AUS Amby Leger Swim Meet wraps up on positive note for UNB swimmers

AUS Amby Leger Swim Meet wraps up on positive note for UNB swimmers
This past weekend the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hosted the Dalhousie Tigers, UPEI Panthers, Acadia Axemen and the Mount Alison Mounties at the V-Reds annual AUS Amby Leger Swim Meet. The Varsity Reds finished second in combined team scores behind the Dal Tigers, as well as recording a second place in the women’s team points and a fourth place in the men's.

The Amby Leger swim meet is the first of the season in Atlantic University Sport swim competition - and as a result there are never great expectations for fast times or for record setting times in the venerable twenty-five meter Sir Max Aitken Pool.

However, senior Danielle Losier of Fredericton had other ideas. Swimming the final session of the weekend and in her final home meet, she set a new UNB record in the 100 metre individual medley with a time of 1:06.83, breaking her own previous record of 1:07.30.  She also qualified for the CIS Championship in the 50 meter breaststroke with a time of :33.59 – CIS qualifying time is :34.01.

“This morning was my best session of the meet and I’m really, really happy with it,” said Losier, "It just really takes the pressure off [qualifying for CIS] going into the Dalhousie Invitational so I can just go there and focus on racing."
Losier took it relatively easy this summer and started off the season well rested and healthy.

"I think it really helped my mind set, definitely.  I took a lot of time off because I really needed a little break – swimming is such a high pressure, demanding sport and I've been swimming the past five years straight through, every summer - so I needed a mental break.  I’m definitely in a better mindset - I’m ready to race and I’m excited to race.”

Along with Losier, Monica MacDonald (Fredericton), Melisa Hilchey (Sackville, NS) and Shauna Manning (Coldbrook, NS) all swam in their last home meet at UNB. 

"They have all been such an integral part of the Varsity Reds for the past four or five years, they’ll definitely be a big loss,” said head coach Robin Ferdinand of her seniors. However, as any good coach would, Ferdinand has a great crop of young student-athletes ready to step up.

"I’m really pleased with how the first year athletes did at this meet - they were all close to their life-time best times.  It’s a big adjustment from age group swim meets to university meets, and they made the transition really well,” said Ferdinand, who was also happy with the performance of her second and third year swimmers.

"They did well. Jessica Leblanc trained really hard this summer so I figured she’d come back pretty fast this year and Katelyn Young had some good swims as well.”

On the men’s side, Chris Garcelon also had a very good meet this weekend finishing second in both the 50 meter free and 50 meter backstroke.  As well, he finished first in the 50 meter breaststroke with a time of :30.72 more than a full second ahead of second place.
Notable finishes for UNB:
50 Meter Free
2nd Chris Garcelon            :24.36
200 Meter IM
2nd Danielle Losier            2:29.49
100 Meter Butterfly
1ST Kaitlyn Young              1:07.76
200 Free Relay (women)
2nd UNB                                                1:50.69
200 Free Relay (men)
3rd UNB                                                1:42.50
100 Meter Free
2nd Jessica Leblanc           1:01.06
50 Meter Backstroke
2nd Chris Garcelon            :29.33
100 Meter Breaststroke
1st Danielle Losier             1:15.53
200 Meter Butterfly
2nd Katelyn Young            2:27.36
200 Medley Relay (women)
2ND UNB                               2:03.51
200 Meter Breastroke
2nd Danielle Losier            2:45.58
50 Meter Butterfly
2nd Monica MacDonald  :30.99
400 Medley Relay (women)
2nd UNB                                                4:34.18
100 Meter IM
1ST Danielle Losier            1:06.83
3rd Jessica Leblanc            1:10.21
4th Kaitlyn Young               1:10.48
50 Meter Breaststroke
1st Danielle Losier             :33.59
4th Gabrielle Doiron         :37.18
50 Meter Breaststroke
1st Chris Garcelon             :30.72
800 Meter Free
1st Juliana Vantellingen  9:40.41
1500 Meter Free
4th Brandon Warren        17:56.24
Mixed 400 Meter Free Relay
3rd UNB                                                3:33.41
Combined Team Scores
1. Dalhousie University Swim Team 507.5
2. UNB Varsity Reds 233
3. Mount Allison Mounties 200.5
4. Acadia University 164
5. UPEI Panthers Swim Team 30
Women - Team Rankings
1. Dalhousie University Swim Team 262.5
2. UNB Varsity Reds 162
3. Mount Allison Mounties 68.5
4. Acadia University 38
5. UPEI Panthers Swim Team 14
Men - Team Rankings
1. Dalhousie University Swim Team 227
2. Mount Allison Mounties 122
3. Acadia University 120
4. UNB Varsity Reds 63
5. UPEI Panthers Swim Team 12