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.”
McGILL MEDAL WINNERS
|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|
|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|