Top of the pool

When Mike Blondal assumed a position as a coach for the University of Calgary swim team in 1989, the Dinos women had never won a championship banner. Fast forward 21 years; the Dinos swimming teams rewrote the history books this past weekend by winning the men’s and women’s national Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship banners for… Continue reading Top of the pool

One for two

Dinos swimming head coach Mike Blondal is disappointed with the results over the weekend, but he’s not despairing. The Dinos only came home with one banner from the Canada West swimming championships at the University of Lethbridge after the men successfully defended their title, but the women lost by a narrow 15 points. Blondal looks… Continue reading One for two

Swimmers look to repeat as Canada West champions

It’s a fairly safe thing to say that the Dinos are favourites to repeat as Canada West champions in swimming this weekend at the University of Lethbridge, for both the men’s and women’s sides. Their top rival, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, have 14 new swimmers on their roster and a new coach and… Continue reading Swimmers look to repeat as Canada West champions

The golden age of Dinos swimming

The history of sport is one full of rivalries– the Calgary Flames versus the Edmonton Oilers, Muhammed Ali versus Joe Frazier and, of course, the Calgary Stampeders versus the Edmonton Eskimos. The swimming rivalry between the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the University of Calgary Dinos has been over a decade in the making.… Continue reading The golden age of Dinos swimming

Dinos win the west

Breanna Hendriks, second-year University of Calgary Dino and all-star middle-distance and distance freestyler, remembers how good it felt to claim both the men’s and women’s Canada West titles last year, amongst uproarious cheers, high-fives and hugs from all the Dino swimmers and coaching staff. ‘It was the first time the Dino women had beaten the… Continue reading Dinos win the west

Olympian splashes onto swim team

Listing her accomplishments, it’s easy to forget that University of Calgary Dinos swim team rookie Erica Morningstar is only 19-years-old. “I don’t consider myself a veteran of the sport,” laughed Morningstar. “I’m the same age or younger than most of the girls on the varsity team.” Despite her age, she’s well accustomed to being one… Continue reading Olympian splashes onto swim team

Swimming Dinos

Veteran swimmer Erin Gammel has announced she will return to the Dinos swim team in 2006-07 for her final year of eligibility. She has competed globally in the World University Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cups, World Championships and the 2004 Olympic Games. Gammel holds the Canadian record in the backstroke.“Erin brings maturity and leadership to… Continue reading Swimming Dinos