Opening day brings Mac 8 swim medals

Sudbury, Ont. – McMaster collected eight medals on opening day of Ontario University Athletics swimming championships at Laurentian University. The Marauders total included two golds, four silvers and two bronzes.

The first place finishes on Thursday (Feb 9) came from the men’s side. Ben Stubbs completed the 200 fly in 2:01.61, more than three seconds faster than his time in the preliminaries. The second-year beat out two strong Toronto swimmers for the highest place on the podium.

Matthew Vogelzang followed that performance with a gold medal effort in the 50 free. Beating out five Toronto swimmers, the Marauder came out on top with a time of 22.93.

The 200 freestyle relay teams for the men’s and women’s sides finished with a silver. The women’s team of Sarah Taylor, Emily Fung, Linda Chow and Natasha Strass-Hundal fell just behind the Mustangs with a time of 1:45.92. The men’s team of Vogelzang, Michael MacDonald, Jeff Braches, and Konrad Bald came just 0.09 seconds short of the gold behind the Toronto Varsity Blues with a time of 1:32.64.

Marauder Cameron Bailey captured his first medal of the meet with silver in the 400 free with a time of 3:53.66. McMaster’s last silver of the day came from Sarah Taylor in the 50 freestyle. The veteran Marauder swimmer swam faster than the Mustangs’ gold medal winner in the preliminaries, but was beat out in the finals by less than 0.3 seconds.

In the 200 breaststroke, Alexandra VanOmmen took bronze in 2:33.95.

McMaster’s last medal of the day came in the final event, the men’s 800 free relay. The Marauders won bronze with a time of 7:36.50. The relay team was made up of MacDonald, Bailey, Stubbs and John Rasmussen.

The OUA championships continue through Saturday and can be seen streaming live all weekend on SSN Canada.