Acadia swims to fifth at Dal Invitational

John Decoste
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Wolfville Tritons graduate Kristen MacPherson is having a successful season with the Acadia varsity swimmers. MacPherson, shown here during an invitational meet at Dalhousie Nov. 17-18, had three top-10 finishes at the meet

By John DeCoste

The Acadia swim teams found themselves swimming upstream at an invitational swim meet Nov. 17-18 at Dalhousie, especially with McGill University joining the AUS teams in the tournament field.

Even though top finishes were hard to come by, the relatively young Acadia swimmers did manage to qualify for a number of event finals and had 25 top-10 finishes in all.

Hayden Adams – a first-year swimmer from Brooklyn, Hants County, who previously swam with the Wolfville Tritons – led the way with four top-eight finishes.

Adams placed third in the 100-metre backstroke – one of two individual medals for Acadia swimmers at the meet – and also placed fourth in 200 back, seventh in 400 free and eighth in 1,500 free.

Adams was recognized as Acadia’s male athlete of the week for his performance.

Luc Boudreau had Acadia’s other individual top-three finish with a third-place finish in the 100-metre breaststroke, and was also eighth in 50 free.

Ben Corkum matched Adams with four top-10 swims, placing sixth in 200 ’fly and 1,500 free, eighth in 400 IM and tenth in 400 free.

Kristen MacPherson and Thomas Frazer had three top-10s apiece. Frazer was fifth in 50 ’fly, sixth in 100 ’fly and eighth in 200 ’fly, while MacPherson was eighth in 800 free and 400 IM and ninth in 200 ’fly.

Kayla Boudreau, Eliza McGuire and Colin Vibert had a pair of top-10 finishes apiece. Boudreau was eighth in 200 breast and tenth in 800 free, Vibert ninth in 400 IM and tenth in 200 breast, and McGuire tenth in both 200 ’fly and 200 IM.

Elizabeth Skuriat was fifth in 800 free, Adam Fowler tenth in 100 back and Liam Berrigan tenth in 100 back.

Acadia also had some success in relay events, including a third place finish for Adams, Justin LeBlanc, Frazer and Vibert in the 4X100 medley relay.

Acadia swimmers were also third in the women’s 4X100 freestyle relay and fourth in the women’s 4X100 medley relay.

The Nov. 17-18 meet was the final AUS competition for 2012. The regular season will wrap up with a meet Jan. 19-20, also hosted by Dalhousie.

The Acadia swimmers will then travel to UPEI for the conference championships Feb. 8-10. Those who have qualified will then move on to the CIS championships set for Feb. 21-23 at the University of Calgary.

Organizations: McGill University, University of Calgary

Geographic location: Brooklyn, Hants County, UPEI

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