Mac women, men swim teams make podiums

The McMaster women’s swim team finished in a tie for second at the Toronto Varsity Blues University Challenge Cup on Thursday (Nov. 22)

The men’s side took third place in their division.

The women started the meet with a first place finish in the 200-metre freestyle relay when the team of Sarah Taylor, Emma Mittermaier, Meg Sloan, and Emily Fung, finished in 1:44.01. In the 200 medley relay, Alex VanOmmen, Natasha Strass-Hundal, Kieran Liew and Fung were second behind Toronto with a time of 1:57.72.

Strass-Hundal earned a bronze in the 100 backstroke while in the 100 IM rookie Mittermaier was second with a time of 1:05.49. VanOmmen touched for second in the 100 breaststroke with a Canadian Interuniversity Sport qualifying time of 1:11.97.

Sarah Taylor also hit a CIS standard with a time of 57.17 in the 100 free, good for second place.

On the men’s side, the 200 free relay team of Konrad Bald, Jeff Braches, Marc Muise, and Ali Rizk placed third in a time of 1:34.67.

In the 100 fly, Marauder rookie Mohamed Eldah finished third with a time of 55.11, qualifying for CIS. Star swimmer Cameron Bailey took second place in the 100 IM, just 0.08 second behind the first place finisher with a time of 57.13.

Bald picked up another bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.89, good for CIS qualifying, and Bailey qualified, too, in the 100 free with a time of 50.70. Second-year Ben Stubbs was third place in the 200 IM at 2:09.27.

Final scores for the women’s side were 296 for the University of Toronto, with McMaster and the University of Alberta tied for second with 262 points each.

For the men, Toronto was victorious with 302 points. The University of Alberta was second with 281 and McMaster was third with 250 points.

The Marauders will also compete at the Canada Cup this weekend and some will travel to St. Catharines to take part in the Brock Cup.