Dyke breaks 24-year-old AUS record, as Tigers dominate invitational
The Dalhousie Tigers came away big winners, as some of the nation’s top swimmers competed at Dave Mills Invitational recently in Charlottetown.
The Tigers won 29 of 36 races, including wins for all four team events.
Dalhousie’s Gavin Dyke set a new Atlantic University Sport (AUS) record in the 200-metre freestyle, clocking in at 1:49.27 and besting UNB’s Jason Lukeman’s record in 1992 of 1:49.99.
Dyke also captured four wins at the invitational.
“It was a really great swim for him,” said Tigers coach Lance Cansdale. “He’s been knocking on that door to break the 1:50 barrier for awhile.”
The Tigers had seven swimmers post Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)-qualifying times including Dyke, Claire Yurkovich, Tony Liew, Morgan Payne, Katie Webster and Kaetlin Fenton, who made her first CIS cut.
Joining them was Phoebe Lenderyou, who won all four of her events, capturing CIS-qualifying times in the 200-metre individual medley, 200-metre backstroke and 100-metre backstroke.
Other standout performances included UNB’s Charli LeBlanc, who captured three wins during the two-day meet, posting CIS-qualifying times in both the women’s 50-metre butterfly and 50-metre backstroke.
Despite a difficult showing from the home team, the rebuilding Panthers managed to set some personal goals as they look toward the future.
Leading the way was Rebekah Nitschman with four top-10 finishes, while Joseph Sulaiman and Callie McAulay each managed two.
The 18-year-old McAulay swam for the team’s only topthree finish, placing third in the 50-metre breaststroke.
“The kids are slowly starting to make some changes in their approach on swimming and today we succeeded based on times we set out for ourselves,” said Panthers coach Tony Theriault.
As the season nears its conclusion, the Panthers are hoping to emulate a strong Dalhousie team that features 33 talented swimmers.
“We’ve got more swimmers than we had last year, so the plan for next year is to get up to 20 swimmers and develop a strong team atmosphere.”