Swimmers finish second in weekend meet

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western men's swimming

Jon Purdy

"DON'T DRINK THE WATER, THERE'S BLOOD IN THE WATER." Okay, that's a lie, but DMB is pretty awesome. In other news, Western swimmer Nick Topolie and his team dominated at the Campbell Division Championships this past weekend at the London Aquatic Centre.

This past weekend, the Mustangs swim team competed for the Campbell Division championship at the London Aquatic Centre and had excellent results.

Overall, both the Western men and women’s sides finished in second, with a women’s score of 801 points and a men’s score of 737.50.

The women set a new record in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay with a time of 1:47.84, breaking the old University of Toronto record from 2004. The relay team was comprised of Susan Long, Micaela Hogland, Nadia Kumentas and Hayley Nell.

Hogland was excited about her team’s success.

“[The meet] was pretty cool,” she said. “We got the [Ontario University Athletics] record. [Today] was a lot better than two weeks ago.”

Unfortunately, in the men’s 4 x 50m, the Mustangs narrowly missed the record by .56 seconds. The team of Chris Bento, David Barkley, Jonathan Calderon and Luke Kikot finished in a time of 1:37.65.

In the women’s 400m individual medley, Lenore Chesworth finished in second place with a time of 5:03.32. She has her eye set on the Canadian Interuniversity Sport prize.

“CIS [championships] are in Victoria this year ... so that’s pretty exciting for us to go all the way out there,” Chesworth said. “We want to try to get as many people from our team out there this year.”

Kumentas is also looking forward to Nationals, but stressed the importance of swimming well this past weekend in order to get there.

“This is the meet where most people are trying to make [the CIS cut],” Kumentas said.

Also on the men’s side, Western’s Graeme Plant finished in fourth place in the men’s 400m individual medley. Western’s Ryan Atkison won the men’s 50m backstroke with a time of 26.62, marginally missing the seeded time of 26.30.

Nell was another standout, with another first-place finish in the women’s 200m freestyle. Bento on the men’s side completed the same race in 1:57.07 with a second-place standing.

In the women’s 100m butterfly, two Mustangs were neck-in-neck: Kumentas and Hogland finished in third and fourth place, respectively.

The women’s 100m breaststroke had some quality finishes as well. Christina Malezis won the race and Kimmi Labbett came fourth, following in hot pursuit.

In the women’s 50m freestyle, Nell dominated the pack, finishing a full second ahead of Toronto Varsity Blues swimmer Katie Davis. Nell created a wave with her time of 26.59, with Long close behind in third place.

The men’s team cleaned up with Calderon completing the 50m freestyle in 24.23, earning a first place finish. Bento was not far behind, finishing second. Overall, Bento was happy with the team’s performance.

“We won both of the relays, so that’s good,” Bento said.

For the men’s 100m freestyle, the Mustangs dominated with six swimmers in the top 12 positions. Barkley led the way in fifth place and following him were Kikot, Bento, Nick Topolie, Calderon, and Scott Kowalczewski. Alex Kruzk finished in 18th place and Kyle Orrick finished in the 27th spot.

Western head coach Paul Midgley said Toronto is the major competitor this season, as with previous seasons, but that his team is sure to give them a tough run.

“OUA championships are the second week of February and those are at the University of Toronto. [They are] the favourite,” he said. “They almost win it every year. But we will give them a run for their money.”

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