LeFranc and Hau-Li Fan each picked up silver medals on day one.
Looking to keep pace with the T-Birds, the Dinos point total was aided by a podium sweep in the 50 metre backstroke. Rob Hill touched the wall first, followed by Anders Klein and Daniel Gerlach.
Canada West Swimming Championship action continues November 23 with heats starting at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time, while finals start at 5:00 p.m. Finals will be webcast live by pay-per-view on, presented by Co-op.
Team Standings (After Day 1)
1. Calgary, 221 pts.
2. UBC, 213.50
3. Victoria, 125
4. Manitoba, 97
5. Alberta, 78.50
6. Lethbridge, 55
7. Regina, 14
8. Thompson Rivers, 5
1. UBC, 181 pts.
2. Calgary, 178
3. Victoria, 139
4. Alberta, 114
5. Regina, 79
6. Lethbridge, 77
7. Manitoba, 52
8. Thompson Rivers, 36
DAY 1 Medalists

Women's 800 Freestyle
1. Danica Ludlow, CGY (8:34.01)
2. Megan Dalke, UBC (8:35.57)
3. Allison McCloy, CGY (8:45.58)

Men's 1500 Freestyle
1. Josh Zakala, VIC (15:15.53)
2. Hau-Li Fan, UBC (15:20.78)
3. Peter Brothers, CGY (15:21.64)

Women's 50 Butterfly
1. Hoi Lam Tam, UBC (26.79)* Canada West Record
2. Samiha Mohsen, CGY (27.60)
2.  Laura Albers, CGY (27.60)

Men's 50 Butterfly
1. Dmitriy Lim, UBC (24.85)
2. Kier Przyswitt, ALB (24.90)
3. Dante Chan, ALB (24.94)

Women's 50 Backstroke
1. Danielle Hanus, VIC (27.02)*set Canada West record in prelims (26.84)
2. Oliva Ellard, UBC (28.77)
3. Samiha Moshen, CGY (28.84)

Men's 50 Backstroke
1. Rob Hill, CGY (24.80)
2. Anders Klein, CGY (25.30)
3. Daniel Gerlach, CGY (25.31)

Women's 50 Breaststroke
1. Kelsey Wog, MAN (30.57)
2. Jamie Hellard, VIC (32.00) -  new Vikes record
3. Hillary Metcalfe, UBC (32.01)

Men's 50 Breaststroke
1. Cale Kooyman, ALB (28.21)
2. Jaren LeFranc, UBC (28.26)
3. Bailey Espersen, VIC (28.34)

Women's 4x200 Freestyle Relay
1. CGY (Allison McCloy, Danica Ludlow, Marit Anderson, Laura) 8:02.16
2. UBC (Megan Dalke, Quincey Brozo, Mackenzie Gunther, Anna Belanger-Dumont) 8:04.48
3. VIC (Danielle Hanus, Lauren Taylor, Allison Ballantyne, Kyla Ross) 8:22.10 - new Vikes record

Men's 4x200 Freestyle Relay
1. UBC (Brodie, Young, Alexander Pratt, Matthew Meuleman, Dmitriy) 7:19.31
2. CGY (Peter Brothers, Teddy Kalp, Paul Latkovic, Emil Goin) 7:25.08
3. VIC (Padric McKervill, Josh Zakala, Justin Schramm, Eric Hedlin) 7:28.78