King golden

Former Vernon Kokanee Swim Club member Savannah King collects triple gold at Canada West championships in Edmonton.

A trio of Vernon Kokanee Swim Club alumni made waves at the Canada West championships last weekend at Edmonton’s Kinsmen Aquatic Centre.

Savannah King, now with the UBC Thunderbirds, was named female Athlete of the Meet for her triple-gold performance. The sophomore swimmer won the first event of the meet, the 800-metre freestyle, was part of the T-birds’ record-setting 800-m freestyle relay and won the 400-m freestyle. She added silver in the 200-m freestyle and bronze in the 200-m backstroke.

UBC secured the conference team title in both men’s and women’s competition for the second straight season.

“I just wanted to get some points for my team and get us out on top and it worked,” King told Canada West Communications.

“That (award) was the cherry on top of a good meet, it was a surprise but I’m happy to have it and hopefully it leads to something along the same lines at the CIS Championships (Feb. 23-25 at University of Montreal),”

Butterfly specialist Erin Miller, swimming with the University of Alberta Golden Pandas, recorded a new best time of two minutes, 11.53 seconds to win the women’s 200-m fly, breaking a record set in 2009 by UBC’s MacKenzie Downing (2:12.02).

U of A Golden Bear rookie Joe Byram pocketed bronze in the men’s 100-m backstroke, finishing behind Gleb Suvorov (Calgary Dinos) and Kelly Aspinall (T-Birds).

All three Kokanee grads earned first-team all-star honours.