Mac finds gold in Toronto pool


Toronto – McMaster Marauders returned home with 21 medals but lost the overall title to the host No. 2 Toronto Varsity Blues in a dual swim meet gearing up for the Ontario University Athletics championships in early February.

Coming out on top for the Marauders on Saturday (Jan. 14) was Cameron Bailey, who picked up three gold medals.

He won gold in the 100 free with a Canadian Interuniversity Sports qualifying time of 51.60 and placed first in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.89. Bailey’s third gold medal came in the 400 free relay when he teamed up with Matt Vogelzang, Michael MacDonald and Konrad Bald to beat Toronto’s 400 free A team by more than a second. The squad swam the race with a time of 3:29.92.

Sarah Taylor, the only female to capture a gold medal at the meet, added to the Mac total by winning the 50 fly. The veteran swimmer swam a CIS qualifying time of 29.13.

Other Marauder highlights included silver for the women in the 200 free relay team of Meg Sloan, Emily Fung, Linda Chow and Taylor. Erin MacFadyen nabbed a silver in the 200 breast with a time of 2:41.29, Natasha Strass-Hundal earned a silver in the 50 back and Taylor won her third medal of the day in the 50 free with a CIS qualifying time of 26.97.

The McMaster women’s 200 medley relay team of Strass-Hundal, Taylor, Fung, and Alex VanOmmen won silver with a time of 2:03.00 and in the 400 free relay, Sloan, Chow, Jessica MacKenzie and Sara Thompson won silver with a time of 4:08.22.

For the men, Ian Blechta earned a silver in the 200 breast and Bald took home silver in the 50 breast with a CIS qualifying time of 29.72.

The Marauders will host the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday, March 21 at McMaster University.