Four medals for swimmers
After a long, successful season, the Mustangs’ swimming
team brought home four medals from the Canadian Interuniversity
Sport championships this past weekend in Toronto. The Mustang men
placed fifth overall with 229 points, while the women treaded into
17th place with 23 points.
Brad Vanderkam swam strong, winning a gold medal in the 100 metre
butterfly and a bronze in the 50 m butterfly.
Vanderkam also contributed to the other two medals won at the
championship. The men’s 4x100 m freestyle relay team comprised
of Vanderkam, Matt Wood, Aaron Maszko and Ben Hedley placed third.
The 4x100 men’s medley relay team of Wood, Vanderkam, Hedley
and rookie Ryan Atkinson also grabbed a bronze medal.
“Those [men’s medals] were our main highlight of the
championship,” said coach Paul Midgley. “The women
also swam strong, although it was tough to get the points.”
Jen Manley was a gold medal competitor last year, and was looked
upon for her active leadership this season; however, during a meet
earlier this season she suffered an injury to her knee.
“Jen is a great leader. She put on a great performance and
came back in such a short time,” Midgley said. “She
really is a inspiration to our women’s team.”
Both the men’s and women’s team will be looking for
strong rookies for next year’s teams. “We hope that
we can make the dramatic leap of success that the men had this
year,” he said.