Taylor brings McMaster back to CIS swim podium

McMaster freshman Sarah Taylor (Stittsville) captured a silver medal in the 50m Fly at the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Swim championships.

Taylor had a time of 27.47 on Friday (Feb.190.

Taylor becomes the first McMaster swimmer to earn a CIS medal since Janet Cook (Saskatoon) was awarded a bronze in both the 100m Free and 50m Fly in 2001/2002. Her second place finish represents McMaster’s highest CIS swim performance since Cook earned a double-silver in the 100m Free and 50m Fly in 2000/2001.

(Cook was named an alternate to the Canadian Swim team for the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. She was twice named McMaster female athlete of the year before graduating in 2002 and in 2006 she was named to the Saskatoon Hall of Fame.)

Taylor also advanced to the B Final in the 50m Free, placing 12th in a time of 26.46.

McMaster first year engineering student Frank Despond (Millgrove) won the 400m Free B Final, placing ninth overall in a time 3:53.19. Earlier, he finished 10th overall in the 200m Free in a time of 1:50.31, to place second in the B Final.

Also at the meet, Brook Buckland (Hamilton) finished in 13th place in the women’s 50m backstroke in a time of 30.04.

McMaster qualified 21 swimmers for the championships. For complete results visit http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/swim.