CALGARY -- The Toronto Varsity Blues put an end to 18 years of western domination, winning a three-way race Saturday night to capture the 2013 CIS men's swimming title. The UBC Thunderbirds captured their second consecutive women's title with a 691.5-548 win over the host University of Calgary Dinos.
The men's race came down to the final event, the 4-x-100-metre medley relay, and the Varsity Blues found themselves atop the standings with a 15-point cushion, 539-524 over UBC. Calgary finished 10 points back of the Thunderbirds.
UBC won the final, with Kelly Aspinall, Sergey Holson, Coleman Allen, and Luke Peddie beating out the Calgary foursome, which finished second. But that still didn't provide enough to leapfrog the Blues, who finished fifth, which was enough to bring home the CIS title.
"I've been doing this over 30 years, and this is the first time I remember a three-team race like this," said longtime Toronto coach Byron McDonald. "It brought out the best in our swimmers, and it was something they'll remember for the rest of their lives."
UBC swept the swimmer of the year awards with Savannah King taking her second consecutive MVP honour while fifth-year men's teammate Kelly Aspinall also won individual laurels.
Rookie honours went to Calgary freshman Tianna Rissling on the women's side, while Victoria's Eric Hedlin received the men's award.