Marauders dredge Guelph pool for medals


(Photo: McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Eric Anderson continued his torrid start to his Marauder career, breaking a school record in the 50m backstroke, at the Ontario University Athletics Sprint Invitational in Guelph on Saturday (Oct. 19). Anderson’s time of 26.15 ranked him second in the country at that stroke and distance.

The recent transfer was not the only McMaster competitor to see their national stock rise, as Alexa Vanommen’s gold-medal-winning performance in the 50m breast stroke also ranked her second in the country.

McMaster collected 14 individual medals and 18 podium finishes in relays at the six-team meet.

Anderson, Cameron Bailey (100m IM), Evan Friend (50m breast), Marc Muise (50m fly), Vanommen, Emily Fung (50m free) and Virginia Hetherington (50m fly) each boasted an individual gold on Saturday. Kiana Beaton (50m breast), Olivvya Chow (100m IM), Jacqueline McDonald (50m free), Natasha Strass-Hundal (50m fly) and Matthew Vogelzang (50m free) added silver medals.

Completing the individual medal count were Kieran Liew (50m back) and Cory Woo (50m back) with bronze-medal-winning performances.

McMaster continued its dominance in the relays, claiming at least one podium position in each of Saturday’s relay events.

The Marauders won gold in the men’s 200m free (Mohamed Eldah, Ali Rizk, Corey Helie-Masters and Bailey), men’s 200m medley (Anderson, Ian Blechta, Vogelzang and Muise), men’s 400m medley (Anderson, Blechta, Vogelzang and Muise), women’s 200m free (Jacqueline McDonald, Liew, Carleen Ginter and Chow) and women’s 200m medley (Brittany Pask, Chow, Fung and Liew).

Silver medal relay performances included the men’s 100m free (Stubbs, Chow, Blake Kata-Carlson and Connor Gillespie-Friesen), men’s 100m medley (Vogelzang, Bailey, Blechta and Anderson), men’s 400m medley (Chow, Friend, Stubbs, Rizk), women’s 100m free (Ginter, Micayley Cromwell, McDonald and Kaitlyn Mitchell) and women’s 400m medley (Liew, Beaton, Hetherington and Fung).

Rounding out the relays with bronze were the Marauder teams in the 100m free (Rizk, Alex Alexopoulos, Eldah and Lloyd Mackinnon), 100m medley (Woo, Helie-Masters, Giancarlo Bresani and Muise), women’s 100m free (Victoria Giglio, Silken Walsh, Alyson Smith and Morgan McKendry), women’s 200m free (McKendry, Walsh, Cromwell and Smith), women’s 100m medley (Strass-Hundal, Beaton, Hetherington and Kristin Buchanon), women’s 200m medley (Giglio, Beaton, Buchanon and Mitchell) and women’s 400m medley (Pask, Smith, Giglio and Strass-Hundal).

McMaster returns to competition on Nov. 16-17, when the Marauders host the Tihanyi Division Championships.