Record set­ter

Dyke breaks 24-year-old AUS record, as Tigers dom­i­nate in­vi­ta­tional

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.”



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