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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.

—Alison Stolz



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