Dalhousie increases overall lead on day two of AUS championship

Photo by Dustin Silvey (http://dustinsilvey.blogspot.ca/)
Photo by Dustin Silvey (http://dustinsilvey.blogspot.ca/)

(ST. JOHN'S, N.L.) - The Dalhousie Tigers extended their overall team leads with 11 gold medals in 14 events on the second day of the 2014 Subway AUS swimming championships at the Aquarena in St. John's.

The Tigers men's team improved their team lead with five gold medals, capped off by a gold medal performance in the 800m free relay. On the women's side the Tigers claimed six gold medals including a sweep in the 400m freestyle.

The host Memorial University Sea-Hawks reached the podium four times on Saturday. The first Sea-Hawk to the podium was David Haines who earned silver in the 100m backstroke, the first event of the evening.

Teammate Sam Leawood nabbed a bronze in the men's 50m butterfly in a time of 25.90. Gavin Dyke was third in the men's 400m freestyle in a time of 4:02.12, adding to his tally of two gold medals from day one.

In the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay, Memorial finished off the night in second place with a time of 7:48.13 from Dyke, Brandon McKay, David Haines, and Leawood.

The first final of the night was the women's 100m backstroke, and provided an exciting race to the finish to open night two of the championship.

Acadia's Kristen MacPherson took the gold in a time of 1:05.70, just four one hundredths of a second ahead of Mount Allison's, Marya Peters. Fellow Mountie Allison Loewen touched for the bronze less than a second behind the first place finish.

For the second time this weekend in the women's events, Dalhousie University swept the podium. On day two it was the women's 400m freestyle that saw Meagan Bernier touch first in a time of 4:18.15. She was followed by teammate Alison Grant at 4:22.08 who out-touched bronze medalist Paige Robillard by just over a second, coming in at 4:23.49.

Both men's and women's 4 x 200m freestyle relays were won by the Dalhousie Tigers. On the women's side it was the UNB Varsity Reds who finished second, followed by the Mount Allison Mounties. In the men's event, the Memorial Sea-Hawks took the silver, and the Acadia Axemen, the bronze.

Point standings after day two have Dalhousie ahead in the combined team scores with 537.5 points. In second, it was the University of New Brunswick with 235.5 points pushing ahead of yesterday's second spot finishers, Acadia University who finished with 223 points after day two. Rounding out the standings were Mount Allison with 191, Memorial at 158, and the University of Prince Edward Island with 43 points.

The AUS swimming championships resumes Sunday morning at the Aquarena in St. John's. The preliminary session starts at 10 a.m., with closing night beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free for the community with the program and heat sheets for the weekend at $5.

Women's Team Scores:
1.    Dalhousie University Swim Team 264
2.    University of New Brunswick   160
3.    Acadia University   114
4.    Mount Allison Mounties  105
5.    Memorial University    31
6.    UPEI Panthers Swim team  20

Men's Team Scores:
1.    Dalhousie University Swim Team 273.5
2.    Memorial University   127
3.    Acadia University   109
4.    Mount Allison Mounties  86
5.    University of New Brunswick   75.5
6.    UPEI Panthers Swim Team  23

*Note point standings on Day 1 recap were corrected. The above points are accurate after Day 2 of the championship.

Source: Whitney O'Byrne, Memorial Sports Information

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