The Simon Fraser University women's swimming team won seven titles at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championship this past week, while the men's team posted its first-ever conference title at La Mirada, California last weekend.
Mariya Chekanovych of Burnaby shared in five of the women's titles, including a pair of individual wins in breaststroke.
Chekanovych set a new conference record of 1: 01.85 with the fastest time in the NCAA this year in the 100yard breaststroke.
The Burnaby swimmer also won the 200-yd. breast, just missing a second conference record.
Chekanovych also shared gold on three winning relay teams.
The first team title came on Thursday in the 200yd. medley relay, where the team of Kristine Lawson, Chekanovych, Alexandria Schofield and Nicole Cossey won with a new school record time of 1: 44.51.
In the women's 400-yd. medley, Lawson, Schofield, Cossey and Chekanovych teamed up again to win in a time of 3: 46.13, falling just over a half-second shy of the Division II A standard.
Chekanovych also helped the Clan 400-yd. freestyle relay team of Lawson, Konrad, Cossey and Chekanovych to first place over the University of California San Deigo.
Cossey also won an individual title, taking first place in the 100-yd. free over the NCAA No. 3-ranked swimmer for her first individual conference title.
Carman Nam also won for SFU, taking the 400individual medley in a time of 4: 27.80, shaving more than four seconds off her preliminary race time.
Julian Monks recorded the first men's conference win for the Clan in the team's young history in the Pacific conference, winning the 100-yd. breast in a time of 55.71 seconds. Monks was also third in the men's 200-yd. breast.
One other Clan male swimmer made it to the finals. Dimitar Ivanov took second in the 200-yd, backstroke.
- tberridge@burnabynow. com
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