The McMaster Marauders women’s swimming team pulled off a narrow upset over the five-time defending Ontario University Athletics conference champion Western Mustangs.
The Marauders, hosts for the meet at the Ivor Wynne Centre, outscored their guests, 347-329. Mac’s men came second in their division. The Marauders also claimed supremacy in the relays, winning three of four (women’s and men’s 200-metre medley, men’s 200m free) on Sunday (Sept. 29).
McMaster’s women had 16 podium finishes to the start of the swimming season and were led by Kieran Liew and rookie Kiana Beaton, who each claimed two race wins. Liew dominated the back stroke events, topping the field at 50m and 100m, while Beaton did the same in the breast stroke.
Emma Mittermaier (50m free) and Virginia Hetherington (100m fly) were the other race winners for the Marauder women, while Carleen Ginter, Victoria Giglio, Olivvya Chow, Brittany Pask (2), Erin MacFadyen (2), Alyson Smith and Linda Chow also medalled. The combination of Beaton, MacFadyen and Smith swept the podium in the 50m breast stroke event.
Rookie Eric Anderson, competing in his first meet as a Marauder, achieved the national standard while winning the 50m butterfly event, and has qualified for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships. Anderson also graced the podium in the 200m freestyle event, finishing second.
And with his teammates, the Marauders claimed seven race wins and 17 podium finishes in total. Anderson’s gold in the 50m fly came alongside wins from Cam Bailey (100m IM), Mohammed Eldah (100m butterfly), Martyn Siek (50m breast), Matt Vogelzang (50m free), Cam Chow (100m back) and Konrad Bald (100m breast). Marc Muise (2), Ben Stubbs (2), Corey Helie-Masters and Ross Shepherd also reached the podium.
The Marauders will return to action on Oct. 12, when they will compete at the University of Buffalo’s annual invitational meet.