While no Marauders will be competing in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the recent Canadian Olympic Trials in Montreal turned out to be a fantastic experience for the McMaster swimmers who competed, as several personal best times were blown out of the water by the team in Maroon.
The McMaster highlight of the meet was the performance of Alex Parent who captured the bronze medal in the para-swimming 50-metre freestyle event, lowering his personal best time by 0.53 seconds. Parent also qualified for the A finals in the 200 metre individual medley and the 100m butterfly, lowering his best time in both races. His time of 1:07.47 for the 100m butterfly was almost 10 seconds faster than his previous best.
Other top efforts were produced by Matthew Vogelzang, who lowered his best in the 100m butterfly by over two seconds, just missing qualifying for the A final in the event by 7/100ths of a second. Vogelzang also swam a personal best in the 100m freestyle, with a time of 53.11.
Konrad Bald qualified for the B final in the 100m breaststroke and swam a lifetime best of 1:04.34.
Mike McDonald’s time in the 50m freestyle was a best ever 24.78.
Ian Blechta lowered his personal best in the 100m breaststroke, swimming it in 1:06.09.
Ben Stubbs shaved over two seconds off his best–ever time in the 200m individual medley, coming in at 2:11.30.
Cameron Bailey had a personal best in the 200m backstroke, lowering his time by almost four seconds to 2:12.80.
Natasha Strass Hundal lowered her previous best time in the 50m freestyle, touching at 28.19 seconds.
Alex Van Ommen swam her personal best for the 200m individual medley with a time of 2:41.43.
Erin MacFadyen had a tremendous swim in the 100m breaststroke, beating her previous personal best by over two seconds and finishing in 1:15.06.
The McMaster swimmers will now focus on the upcoming exam period before resuming training for a busy summer that will help prepare the team for the 2012-13 varsity season.