Eric Anderson took home two individual gold medals, and accomplished a Canadian Interuniversity Sport qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke, as the McMaster swimming teams competed against National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I teams at the Western New York Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 12).
The second-year transfer from the University of Denver was a mere six tenths of a second off the pool record in his CIS-qualifying swim. That Anderson had to challenge a pool record to achieve a national standard is a testament to the difficulty of qualification at the CIS level.
McMaster collected 19 medals at Saturday’s event, while competing against three NCAA Division I schools.
Anderson added a third gold as a member of McMaster’s men’s 200-yard medley relay team, alongside Konrad Bald, Mohammed Eldah and Matt Vogelzang. Cameron Bailey and rookie Olivvya Chow took top honours in the 200-yard individual medley events, while Virginia Hetherington (200-yard back) and Kieran Liew (100-yard back) also claimed gold.
Anderson, Bailey and Vogelzang added a silver medal to their combined tally, this time alongside Marc Muise in the 200-yard free relay. Vogelzang (50-yard free), Bald (100-yard breast) and Carleen Ginter (1000-yard free) each won individual silver medals, while the team of Chow, Hetherington, Brittany Pask and Emma Mittermaier finished second in the 200-yard medley relay.
Mittermaier picked up her second medal of the day with a bronze in the 50-yard freestyle, while Vogelzang won a bronze for his fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. Chow had her second medal in the IM with a bronze at the 400-yard distance, while Cory Woo (200-yard back), Kiana Beaton (200-yard breast) and Pask (100-yard back) each had individual bronze medals.
Jacqueline McDonald, Kaitlyn Mitchell, Liew and Ginter combined to claim bronze in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Competition against NCAA Division I teams has long been a goal of the McMaster swimming program, and coach Andrew Cole was very pleased with his team’s showing against such strong opposition in New York.
The Marauders return to competition on Saturday, when they travel to Guelph for the yearly Ontario University Athletics sprints.