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Vikes Sweep Butterfly Events at 2003 Canada West Champs

The University of Victoria Vikes finished the 2003 Canada West Championships this past weekend with a total of 10 medals, four of them gold. The small team from Uvic found themselves up against some tough competition during the three day event as the Canada West schools once again showed why they are the best swimming conference in the country.

The men's team placed 4th overall behind much larger teams from the Canada West. Jesse Jacks, Dave Creel and Philip Weiss each won three individual medals and were joined by Dave Macdonald on the 4x200 freestyle relay to win the bronze. Creel picked up gold in the 1500 freestyle and added silver in the 400 freestyle and 400 individual medley. Jacks won two gold medals in the 50 and 200 metre butterfly and picked up a bronze medals in the 100 butterfly. Weiss won gold in the 100 butterfly and silver in the 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.

The womens team also placed fourth overall. Illness struck the team quite hard during the weekend keeping several of the athletes from competing.

The team now has a weekend off before competing at the Pacific Coast Swimming Wave Maker swim meet on the February 1-2 weekend at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Uvic will also host the 2003 CIS Championships at SCP on the February 21-23 weekend.