BLUES SWIMMING WINS SECOND MEET OF WEEKEND

TORONTO - After topping the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues swim team won their second and final dual meet of the weekend, outdistancing the McMaster Marauders on Sunday at Varsity Pool.

The men won convincingly, 89-49, while the women's competition was slightly closer with the Blues taking the victory 78-60.

The star of the meet was fourth-year commerce major and co-captain Cam Cummings, who won all three of his races. The Oakville Ont. native took gold in the 400m individual medley and 100m backstroke. In the 50m backstroke, Cummings set a new meet record along with the victory and also helped his team to a gold medal in the 400m medley relay.

"Cam has trained harder than ever this year and it's showing," said head coach Byron MacDonald.

Mike Smerek won the 50m and the 100m butterfly, setting meet records in both. A recruiting coup, MacDonald identified Smerek out of high school in St. Catharines, Ont. after he had only been swimming for 18 months.  Now he has developed into one of the better butterfliers in university swimming.

Also picking up a pair of victories was Toronto native Steven Kalaba, who won both the 50m and the 100m breaststroke events. Kalaba set a new meet record with the 50m win.

On the women's side, third-year Pamela Ruksys of Kingston, Ont. continued her climb to the top, winning gold medals in the 400m individual medley and the 400m freestyle.

Andrea Jurenovskis (Timmins, Ont.) also set two meet records with gold medals in the 100m freestyle and the 50m backstroke.

Rounding out the single event winners for the women were: Heather Maitland (Toronto) in the 200m freestyle, Rebecca Sharpe (Bermuda) in the 100m backstroke; and Kaleigh McKinnon (Toronto) in the 100m butterfly.

Full Results

Single event winners for the men also included: Oakville, Ont. natives Zack Chetrat and Curtis Samuel in the 200m and 400m freestyle respectively as well as 2008 Olympian and native of Barbados Martyn Forde in the 100m freestyle.

The Blues will host the Ontario Cup next weekend (Jan. 16-17), which will showcase both university and high schools swimmers throughout the province. The meet will be held Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning at Varsity Blues.

Source: Toronto Varsity Blues

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