Veterans showed their true colours for the Marauders, as the McMaster swimming teams ran the gauntlet of the OUA Swimming Championships hosted by the Toronto Varsity Blues between Thursday and Saturday.
Mac’s women excelled, led by a multiple-podium performance from Olivvya Chow and the trademark freestyle dominance of Emma Mittermaier, en route to winning team bronze with a total of 413 points.
The men boasted several finalists across the three-day event, finishing fifth with 251 points.
Chow was the talk of the meet for McMaster, winning the team’s lone gold medal on Day 3 with a time of 32.11 in the 50m breast stroke. She had already secured silver at 100m, while finishing fifth at 200m to cement her spot as one of the conference’s leading specialists in the stroke.
The team’s third individual medal came courtesy of Mittermaier, who won bronze in the 100m freestyle event in a time of 56.07. She narrowly missed the podium at 100m, finishing fourth, and added another strong final in the 100m butterfly event, where she finished fifth and improved upon her preliminary time in the process.
In recognition of her decorated career, Mittermaier was among those honoured with the Graduating Athlete Award of Distinction at Saturday’s closing ceremonies.
A traditional strength of the Marauders, their women’s relay teams came through in the clutch yet again over the course of the weekend.
Putting their stamp on the freestyle relays, Mac won silver in the 4x50m (Hannah Dvorski, Chow, Jackie McDonald and Mittermaier), bronze in the 4x100m (Sabrina Wang, Chow, McDonald and Mittermaier) and finished fourth in the 4x200m (Wang, Micayley Cromwell, Nina Varah and Victoria Giglio).
The group of Dvorski, Chow, McDonald and Mittermaier struck again for silver in the 4x100m medley relay.
Source: Fraser Caldwell