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Kristen MacPherson is one of several impressive rookies on the Acadia swim teams this season.
By John DeCoste
Head coach Chris Stone and the Acadia swim teams set a goal for the Jack Scholz Memorial swim meet Nov. 3-4 in Wolfville: to be better than they were at the season-opening meet at UNB.
While Acadia didn’t manage to improve on its third-place finish overall, there were certainly top results – and improvements – to talk about.
Acadia swimmers managed a total of 46 individual top-10 swims at the meet, along with a number of top-three freestyle and backstroke lead times and four top-three performances in relay events.
Luc Boudreau was once again the big winner. The New Minas native was first in the 50 freestyle, 50 and 200 breaststroke and 200 IM and fourth in 400 freestyle.
Hayden Adams also continued a solid rookie season for Acadia, winning the 400 IM, placing third in the 50 and 100 butterfly and 400 free, and sixth in 100 free.
Acadia’s other first place finish was turned in by Adams, Justin LeBlanc, Thomas Frazer and Boudreau, who teamed up to win the 4X50 medley relay. Adams also had the fastest backstroke lead time in that event.
Kristen MacPherson, another first-year Acadia swimmer, was fourth in 400 IM, seventh in 100 free and ninth in 400 free. Eliza McGuire was third in 400 IM, fourth in 400 free, fifth in 200 butterfly and seventh in 200 free.
Elizabeth Skuriat was fourth in 100 free, fifth in 800 free, seventh in 200 free and eighth in 100 back. Ben Corkum was fourth in 400 IM, eighth in 100 free and tenth in 100 back.
Kayla Boudreau was fifth in 400 IM and ninth in 800 free. Adam Fowler was fifth in 1,500 free and ninth in 100 ’fly. Brett Sonnichsen was sixth in 100 back and 100 ’fly and seventh in 50 back.
Thomas Frazer was seventh in 200 free, eighth in 100 free and 50 ’fly and tenth in 200 IM. Colin Vibert was sixth in 200 breast and tenth in 200 free, Taylor Russell was seventh in 200 back and ninth in 100 back. Liam Berrigan was seventh in 100 back and tenth in 50 back.
Justin LeBlanc was eighth in 50 free and 200 IM, Cynthia Pfeiffer eighth in 800 free, and Amanda Loder tenth in 50 ’fly.
The Acadia men’s team finished third overall, while the Acadia women were fourth overall.
“Overall, I’m pleased with how things are coming together,” head coach Chris Stone said. “Obviously Luc’s performances stand out, but Hayden Adams’ winning the 400 IM and hanging with the top two distance swimmers in the AUS in the (400 free) make him one of the biggest additions to our men’s program.”
Stone was also pleased with the men’s relay team “beating Dalhousie head-to-head,” which he termed “a significant step forward for the team.”
On the women’s side, Stone remained optimistic, noting that Kristen MacPherson, Skuriat and McGuire were all consistent scorers.
“We still have a way to go, but the swimmers on the women’s side are definitely the best team we’ve assembled since we brought the program back.”
The next action for the Acadia swimmers is a meet Nov. 17-18 at Dalhousie.