(ST. JOHN'S, N.L.) - Memorial rookie Gavin Dyke won two gold medals for the host Memorial Sea-Hawks to open the 2014 Subway AUS Swimming Championship on Friday evening in St. John's.
The Mount Pearl, N.L. native, took home the gold in the first men's event of the night, the 200 freestyle, with a personal best time of 1:51.79. In the last individual event of the night, the 400 IM, Dyke touched first in a time of 4:35.65, smashing his previous personal best by over five seconds.
In the women's events, the Dalhousie Tigers swept the podium in the 400 Individual Medley. Rachel Shin took the gold in a time of 4:51.90, just over eight seconds faster than teammate Meagan Bernier at 4:59.98. Paige Cromwell rounded out the Dalhousie Tigers podium with the bronze medal at 5:08.02.
Also on the podium at Friday night's session was 2012 Olympian and Dalhousie Tigers star David Sharpe. Sharpe posted a time of 54.50 in the 100 fly, more than two seconds faster than silver medalist Eyad Albassiouny from the University of New Brunswick at 56.75. Taking the bronze was Sharpe's Dalhousie teammate Aodhan Somers at 57.91.
Both men's and women's 4 x 100 freestyle relays were won by Dalhousie University, followed by the Mount Allison Mounties. In the men's event, the Memorial Sea-Hawks took the bronze, and on the women's side it was the UNB Varsity Reds.
Point standings after day one have Dalhousie leading the pack in the combined team scores with 547 points. In second, Acadia finished with 314, closely trailed by the University of New Brunswick at 295 points.
The AUS Swimming Championship resumes Saturday morning at the Aquarena in St. John's. Preliminary sessions start at 10:00 am, with finals sessions beginning at 6:00 pm. Admission is free for the community with the program and heat sheets for the weekend at $5.
Women's Team Scores:
1. Dalhousie University - 126
2. University of New Brunswick - 74
3. Acadia University - 58
4. Mount Allison University - 43
5. Memorial University - 14
6. University of Prince Edward Island - 8
Men's Team Scores:
1. Dalhousie University - 114.50
2. Memorial University - 69
3. Acadia University - 57
4. Mount Allison University - 35
5. University of New Brunswick - 34.50
6. University of Prince Edward Island - 12
Combined Team Scores:
1. Dalhousie University - 240.50
2. Acadia University - 115
3. University of New Brunswick - 108.50
4. Memorial University - 83
5. Mount Allison University - 78
6. University of Prince Edward Island - 20
Source: Whitney O'Byrne, Memorial Sports Information