McGill swimmers play nip and tuck with Laval, men finish second, women third at Quebec Cup meet

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SHERBROOKE — The McGill University swim team looked adversity in the eye and turned in their best team performance of the season, at the third Quebec Cup meet in Sherbrooke on Saturday.The Redmen scored 94 points to finish second of eight teams, edging archrival Laval by a two-point margin, while the Martlets tallied 79 points, just 1.5 behind Laval to finish third. The Montreal Carabins swept both meet titles.

“We had technical difficulties because of a missing bus, so no one on the team was able to warm up and many were literally running out of the locker room and going directly behind the blocks for their first races,” said McGill head coach Peter Carpenter.

“But that unfortunate mishap actually brought out the best in the team. They cheered louder and supported each other better than any other meet so far this year.”

The Martlets may have finished third compared to the Redmen, who had a better finish but the ladies came away with 10 medals, while the men collected seven.

Marc-Andre Benoit garnered the most hardware winning a gold in the 4×50 metre freestyle, along with teammates Luke Robert, Joseph Blackwood and Michael Luck in 1:34. 79, and two silvers; 100 free (52:49) and the 4×200 individual medley relay (2:10.81) with Loic Chaubet, Erik Cheng and David Whiteside.

Teammate Erik Cheng touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:10.81), earning an individual gold to go with his silver in the 4×200 free relay.

The women had several multiple medal winners, led by Valerie De Broux who claimed silver in both the 200 fly (2:21.36) and the 4×50 free relay (1:59.93) with Christine Aglot, Alicia Chung and Rebecca Gibson. De Broux’s performance in the 200 fly qualified her for CIS Nationals next February. She joins Simone Cseplo, Katie Caldwell and Jessica Warrack who had previously qualified.

“We beat Laval for the first time this year,” said Carpenter, who was particularly pleased with that result. “I predict it won’t be the last time we beat them as our team seems to be getting on a roll.”

TEAM SCORING

MEN POINTS
Montreal 155.5
McGill 94.0
Laval 92.0
Sherbrooke 45.0
UQTR 9.5
UQAC 5.0
UQAM 0.0
UQAR 0.0
WOMEN POINTS
Montreal 204.5
Laval 80.5
McGill 79.0
Sherbrooke 30.0
UQAM 21.0
UQTR 0.0
UQAC 0.0
UQAR 0.0

McGILL MEDAL WINNERS
 

Redmen
Medal Name Event Time
Gold Luke Robert, Marc-Andre Benoit, Joseph Blackwood, Michael Luck 4x50m freestyle relay 1:34.79
Gold Erik Cheng 200m Indiv.Medley 2:10.81
Silver Marc-Andre Benoit 100m freestyle 52.49
Silver David Whiteside 200m butterfly 2:12.34
Silver Loic Chaubet, Marc-Andre Benoit, Erik Cheng, David Whiteside 4x200m freestyle relay 7:50.36
Martlets
Silver Valerie De Broux 200m butterfly 2:21.36
Silver Christine Aglot, Valerie De Broux, Alicia Chung, Rebecca Gibson 4x50m medley relay 1:59.93
Bronze Christine Aglot, Rebecca Cheverton, Jennifer Henderson, Rebecca Gibson 4x50m freestyle relay 1:50.51
Bronze Alicia Chung 200m butterfly 2:22.68
Bronze Simone Cseplo 100m backstroke 1:03.73
Bronze Fanny Gervais-Cartier, Jessica Warrack, Simone Cseplo, Katie Caldwell 4x200m freestyle relay 8:41.40

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