Swimmer Eric Anderson broke two individual McMaster school records in the backstroke, and was part of a third record-breaking performance in the 200-metre medley relay, at the Marauders Tihanyi Division Championships on the weekend (Nov. 16-17).
Anderson finished the event with three gold medals and a silver, as McMaster finished second in both the men’s and women’s team standings behind defending Ontario University Athletics champions, the Toronto Varsity Blues.
Anderson’s time of 25.97 in the 50m backstroke event bettered the record he set at the OUA Sprint Invitational a month ago, and easily propelled him to a gold-medal finish on Saturday afternoon. He added his second gold medal of the meet just four events later, topping the field in the 100m butterfly.
Early in the second session of the weekend on Sunday morning, Anderson joined Konrad Bald, Mo Eldah and Matt Vogelzang to break a Marauder team record – and win yet another gold medal – in the 200m medley relay. He raced to a silver medal in the 200m butterfly event, before capping his meet with a third gold, and third Marauder record, in the 100m backstroke.
Brittany Pask had the lone individual gold for the Marauder women, winning the 50m backstroke event with a time of 29.13 that broke a McMaster record and qualified the rookie swimmer for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships. She joined Alexa Vanommen, Natasha Strass-Hundal and Emily Fung to claim silver in the 200m medley relay on Sunday.
McMaster had a total of 33 podium finishes over the course of the two-day event, as both the men’s and women’s teams were narrowly edged by Toronto. Their performances, particularly given that the Marauders did not taper their training for the divisional meet, were encouraging for the coaching staff.
The teams return to competition this weekend, travelling to St. Catharines for the Brock Cup on Saturday (Nov. 23). The event will offer an opportunity for athletes to acclimatize themselves to the Brock facilities where the OUA finals will be staged in February.