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Houssin ends Bison career in record-breaking style

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JENNA HOUSSIN closed out her five-year swimming career with the University of Manitoba Bisons Saturday night by breaking a 14-year-old team record while finishing eighth in the 50-metre breaststroke at the CIS championships in Vancouver.

The 22-year-old Houssin swam a time of 32.72 seconds to beat Debbie Matejicka's mark of 33.44, set in 1995.

Bisons head coach Vlastik Cerny said that Houssin has improved each year with the Bisons, but that Saturday's record performance was special.

"She actually turned in a great performance, taking almost a second off of her best time. Jenna has hung in there for five years, and it was always her goal to make it into a final at the CIS," he said.

"When I came to university swimming, I didn't even know what CIS was," laughed Houssin when she arrived back in Winnipeg on Sunday. "In my first year, I qualified 26th, and now to get into the final eight was great."

Houssin went on to say finishing off her university career in the top eight and breaking the team record, was both "amazing and sad. That (breaking the record) was one of my goals right from the start of this season. There was a little bit of sadness there, but I ended the meet in eighth place, and shattered a great record. I hope that record will be around for a while."

Also turning in a record performance Saturday at UBC was Braeden Taylor. His victory in the 50-metre breast B final was timed at 29.01. The old record of 29.10, was set by Dustin Boyachek in 1990. Landice Yestrau finished with a 13th place in the 200m backstroke in a time of 2:18.26.

Taylor also had a pair of provincial records in the 200 breast (2:13.91; he held the old mark 2:14.56), and the 100 breast (1:02.39, old mark 1:02.89 by Dmytro Kraevskiy in 1997). Both times were also team records.

Houssin will represent the U of M in one more meet, March 11-14 at the Swim Canada spring national championships at the University of Toronto. Joining her there will be Taylor, Yestrau and Emma Gaudette.

The Bison women's team showed improvement, finishing 10th with 86 points. Last year they finished in a tie for 20th place.

Cerny said that making it into the top 10 for the women was a goal all year long, and having six swimmers qualify for the championships, as compared with two men, was a big plus.

"That makes a real difference, and our two relays swam quite well too. If you don't have relay teams, it is pretty difficult to make it into the top 10 standings," he said.

One other result from Saturday night saw the women's 4x100 medley relay team take 11th in a time of 4:24.05.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 23, 2009 C5

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