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February 25, 2010
  Top of the poolPDF files may take a moment to load

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 the first time at the University of Toronto.

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January 28, 2010
  One for twoPDF files may take a moment to load

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 at the weekend as a learning experience for his team.

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January 21, 2010
  Swimmers look to repeat as Canada West championsPDF files may take a moment to load

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 the Dinos have lost few from the teams that finished first (the ladies) and second (the men) overall in the country. However, this doesn't mean the Dinos are expecting to swim past the other schools with ease.

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February 26, 2009
  The golden age of Dinos swimmingPDF files may take a moment to load

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. This year's 2009 Canadian Interuniversity Swimming championships proved that the rivalry is as strong as ever.

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February 12, 2009
  Dinos have sights set on CIS goldPDF files may take a moment to load

If you've been in the vicinity of the University of Calgary Kinesiology complex, more specifically Baron's Court, over the past two weeks, you may have noticed an overwhelming presence of scruffy young men, perhaps in the process of eating a breakfast bagel or two.

If so, you have witnessed firsthand a small glimpse of the Dino men's swim-team in their final preparation for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships, which will begin Feb. 19 on the pool deck of the University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre.

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January 29, 2009
  Dinos win the westPDF files may take a moment to load

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 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds for first place and the second consecutive Canada West win for the Dino men.

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November 13, 2008
  Swim squad dominates invitational meetPDF files may take a moment to load

Famed Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

If there is truth in what Aristotle said, then what is becoming an early-season habit of victory for the University of Calgary Dinos swim team-- with their second win of rhe season-- could be an indicator of what to expect in the weeks to come.

The Dinos men's and women's team dominated the invitational meet they hosted last Friday.

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October 30, 2008
  Olympian splashes onto swim teamPDF files may take a moment to load

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 of the top competitors in Canadian waters.

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October 30, 2008
  Dinos dominate the pool in first meet of yearPDF files may take a moment to load

The first meet of the season was a roaring success for the University of Calgary Dinos swim team when they went head-to-head with the University of Alberta Golden Bears last Friday.

With Dinos swimmers placing first and second in 19 out of 26 races in the competition, there was no question who was the stronger team coming out of the battle of Alberta.

"We feasted on those Bears," said Dinos assistant coach Kevin Anderson, still beaming from the team's first win of the season, "We devoured them. No question."

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August 10, 2006
  Swimming DinosPDF files may take a moment to load

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 our team," Dinos swim coach Mike Blondal said of Gammel.

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