Veteran, rookie have Pita-ful week


Sarah Taylor had an outstanding weekend for the Marauders swim team to warrant her selection as the McMaster female Pita Pit Athlete of the Week.

The veteran pool performer’s efforts began on Thursday (Nov. 22) at the University Challenge Cup in Toronto where she helped lead the Marauders to a second place overall finish. The Stittsville native was part of the relay team that won the 200 free relay and she qualified for Canadian Interuniversity Sport with a time of 57.17 in the 100 free, good for second place.

The next day, Taylor competed at the Canada Cup and again impressed. Her best of the day was a fourth place finish with the 200 medley relay team against some of Canada’s best swimmers. She took seventh place with her teammates in the 200 free relay, as well as the 50 free and she finished off her weekend with a 10th place finish in the 50 fly.

For the male Pita Pit award, freshman volleyball player Dany Demyanenko Jimenez was a key factor in both McMaster’s wins over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the Toronto native scored 11 points for the Marauders in their 3-1 win over Windsor that included six kills, four blocks and an ace in the Ontario University Athletics match.

On Sunday, the middle blocker was front and centre again, earning Player of the Game honours for his game-high 17 kills. He added two blocks and an ace for a total of an outstanding 20 points.