McMaster swimmers surprise coach

The McMaster Marauders’ swim teams had one of their best morning swims ever in the opening session of the 2011 Ontario University Athletics championship on Thursday (Feb. 10) in Guelph.

Erin MacFayden (Orillia) won the preliminary heat of the 200 metre breaststroke in a 6.5 second lifetime best time, beating the McMaster record by three seconds in the process. She was seeded at 2:39.37 and finished in a time of 2:33.87 to give her the top seed in the finals. More amazing is that her best career time entering the season had been 2:48.

In 43 races the Marauders swam to 35 lifetime best performances with 23 swimmers advancing to the ‘A’ finals.

Nine swimmers added new swims to qualify them for the 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship. Jessica Mackenzie (Innisfill) had a five second lifetime best time in the 400 free to advance to the ‘A’ final and qualified for the CIS championship.

Men’s team captain Michael McDonald (Kingston) improved a full 10 seconds on his seed in the 400m free to finish with a time of 4:03.76 to advance to the ‘A’ final as well.

Commenting on the Marauders first session performance head coach Andrew Cole stated, “I don’t think I have ever seen improvements at a meet like this before.”

The University of Guelph will be webcasting the OUA Swimming Championship live online via the SSN Canada website at For live results of each race, please visit