WATERLOO, Ont. (Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks swim team put in a strong performance in their host meet, the Laurier Invitational, Sunday afternoon at the Athletic Complex as they won 13 of 30 races in a head-to-head showdown with the Waterloo Warriors.
Leading the way for the Hawks was the women’s team with seven first place finishes, four of which came from Jasmine Raines of Kitchener, Ont. and Nathalie Stackhouse of London, Ont
Raines won two gold medals, placing first in the 100m freestyle in 1:03.52 seconds and winning the 200m breaststroke in 2:38.86.
Stackhouse collected first place finishes in the 50m breaststroke, winning in 37.12 seconds, and the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:20.38.
Other Laurier women to earn first place finishes included Jocelyn Chassie of Kirkland Lake, Ont. in the 100m butterfly (1:12.70), Bayley Dalbec of Brampton, Ont. in the 200m individual medley (2:41.37), and Stephanie Yue of Hong Kong in the 100m backstroke (1:09.64).
In the men’s races, Max Hughes of Toronto was the top performer for the purple and gold as he won a pair of races. In the 200m backstroke, he touched the wall in 2:13.47, setting a new personal best by more than six seconds. In the 200m individual medley, he won with a time of 2:20.69.
Other Laurier men to win gold on the day included Nick Misner of Brantford, Ont. in the 100m breast stroke (1:11.78), Michael Neves of Brampton, Ont., in the 200m freestyle (2:02.93), rookie Connor Norval of Richmond Hill, Ont. in the 200m butterfly (2:14.82) and Kenney Tam of Markham, Ont. in the 50m breaststroke (32.55).
The Hawks will now turn their attention to the 2018 OUA Championships, hosted by the Western Mustangs February 8-10, where the women will look to build on their seventh-place team finish from a year ago while the men will try to move up from 10th place.