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Lei busts into national rankings as McMaster wins five medals in the Toronto Winter Invitational on Sunday

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The Marauders had a jam-packed week with a pair of dual meets in addition to Sunday’s invitational in Toronto. (Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics photo)

HAMILTON, Ont. (from McMaster Marauders) — Capping a busy week of competition which saw them host a pair of dual meets at Ivor Wynne Centre, the Marauders swimming team previewed the venue of February’s U Sports championship at the University of Toronto’s Winter Invitational on Sunday.

Rookie Isabelle Lei continued her exceptional first year as a Marauder, winning gold in the 100m freestyle and busting into the national top 10 for distance in the process, as McMaster took home five medals from the field loaded with OUA teams.

Taking a full second off her previous personal best in the event, Lei swam to a time of 55.63 that ranks 10th among U Sports competitors this season.

Also grabbing gold, Mitch Muizelaar paced the 400m freestyle event on the men’s side, winning in a time of 4:03.69. The Marauders swept the podium in the event, which provided all three of the men’s medals, as rookie Mohamad Jrab took silver in 4:09.46 and veteran Alex Tropynine followed with a bronze in 4:09.81.

Another outstanding rookie achieved a second podium place for the McMaster women, as backstroke specialist Veronica Nichol won silver at 100m in a time of 1:03.36.

Marauders swimmers took home seven personal bests from Toronto, with Lei accounting for two of those.

The Marauders enjoy two weeks away from competition as the OUA Championships loom. Returning to training, McMaster will look to hit their peak when the conference event, hosted by the Western Mustangs in London, opens on February 8.

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