(FREDERICTON, NB) The Dalhousie University swim team did it again. For another year, the Tigers are taking home team honours from UNB’s Amby Legere Invitational meet.
Dal swimmers won 26 of 34 individual races while the Tigers’ captured all three team events.
Tigers head coach Lance Cansdale wasn’t expecting such early season dominance, given that 23 of his 31 swimmers are first or second year students. “We had first year kids winning events and we’ve got enough leadership that I think it’s going to pull us through.”
The annual UNB meet marks the opening of the Atlantic University Sport swimming season.
The host Varsity Reds finished second in the team standings, thanks to a number of standout performances.
Lauren Adam led the home club with wins in the women’s 50-metre, 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke events. After missing most of last season, Adam was pleased. “Last season was a complete blow-off for me, so I’m really happy with the start of this season and I really want this season to be a good one.”
Coach Robin Ferdinand says Adam’s breaststroke wins may be a turning point. “Dal has dominated that the last two or three years. Lauren’s always been really close, so that’s big, she looks really strong right now.”
UNB’s Charli LeBlanc qualified for the CIS championships in the women’s 50-metre backstroke. In a timed trial, LeBlanc posted a time of 29.75 seconds, just under the CIS standard of 29.93. “It sets you up so that next time you do it, you can focus on the actual time and not so much the standards.”
LeBlanc won the women’s 100-metre freestyle and ran second in the 50-metre, 100-metre and 200-metre backstroke.
Three other UNB swimmers posted top-three finishes. Gabriel Selway finished third in the men’s 50-metre, 100-metre and 200-metre freestyle events. Michael Walz was third in the men’s 100-metre butterfly and Kayla Martin finished third in the women’s 200-metre individual medley, the 400-metre freestyle and the 800-metre freestyle.
UNB was second in the women’s 400-metre medley relay and third in the men’s 400-metre medley relay.
Robin Ferdinand says a decent showing, early in the season, is a good sign. “I don’t want to jump the gun, but we are potentially ahead of schedule.”