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- UBC Thunderbird Keegan Zanatta is the Male First Star of the Week after being named the CW Male Swimmer of the Meet at the conference championships in Edmonton
- Calgary swimmer Danica Ludlow is the Female First Star of the Week after taking home the Female Swimmer of the Meet at the Canada West championships
- Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Conor Morgan (male second star), Manitoba’s Kelsey Wog (female second star), Thompson Rivers’ Volodymyr Iegorov (male third star), and UBC's Ingrid Wilm (female third star).
NEW WESTMINSTER – Swimmers Keegan Zanatta of UBC and Danica Ludlow of the Universtiy of Calgary are the Canada West Male and Female First Stars of the Week respectively for the week ending November 27th.
The pair were named the swimmers of the meet at the annual conference swimming championships over the weekend at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton.
Zanatta captured gold in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, and 800m freestyle, along with nronze in the 1500m freestyle, while Ludlow dominated in freestyle as well.
The rookie earned gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, along with silver in the 4x100m medley relay, and bronze in both the 400m and 800m freestyle relays.
The pair will take aim at national medals at the end of February (24-26), when Sherbrooke hosts the U Sports Swimming Championships.
Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Conor Morgan (male second star),Manitoba’s Kelsey Wog (female second star), Thompson Rivers’ Volodymyr Iegorov (male third star), and UBC's Ingrid Wilm (female third star).
Male first star – Keegan Zanatta
UBC Thunderbirds swimming
Meet log: Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27 at the CW Swimming Championships – gold in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, and 800m freestyle / bronze in the 1500m freestyle.
For the second-consecutive year, UBC's Keegan Zanatta was named the Male Swimmer of the Meet at the Canada West championship after leading his Thunderbirds to the conference title.
This past weekend in Edmonton, Zanatta won three goal medals and one bronze, helping UBC earn a total of 921 points in the team standings, 266.5 ahead of runners-up Calgary. It was the fourth-straight conference title for the Thunderbirds.
Zanatta was golden in the 200- and 400-metre freestyle events, posting times of 1:47.56 and 3:47.23, respectively. He anchored UBC to a Canada West record-setting performance of 7:15.56 in the 800 freestyle relay. The fifth-year swimmer from Victoria, B.C., also earned a bronze medal in the 1500 freestyle race (15:27.29).
Zanatta and the Thunderbirds will now begin preparations for the U Sports swimming championship meet Feb. 24-26 in Sherbrooke, Que.
Female first star – Danica Ludlow
Calgary Dinos swimming
Meet log: Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27 at the CW Swimming Championships – gold in 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle / silver in the 4x100m medley relay / bronze in 400m and 800m freestyle relays.
The University of Calgary Dinos women's swim team competed at the Canada West Championships over the weekend and came out with a team silver.
Rookie Danica Ludlow was the star of the show, as she was named Swimmer of the Meet for her performance over the weekend in just her first season competing in U Sports. The first-year won six medals over the weekend, with three individual gold medals and three relay medals.
Ludlow won individual gold in the 800m and 400m free and earned the newest conference record, and her third gold of the meet, from the 200m free with a time of 1:57.50. The Victoria native was the anchor for the Dinos 4x100m medley relay team that won silver and added two more bronze relay medals to her collection in the 400m free relay and the 800m free relay.
The Dinos will compete at the Colleges Cup and the U Sports Championships hosted by the University of Sherbrooke after the calendar turns to 2017.
Male second star – Conor Morgan
UBC Thunderbirds basketball
Game log: Friday, November 25 – 23 points and 6 rebounds in 82-69W @ Victoria / Saturday, November 26 – 37 points and 11 rebounds in 93-89OTW vs. Victoria.
Conor Morgan set a career-high for points in a game for the second-straight week in leading UBC to a sweep of archrivals Victoria in a home-and-home series.
In his hometown of Victoria on Nov. 25, Morgan poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the T-Birds to an 82-69 triumph.
Then on Sunday, Morgan scored a career-best 37 points and recorded 11 rebounds in UBC's comeback 93-89 overtime win in Vancouver. The Thunderbirds trailed by nine at halftime but were able to claw back and send the contest into overtime.
That's where capped off his special performance by scoring 11 of UBC's 14 points in overtime, bettering Victoria's output of 10 in the extra period by himself.
Thanks to his two games this weekend, Morgan moved into a tie for first place in Canada West scoring average at 24.3 points per game. He also leads the league in field-goal percentage at 61.2 per cent.
UBC, undefeated after six Canada West games so far this season, will host UBC Okanagan this weekend to conclude the 2016 portion of its schedule.
Female second star – Kelsey Wog
Manitoba Bisons swimming
Meet log: Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27 at the CW Swimming Championships – gold in the 50m breaststroke (meet record), 100m breaststroke (meet record), 100m freestyle / silver in 200m breaststroke.
Kelsey Wog stole the spotlight for the Manitoba Bisons at the conference swimming championships this past weekend, as she earned three individual gold medal, set two meet records, and also finished in second place, while being selected as Canada West Female Rookie of the Meet.
Wog, 18, won the women’s 50m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke titles in championship record time. On Friday, Wog won the 50m breaststroke in a new championship time of 30.54 and beat her nearest competitor by .44 seconds. On Saturday, the Bison rookie continued her dominance with a championship meet record of 1:06.30 in the 100m breaststroke – beating her nearest competitor by 1.03 seconds. With the victories, the Winnipeg native also earned 2016-17 Canada West First Team All-Star honours.
On Sunday, the Winnipeg native earned her third title with a first-place finish in the 100m freestyle (54.88) and a close second in the 200m breaststroke (2:24.65). She also swam on all three Manitoba relay teams during the three-day meet.
The next swim meet for the Manitoba Bisons will be at the Manitoba/Saskatchewan Short Course Championships in Saskatoon from December 8-11.
Male third star – Volodymyr Iegorov
Thompson Rivers WolfPack basketball
Game log: Friday, November 25 – 20 points and nine rebounds in 78-75W vs. UBCO / Saturday, November 26 – 22 points and 14 rebounds in 68-53W vs. UBCO.
Over the weekend the TRU WolfPack swept an opponent for the first time this Canada West men’s basketball season thanks in large part to the play of their lone fifth-year player Volodymyr Iegorov of Donetsk, Ukraine.
The Canada West third team all-star from last season had over 20 points in both games, as the WolfPack won their second and third games of the season, sweeping the UBCO Heat.
Iegorov currently stands fourth in the league in rebounds per game at 9.1.
He and the WolfPack close out the pre-Christmas portion of their season this week (Dec 2-3) in Prince George against the UNBC Timberwolves.
Female third star – Ingrid Wilm
UBC Thunderbirds swimming
Meet log: Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27 at the CW Swimming Championships – gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, along with the 4x100m medley relay, 800m freestyle relay, and 400m freestyle relay / silver in the 50m freestyle.
Rookie swimmer Ingrid Wilm made a remarkable debut at the Canada West level, winning six gold medals and one silver at the conference championship meet this past weekend in Edmonton, and helping the UBC Thunderbirds to their eighth-straight team title.
Wilm swept the individual backstroke events in stunning fashion, setting Canada West records at 50 (27.26), 100 (58:49) and 200 metres (2:07.65)
She then helped UBC win the 4x100 medley relay, the 400 freestyle relay and the 800 freestyle relay, to finish the weekend with half a dozen gold medals, and the team conference banner.
Wilm also won a silver, placing second in the 50 freestyle in a time of (25.77).
She was a huge part of UBC's dominant performance, which saw the T-Birds earn a team score 1,047 points, 419 more than their closest rival.