The McMaster swim teams took top spots for both men and women at the Brock Badger Invitational held Sunday (Oct. 19) in St. Catharines.
In competition with teams from Guelph, Waterloo, and the host, the Mac men collected 211 points to finish ahead of Waterloo (148), while on the women’s side the Marauders scored 226 points to out-distance Guelph (173).
For the men, Eric Anderson had a rewarding day with three gold medals (100-fly, 200-free, 50-medley relay) and two silver medals (100-free, 50-free relay). Other Marauders making the podium included:
Cameron Chow, gold (200-back) and bronze (100-back); Nathan Boucher, bronze (200-back); Mohamed Eldah, gold (100-back), silver (200-back and 200-IM); Lloyd Mackinnon, silver (200-fly), bronze (200-IM); Mark Muise, gold (50-free relay); Kurt Schubert, silver (100-back); Martyn Siek, bronze (100-free); Dominic Walter, silver (400-free); and Cory Woo, silver (50-medley relay).
For the women’s team, Emma Mittermaier swam to two gold medals (100-fly, 200-fly) while Brittany Pask also collected two golds (100-back, 50-medley relay) and a bronze medal (200-IM).
Other McMaster medalists were: Olivvya Chow, gold (200-IM), silver (100-fly), and bronze (50-Free relay); Micayley Cromwell, silver (200-free), bronze (100-fly); Hannah Dvorski, silver (100-bBack and 200-fly); Emily Fung, bronze (200-free); Victoria Giglio, bronze (200-fly); Carleen Ginter, gold (400-free);
Kieran Liew, silver (200-back, 50-medley relay), bronze (100-back); and Nina Varah, bronze (100-free)
The results at Brock were some of the best early season times the Marauders have ever posted, said head coach Andrew Cole.
On the Saturday before heading to Brock, McMaster hosted a dual meet with Ontario University Athletics champion Toronto Varsity Blues. While the powerful Blues narrowly won the meet for both men (194.5 to 171.5) and women (207 to 179), the Marauders pushed Toronto hard and had some great performances, which bodes well for the future.
The Mac swimmers will continue to train before heading across the U.S. border for their next competition at the University of Buffalo Invitational on Nov. 8.