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University of Calgary swimmer Lindsay Delmar beat out a tough field in the 200 freestyle to take the win over Canadian Olympians Heather MacLean and Savannah King. Delmar came close to her best time touching the wall at 1:58.46. Delmar took the lead over MacLean at the 150. With a final 50 split of 30.03 which was the fastest in the field she was able to hold off MacLean who finished in 1:59.19. King finished just behind in 1:59.54.
Coleman Allen took his first of what looks like many victories tonight in the 200 freestyle finishing ahead of University of Calgary swimmer David Woodman. Coleman finished in 1:46.40 ahead of Woodman’s 1:47.39. After setting a CIS record this morning in the 100 fly Coleman is the heavy favorite tonight in the 100 fly was well. Keegan Zanatta of the University of Victoria finished third in 1:47.52 just behind Coleman.
In the womens 50 backstroke Gabri Soucisse swimming for the Carabins won the backstroke sprint in 28.03 touching out Grainne Pierse by two one hundredths of a second 28.03 to 28.05. Pierse lead the pack after prelims but was not able to hold off the speed of Soucisse in the final tonight.
In the mens 50 backstroke Kelly Aspinall broke the CIS record set by Chris Renaud back in 24.25. Impressive enough this was the SECOND time today that Aspinall was able to break the record, touching in at 24.21 during morning prelims. David Sharpe of the Dalhouse Tigers finished over half a second behind Aspinall in 24.56.
Fionna Doyle was able to pull off the win tonight in the 100 breaststroke after finishing third in 2012. Doyle swimming for the University of Calgary finished in 1:06.57 to teammate Tianna Rissling who finished in 1:06.72. 2012 CIS champion and Canadian Olympian Tara Van Bielin who appeared to be the favorite going into tonights finals finished third in 1:06.80. The girls battled and took it down to the last 5 meters where Doyle was able to pull away and steal the win.
University of Calgary swimmer Jason Block won his fourth consecutive CIS championship in the 100 breaststroke with a CIS record of 59.08. Block broke Scott Dickens record of 59.34 from 2009. McMaster swimmer Konrad Bald finished over a second back in 1:00.14.
Alisha Harricharan of the Guelph Gyrphons took the 100 fly win in 59.72. Kendra Chernoff gave Harricharan a fight, taking it down to the wall and finishing 5 one-hundredths behind her in 59.77. The two swimmers blew away the rest of the field, third place finisher Alana Skocdopole who touched in far back in 1:01.17.
Coleman Allen took his second win of the night taking the 100 fly after already winning the 200 freestyle. For the second time today Coleman broke the CIS record in the 100 fly. In finals tonight Allen didn’t just break his own record, he destroyed it! After swimming a 52.51 in prelims to break the record of 52.62 set in 1989 by former Olympic medallist Tom Ponting, he absolutely smashed that in finals touching the wall in 51.88. Zack Chetrat finished a ways back in 52.58 also beating Ponting’s record but unfortunately for him Coleman was in the way. David Sharpe of the Dalhouse Tigers finished third in 53.07.
Tianna Rissling won the 400 IM in incredible fashion, setting a CIS record in the progress. Rissling finished in 4:37.81 breaking Liz Warden’s record of 4:38.21 set in 2003. The University of Calgary swimmer established a huge 5 second gap between her and second place finisher University of Toronto swimmer Vanes Treasure. Treasure finished in 4:42.88.
After finishing 7th in the prelims this morning Steven Bielby from McGill University was able to shock the crowd and pull of a win. Bielby finished in 4:18.92 ahead of UBC Thunderbird Patrick Cowan. Cowan touched in 4:20.42. Canada’s top swimmer in the 400 IM Alec Page who competed at this summers Olympic Games in the event finished in third place in 4:21.72.
400 Free Relay
The University of Calgary Woman sent forth a stacked relay to take the win. Olympians Erica Morningstar, Amanda Reason, and two CIS champions from tonight: Lindsay Delamar and Fiona Doyle took the win in 3:40.34. The UBC Thunderbirds finished second in 3:42.47. Erica Morningstar had the fastest leadoff split of 54.67 to give the girls the lead. After Morningstar’s blazing fast split nobody was able to catch the Dino girls.
On the men’s side the the UBC thunderbirds pulled off the win over the Dinos. The new CIS record holder in the 50 backstroke leadoff the relay with a split of 49.37. Teammates Luke Peddie and Sergey Holson tried to hold off the Dino’s but with 100 meters left the Dino’s established a small lead. The recently appointed CIS champion in the 200 free and 100 fly, not to mention CIS record holder in the 100 fly Coleman Allen ripped a 48.04 to capture the win in 3:15.53 to the University of Calgary’s 3:16.94.
With the end of competition tonight the UBC Thunderbirds lead the total scores with 176 points. Tune in tomorrow at 6:00 MT for more CIS action.
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