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U-Sport Championships Day 1: Go Vikes Go!

Our affiliated Uvic-Vikes swim team are tearing it up in Quebec at 2022 U-Sport Swimming Championships! 5 of the Vikes swimmers set new Vikes Records already on day 1. A total of 16 Vikes earned swims in the finals, with one A Final, seven B Final, and eight C Final bids secured after the prelims.

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Starting off with a new school record in the 50 back, Jacob Rambo swam 25.56 to surpass the previous Vikes record of 25.87 set by Josh Zakala Nov. 2, 2019. Rambo's swim ranked 13th overall and secured him a spot in the B Finals. Padric Mckervill set his second school record of the season, this time in the 100 fly. Clocking in at 54.49, Mckervill broke Jesse Jacks and Ethan Jensen's time of 54.54 set Jan. 1, 2003 and Jan. 1, 2020, respectively. Finishing 11th in the prelims, Mckervill claimed a spot in the 100 fly B Finals. Sophie Tarrant swam the lone A Final-clinching swim on day one for the Vikes, going 1:09.04 in the 100 breast for fourth place. In the 100 breast A Final, Tarrant matched her fourth-place finish, finishing with a time of 1:07.74, just .15 of a second off the podium. In the process, the first-year set a new Vikes school record, breaking her own previous time of 1:08.94 set at the Canada West Championships. 

Opening the finals by besting his school-record performance in the prelims, Rambo swam 25.36 in the 50 back B Final to establish a new Vikes record time. Writing his name in the UVic record book with his performance in the 100 breast B Final, Ethan Hemeon finished with a time of 1:01.31, lowering the record from Bailey Espersen's 1:01.47 set Feb. 20, 2020. Winning the 100 fly B Final, Mckervill rewrote the school record he set just hours earlier, improving to 54.19 in the finals from 54.49 earlier in the day.

Closing out the night, the women's 4x100 free relay quartet of Cameron Hill, Sophie Tarrant, Sophia Brunoro, and Amanda McCallum finished with the top time in heat one, 3:51.11, which was good for seventh overall in the event. Also registering the top finish in the first heat of the 4x100 free relay, the men's squad of Ricky Millns, Rambo, Maxwell Fang and Mckervill finished with a time of 3:20.80, which ranked eighth overall in the event. The time also set a new Vikes record by over four seconds, dethroning the 3:24.94 mark set by the Vikes in 2018. 

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