Mac swimmers finish in top 10 in national finals


(Photo: Martin Bazyl/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Martin Bazyl/McMaster Athletics)

Cameron Bailey and Konrad Bald both claimed bronze medals, and 18 McMaster Marauders swam in finals at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships in Toronto.

Bailey’s bronze in the 200m IM and Bald’s similarly-coloured medal in the 50m breast stroke event led the McMaster men to a fourth-place finish in the team standings, while McMaster’s women finished 10th during competitions Feb. 20-22.

Eric Anderson was the busiest Marauder over the course of the meet, competing in seven finals and narrowly missing medals as part of the 4x200m free and 4x100m medley relay teams, with each finishing fourth. The third-year transfer student’s best individual performance came in the 100m fly, where he placed seventh in 53.70. He added a ninth-place finish in the 200m fly, and was 10th in the 50m variety.

With two top-10 individual finishes, Ben Stubbs made a contribution to McMaster’s team score by placing seventh in the 400m individual medley and ninth in the 200m backstroke event. Ian Blechta also weighed in with a top-10 result, finishing 10th in the 200m breast stroke.

On the women’s side, veteran Sarah Taylor cracked the top 10 in two separate individual disciplines, finishing seventh in the 50m free and 10th in the 50m backstroke. She swam the lead leg in the 4x100m free relay, where the Marauders finished eighth, and as part of the 4x100m medley relay team which finished ninth.

Rookie backstroke specialist Brittany Pask notched a top-10 finish of her own in the 50m backstroke event, finishing eighth. Meanwhile, Alexa Vanommen competed in her final meet as a Marauder, and finished ninth in the 50m breast stroke event.

OVERALL TEAM STANDINGS

Men

1. Toronto, 690 points
2. UBC, 609.5
3. Calgary, 405
4. McMaster, 209.5
5. Western, 200
6. Montreal, 188
7. Victoria, 175
8. Alberta, 162
9. Laval, 149.5
10. Dalhousie, 120
11. Ottawa, 103
12. McGill, 94.5
13. Lethbridge, 93
14. Guelph, 67
15. Manitoba, 62
16. Acadia, 25
17. Waterloo, 20
18. UQTR, 10
19. Laurier, 4
20. Memorial, 2

Women

1. UBC, 802.5 points
2. Montreal, 405
3. Calgary, 328
4. Toronto, 286
5. Western, 265.5
6. Laval, 208
7. McGill, 189
8. Ottawa, 172
9. Alberta, 156
10. Dalhousie, 116
10. McMaster, 101
12. Guelph, 101
13. Victoria, 97
14. UQTR, 46
15. Sherbrooke, 39
16. Wilfrid Laurier, 30
17. Manitoba, 14
18. UNB, 12
19. UQAM, 12
20. Brock, 9
21. Lethbridge, 8
22. Regina, 5
22. Waterloo, 4