SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Mount Allison Varsity Swim Team travelled to the University of Prince Edward Island over the weekend to compete at the 2013 Atlantic University Sport Swimming Championships.
Despite a blizzard that closed the University of PEI’s CARI center and cancelled all other sporting events, the swim meet carried on. The Mount A men’s team finished second, while the women’s came in fourth. The overall winner was once again Dalhousie University.
“The men’s win was due to everyone swimming what was needed in finals; everyone pitched in. It has been a good season with a lot of personal best times being recorded,” swim team coach John Peters said.
Over the course of the meet, approximately 12 university records were set, some of them broken twice in the same meet. Many of the swimmers walked away with best times, like graduating swimmer David Summerby-Murray, who swam seven out of eight personal best times.
The highlight of the weekend was the men’s 4x100-metre freestyle relay, where the men won gold, beating out the Dalhousie Tigers after their 10-year reign. Third-year swimmer Colin Vale led the group, followed by rookies Joseph Blackwood and Jeff Loewen, and anchored by Mitchell Peters. The same team finished third overall in the 4X200 freestyle relay, while the group of Andrew Reeder, Jeff Loewen, Mikhel, and Mitchell Peters finished second in the 4X100 metre medley event.
The women’s relay team also had strong performances. The team of Marya Peters, Zoee Leblanc, Kate Frise, and Léa Raiche-Marsden earned a bronze medal in the 4x100 medley relay. The team of Zoee Leblanc, Léa Raiche-Marsden, Casey Losier, and Marya Peters earned a fourth-place finish in the 4x100 free, and another fourth in the 4X 200 free, this time with the team of Zoee Leblanc, Emily Byrne, Léa Raiche-Marsden, and Marya Peters.
Second-year standout Marya Peters once again had an excellent performance, earning a bronze in both her 100 and 200 free, and allowing for her to qualify for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship. She also finished fifth in both the 50 free and back. Meanwhile, the top female rookie Zoee Leblanc managed to qualify for finals in three of her four swims, despite fighting the flu.
In his last AUS championship, Mitchell Peters came first in the 100 free, second in the 200 free, and third in both the 50 free and 100 fly. Mikhel Peters earned gold in the 50 fly and silver in the 200 fly and Colin Vale came fourth overall in his 50 free, barely missing the podium. Meanwhile, rookie Joe Blackwood earned silver in his 100 free. Other strong rookie performances were Jeff Loewen, who qualified for finals in all of his events, Nic Sunderland-Baker who came fifth in the 200 fly and Eric Lane who finished fifth in his 50 back.
“It has been a good season,” concluded coach Peters, who will now take Mitchell and Marya Peters (his son and daughter) on to the CIS national championships which will be held Feb. 21 to 23 in Calgary.