first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to New York City for two non-conference dual meets against NCAA competition.Toronto’s women defeated NYU, while the Blues men topped Columbia. The Blues dominated the competition, winning all but one event between the two meets.”This has been a great experience because we raced people we have never seen and had a tough day of travel and still swam well later that night,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “I also loved the fact we had an alumni weekend here and so many showed up.”Over 20 alumni were at the meets and reception. Some alumni are based in New York City and some flew down to make a weekend out of it. “This is quite impressive and shows the strength of the swim alumni,” said Robin Campbell, executive director of advancement and alumni affairs, who was also on hand to celebrate. The star of the meet for the Blues was fourth-year veteran Hannah Genich, who won three individual races in the 100 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke.”Hannah has had an ankle injury ever since the FISU world university games in July and has had to swim with a brace on her ankle ever since. It has been very frustrating yet she has persevered and only recently was she allowed to race without it. She is right back on top form,” added MacDonald.Ainsley McMurray won the 100 and 200 freestyle events, while Kate Randall won the 500 1000 freestyle races.  Rookie Abby McDonald had a pair of gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Solo wins were registered by fourth-year captain Rachel Rodé in the 100 backstroke, Sarah Polley in the 50 freestyke and Georgia Kidd in the 200 IM.Almost all of the men’s races were tight contests and the Blues came out on top in all but one race. “Winning by tenths is exciting and it means the athletes are learning to do the right things when it counts,” said MacDonald.The men had five swimmers win a pair of wins each. Captain Cam Kidd continued his resurgence as a dominant sprinter by capturing the 50 and 100 freestyle.Fifth-year veteran Oswald Nitski had a great race in both butterfly events with a rookie from Columbia who is from the Toronto area. Sophomore Graeme Aylward won the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while rookie Bernard Godolphin showed his freestyle process with wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Rookie Tyler Wall continues to impress, winning both the 100 and 200 backstroke.”Tyler was a key recruit for us and he is showing why. His backstroke wins were impressive,” said MacDonald. “It can be a challenge to convince the athletes from the West coast to venture East so this was a big step for Tyler and a real coup for U of T.”For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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