Mac swimmers take charge

Strong performances at Ontario University Athletics swimming championships had a ripple effect for two McMaster Marauders.

Emma Mittermaier’s and Konrad Bald’s golden efforts were followed by their selections at the McMaster Athletes of the Week.

Mittermaier,_EmmaMittermaier shone at the OUA championships in her rookie season, claiming two individual golds in freestyle (50 metres and 100m) and a third as a member of McMaster’s 200m freestyle relay team whose finish stood as a provincial record.

The first-year Marauder also added a silver medal to her tally on the final day of competition as a member of the 400m freestyle relay team, as the McMaster women finished third in the overall standings.

Bald_KonradBald led the Marauder men’s swimmers at the meet with two gold medals – and four podium finishes in total – while setting a provincial record in the 50m breaststroke. The Marauder veteran demonstrated his mastery of the stroke, winning gold at both 50 and 100 metres, and was in two silver medal-winning freestyle relays (200m and 400m).

Bald’s efforts were a central part of McMaster’s impressive team-wide showing at the championships, as the Marauder men won team silver behind the Varsity Blues.