Isabelle Lei led the way with a pair of individual medals, and a pack of Marauders women swam to a total of 19 ‘A’ finals to push McMaster to team silver at the OUA Championships in St. Catharines Saturday.
Contributing a silver medal in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 400m freestyle, Lei also helped the 4x200m free relay team to bronze over the course of the three-day meet. Her team took a total of three medals in relays, and grabbed team silver for the first time since 2007.
McMaster’s women finished with 545 points as a group, beating out Western by just eight and a half points for the second spot on the podium.
The lone gold medal of the meet for the Marauders fell to Mitch Muizelaar, who successfully defended his OUA title in the 1500m freestyle event, while adding silver at 400m.
He was the leading light for the McMaster men, who reached four ‘A’ finals and finished fourth as a group with 336 points.
In addition to her two individual medals, Lei led all Marauders by advancing to four ‘A’ finals, including a fourth-placed finish in the 100m freestyle and sixth-placed finish at 200m.
The trio of veteran Hannah Dvorski and second-years Emma Schlyter and Veronica Nichol reached three ‘A’ finals apiece, while each contributing to McMaster’s podium finishes in the relays.
Dvorski cracked the top eight in all three backstroke disciplines available, finishing sixth at 50m, seventh at 100m and seventh at 200m, despite missing the opening day of competition due to illness.
Competing in the same freestyle and individual medley split as her teammate Lei, Schlyter finished fifth in the 400m freestyle, fifth in the 200m medley and fifth in the 400m medley.
For her part, Nichol was fourth in the 200m backstroke and sixth at 100m, while finishing eighth in the 200m freestyle.
Representing McMaster in the butterfly events, Sarah Little cracked two ‘A’ finals, and finished seventh in the 50m event and eighth at 100m.
Four Marauders made single ‘A’ finals, including Megan Romkes, who narrowly missed the podium in the 200m butterfly to finish fourth, Anna Kvedaras (100m breast), Aivrey McKinley (200m breast) and Cailyn Eley (100m butterfly).
On the men’s side, Muizelaar was the Marauders lone individual medalist, although he joined forces with Mohamad Jrab, Panagiotis Papangelakis and Kevork Baghdassarian to claim silver in the 4x200m free relay.
Racing alongside Muizelaar in the 1500m freestyle event, which forgoes the preliminary and final structure for a single timed round, Jrab finished fifth. He qualified for an ‘A’ final in the 400m and finished sixth.
His relay teammate Baghdassarian also qualified for an ‘A’ final, and finished eighth in the 100m butterfly.
The other two Marauders men to crack ‘A’ finals were Mony Tchervenelekov and Cesar Sosa Miranda, who did so in the 200m individual medley and 200m butterfly respectively. Challenging the medalists, Sosa Miranda finished fifth in a time of 2:06.30, while Tchervenelekov was eighth.
NEXT UP: Qualified Marauders head to Vancouver to compete in the U SPORTS Championships hosted by the University of British Columbia between Thursday, February 21 and Saturday, February 23.
Source: Fraser Caldwell