Vernon Kokanee grads shine

Vernon Kokanee Swim Club grads break national records.

A pair of Vernon Kokanee Swim Club grads are in a record breaking kind of mood at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships at the University of Montreal.

Erin Miller, now with the University of Alberta Golden Pandas, set a CIS championship record in the 100-metre butterfly Thursday, finishing in 59.12 seconds.

“I finally got this gold medal,” an elated Miller told CIS media. “I had reached the podium four times in this event. And to break the CIS record on top of it, it’s a great way to kick of the competition.”

A day later, Vernon’s Savannah King, who competes with the UBC Thunderbirds, went a step further, clocking a Canadian record 4:02.76 in the 400 freestyle.

In other opening day action Thursday, King collected bronze in the 200 free with a 1:57.56.

In Friday competition, Miller struck gold in the 200 fly (2:11.58) and silver in the 50 fly (27.41), while King added a silver in the 4 x 200 free relay (7:59.73), swimming on a team with Brittney Harley, Fionnuala Pierse and Heather MacLean.

In men’s action, Kokanee grad Joe Byram, a freshman with the U of A Golden Bears, earned bronze in the 100 backstroke with a 53.30.

UBC led the overall women’s and men’s team competitions with 518 and 405 points respectively heading into the final day of action Saturday.