The preparations for championship season continued for the McMaster Marauder swim teams over the weekend, as they competed at a dual meet hosted by Laurier on Sunday (Jan. 27).
McMaster came away from the six-team event with 14 first-place performances, and outscored the field on both the men’s and women’s side.
The team of Kieran Lieuw, Erin MacFadyen, Virginia Hetherington and Madeleine Tam took gold in the women’s 200m medley relay, and Lieuw would later join forces with Natasha Strass-Hundal, Meg Sloan and Emily Fung to grab first-place in the 200m freestyle relay.
Jessica MacKenzie (400m individual medley), Sarah Taylor (200m individual medley and 100m backstroke), Alexandra Vanommen (50m breaststroke) and Lynnaca Mulligan added golds for the Marauder women on Sunday.
Rookies Mohamed Eldah and Marc Muise featured prominently for the Marauder men, grabbing three first-place finishes each.
Eldah – fresh from his participation in the New South Wales Age Group Championship in Australia – was part of the McMaster 200m medley relay team, along with Cory Woo, Konrad Bald and Jeff Braches, that grabbed gold early in the meet. The first-year later won the 100m freestyle event before combining with Muise, Bald and Cam Bailey to top the podium in the 200m freestyle relay.
Muise added individual golds in the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley events.
Bailey (400m individual medley) and Conor Gillespie-Friesen (200m breaststroke) brought home the other first-place finishes for the Marauder men.
McMaster’s teams will now take a week away from competition to ready themselves for the Ontario University Athletics championships, which will be held at the University of Toronto from Feb. 7-9.