Mac swimmers continue to impress at OUA Championship

Cameron Bailey won gold in the 200m Individual Medley in at time of 2:02.99 at the 2011 Ontario University Athletics Swimming Championship Friday (Feb. 11). Michael McDonald and Ben Stubbs were also medalists for the Marauders finishing third in the 100m freestyle and 200m backstroke respectively.

For the McMaster women, Sarak Taylor finished third in the 50m butterfly and Erin MacFadyen finished third in the 100m breaststroke. The women’s 400m medley relay team finished in third.

Continuing on their streak of remarkable performances, the Marauders won gold in the evening session. The women’s 200m freestyle relay won gold to start things off. Their swim of 1:46.54 was a MAC record with teammates Brooke Buckland (Dundas), Sarah Taylor (Stittsville), Meg Sloan (St. Thomas.) and Natasha Strass Hundal (Markham).

Erin McFadyen (Orillia) was remarkable handling the pressure as a first year athlete to once again swim another lifetime best performance winning gold in the 200 breaststroke in 2:33.5. This is a 15 second improvement since her arrival to McMaster just six months ago.

Matthew Vogelzang (Waterford) swam to gold in the 50 freestyle with a time 23.43 and Cameron Bailey (Hamilton) the silver in 23.64. Both were part of the silver medal 200 freestyle relay with David Landry (Peterborough) and freshman Jeff Braches (Orangeville) coming within 18 one-hundredths of the gold.

In addition to Sarah Taylor splitting 25.9 in the relay for gold, she won a silver in the same individual event in 26.24

Freshman Ben Stubbs (Markham) won the bronze medal in the 200 butterfly improving four seconds in his lifetime best time with 2:02.6 just 20 minutes after swimming the final in the 100 backstroke and swimming another best time with 56.84

The mens 4 x 200 also won bronze qualifying for the CIS Championships by more than seven seconds. Michael MacDonald lead the event off qualifying individually, Glen Brown (Hamilton) swam to a lifetime best, the Cameron Bailey swam to his best in 1:49.9 and senior Nathan Cox (Blenheim) anchored with his lifetime best time.

Noteworthy were other Marauder swimmers qualifying for the CIS Championship. Konrad Bald improved 15 seconds in the 200 breaststroke to 2:21.6 seconds. Ian Blechta (Sudbury) also swam to the 7th fastest time in 2:20.1 to earn a berth at the CIS Championship.

Other athletes that qualified in the morning session were Jessica MacKenzie (Barrie) 400 freestyle, Sean Bell (Barrie) 200 breaststroke, Louisa Chan (Vancouver), Lynnaea Mulligan (Vancouver) and Matt Vogelzan (Brantford). This now brings the total to 21 CIS National qualifiers finishing the first of the three day conference championship