February 9, 2014

Dalhousie Tigers win Subway AUS swimming championships

(ST. JOHN'S, N.L.) - The 2014 Subway AUS swimming championship came to a close Sunday night in St. John's with the Dalhousie Tigers taking home both women's and men's team championship banners.

The women were presented the Ashley 'A" Coalter Trophy with a total of 408 points, and the men received the Mussems Swimming Trophy with 376.5 points. The win was the Tigers sixteenth straight for the men and the thirteenth straight for the women.

On the women's side, it was the UNB Varsity Reds who took the second spot, followed by the Mount Allison Mounties, Acadia Axemen, Memorial Sea-Hawks, and the University of PEI Panthers, in order.

AUS championship hosts, Memorial University, took second on the men's side, closely followed by Acadia, then Mount Allision, the University of New Brunswick, and the UPEI Panthers.

Other awards presented on closing night were the rookies and swimmers of the meet. The rookie of the meet on the women's side was Paige Robillard of Dalhousie, and Memorial's Gavin Dyke on the men's side. Swimmer of the meet for the women was Dalhousie's Alison Grant, and fellow Tiger, David Sharpe for the men.

For Memorial Sea-Hawks coach, Aaron Dahl, the championship was a success and shows great promise for the future.

"Our team's performance was inspiring," said Dahl. "The way the team came together as a squad at the right time and produced the performances they did, really speaks to their character."

"Moving forward we will continue to develop our young athletes to become the type of leaders that will not only continue to produce podium finishes, but will also inspire the next group of Memorial swimmers entering the program," said Coach Dahl.

The next stop for many of the AUS conference swimmers is the national Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship in Toronto from Feb. 20-22. (CIS championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/swim/index <http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/swim/index> )

Women's Team Scores:
1.    Dalhousie University Swim Team  408
2.    University of New Brunswick 230
3.    Mount Allison Mounties  153
4.    Acadia University  148
5.    Memorial University  49
6.    UPEI Panthers Swim team 30

Men's Team Scores:
1.    Dalhousie University Swim Team 376.5
2.    Memorial University 195
3.    Acadia University 183
4.    Mount Allison Mounties 117
5.    University of New Brunswick 106.5
6.    UPEI Panthers Swim Team 37

Source: Whitney O'Byrne for Memorial Sports Information

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