Hi, Ked! I'll give you some general info I picked up over the years..
The answer is "maybe".
IF you allow VC to auto install, it will use your entire partition and wipe everything. IF you can manual install, and select the partitions, you have a chance. I just installed it, too, and can't remember if it's an option! I've also heard it's not a good idea somewhere. What I do, is partition using PartedMagic, and not allow any install to do it. That way, I can choose to place the parts in any order I choose. However, not all distros are that friendly. Most slack derivatives, are, however.
My usual way is to use PM (or any 3rd party partitioner) and make my first part the swap. Then I add 3 more about 10 G each for the various distros. I ALWAYS leave a chunk not allocated for moving stuff around. About 10 G on my rig. HTH>