King defends swim crown

Former Vernon Kokanee Swim Club member Savannah King is once again the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s female Swimmer of the Year.

Savannah King

Savannah King

Former Vernon Kokanee Swim Club member Savannah King is once again the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s female Swimmer of the Year.

King, a 2012 Olympian, swept the distance freestyle events with gold medals at both 400 and 800 metres to help the UBC Thunderbird women’s team retain its CIS title last weekend at the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre. It is her second straight individual MVP title.

“It’s so exciting to get two in a row,” said King of her team’s back-to-back national titles. “We fell off the rails for a few years, but we’re back on top and I think it’s going to continue. I’m excited to be part of it.”

King’s UBC teammate Kelly Aspinall set championship records in the 50- and 100-metre backstroke events to earn CIS men’s MVP.