Blues defend University Cup swimming titles

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Source: Toronto Athletics

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues swimming team hosted theseventh annual University Challenge Cup on Thursday, November 21 atVarsity Pool.

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Toronto’s women finished atop the standings with 228 points,ahead of Calgary (203.5) and Albrta (196), while the Blues men alsoplaced first with 225 points, ahead of Calgary (191) and UBC(177).

“Our swimmers love this meet and really get up for it and itshowed tonight,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “Wehad some amazing swims from a lot of swimmers and that was whatpropelled us to the win on both sides.”

U of T kicked off the meet with two wins in both the men’s andwomen’s 200 freestyle relays. Toronto’s women’s team of JenniferTapley, Sherry Patel, Kate Lyne and Paige Schultz finished in1:44.43, while the Blues men of Brian Lee, Chris Manning, EdwardLiu and Steven Hibberd broke the meet record, also set by U of T in2012, with a time of 1:30.58.

Liu went onto break teammate Zack Chetrat’s 2012 meet record inthe 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 53.22 seconds. Manningearned a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle, breaking BrianLee’s record (U of T, 2012, 22.71) with a time of 22.31 seconds andalso won the 100 freestyle in 49.98 seconds.

Frank Despond took the top spot in the 400 freestyle, betteringhis own meet record with a time of 3:48.00.

In women’s action, Schultz set the meet record in the 100individual medley (IM) in a time of 1:02.17, while also winning the100 freestyle with a time of 55.41 seconds.

The Blues women finished in the top three of all but oneindividual race on the day, including second-place finishes fromMargot Cunningham in the 100 backstroke (1:03.69), Sherry Patel inthe 50 freestyle (26.28) and Vanessa Treasure in the 200 IM(2:15.88).

The Blues ended how they started, earning first-place finishesin both the 200 medley relays. Cunningham, Treasure, Tapley andSchultz swam in 1:55.69, while Matt Myers, Peter Kruzyk, Liu andHibberd won it in 1:41.21.

Members of the Varsity Blues are set to compete in the CanadaCup this Friday and Saturday, also at Varsity Pool. Finals will bestreamed live at GoBlues.tv

The University of Toronto is the proud host of the 2014 CISSwimming Championships, February 20-22, at Varsity Pool.

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