McMaster women make waves at Guelph swim meet


The McMaster women’s swim team came home Ontario University Athletics Tihanyi/Stratten Divisional Champions after competing over the weekend in Guelph. The team beat Toronto and Guelph for first place with 1,006 points.

McMaster’s men’s team finished second in its division behind a strong Toronto squad with 887 points.

In the 50-metre freestyle event, veteran Sarah Taylor and rookie Emma Mittermaier finished first and second for the Marauders with times of 25.93 and 26.39, respectively. Mittermaier continued her successful meet with a gold in the 100 free over two Varsity Blues. She swam in 57.13, beating her seed time. Veteran Meg Sloan earned a third place finish in the 200 free and Louisa Chan nailed a bronze in the 800 free.

In the 200 backstroke, Virginia Hetherington added a silver medal to McMaster’s collection, swimming a 2:18.34. Taylor won her second gold medal in the 50 fly with a time of 28.45 and Mittermaier got on the board again with a bronze in the 100 fly. Chan added another bronze to her collection with a third place finish in the 200 individual medley at 2:25.67.

The Marauders dominated the breaststroke on the women’s side with Alex VanOmmen winning the 50m event in 33.25 and rookie Rebecca Ngu grabbing the bronze VanOmmen also won gold in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.39 and would take second place in the 200.

The women’s team completed their successful meet by winning all three relay events. In the 200 free, the team of Taylor, Mittermaier, Emily Fung and Natasha Strass-Hundal swam in 1:45.09 for gold. In the 400, Taylor, Mittermaier and Fung took another gold along with Sloan in a time of 3:50.34. Lastly, in the 200 medley relay the Marauders took first in a time of 1:57.33 thanks to Strass-Hundal, VanOmmen, Taylor and Fung.

On the men’s side in the 400 free, Cameron Bailey won a bronze medal in a time of 4:06.20. McMaster’s only other medal in the freestyle event came from Calum Coley in the 1500 free with a time of 16:40.75.

In the 100 backstroke, Cameron Chow earned a bronze with a time of 59.00, just 11 milliseconds behind the second place finisher. Ben Stubbs took third place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.46.

In the breaststroke events, Konrad Bald won three medals including a gold in the 50m. His time was 29.12. Two bronzes came from swam a 1:34.22 to finish behind Toronto. The four Marauders pulled off the same result in the 400 with a time of 3:28.21. Finally, in the 200 medley relay, Bald, Braches, Cory Woo and Mohamed Eldah took second in 1:44.78.

The Marauders have a busy weekend coming up as they will compete at the University Challenge in Toronto as well as the Canada Cup.