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Amby Legere Invitational offers V-Reds chance to grow

The 2017 Amby Legere Invitational was dominated by the Dalhousie Tigers, but the UNB Varsity Reds swim teams are happy with the experience they gained during the two-day event.

The annual event, hosted by UNB, saw the Tigers women’s swim team finish in first place among the four competing universities with a total of 360.5 points—over 229 points more than Acadia University, who finished in second. Dalhousie’s men’s team was similarly dominant, finishing with 299 points to Acadia’s 219. In total, Dalhousie swimmers walked away with first place finishes in all but three of the 35 events.

Both of the Varsity Reds teams finished in fourth place. The women’s team was led by Andrea Greene and Jennifer Moore: the former finished fifth in the women’s 50-metre backstroke, while the latter earned points for her team in several different events—including a fifth-place finish in the 200-metre freestyle.

Second-year swimmer Noah Horwood led the UNB men’s team during the invitational, finishing third in both the 50-metre and 100-metre breaststroke events, and fifth in both the 50-metre freestyle and 50-metre butterfly.

UNB swimmer Bea Lougheed says she was happy with her team’s performance and believes the lessons learned will help the team as the season continues.

“I think it went really well,” said Lougheed. “On the girl’s team, our goal was to stay [together] as a team—and we really did that. Everyone put in a really good effort and it gave us a chance to see what we have to work on in the coming weeks.”

Fellow Varsity Reds swimmer Kayla Martin agreed with her teammate’s assessment.

“It went better than expected,” Martin told The Brunswickan after the meet, “There had been apprehensions from everybody going in, worrying about where they were; I think coming out, everyone has a better idea of where they’re at and what we need to work on now.”

Lougheed, meanwhile, said that the team will work on “everything that that can give us a little edge against the other swimmers in the upcoming meets.”

Martin says a large part of her focus in the coming weeks will be making physical improvements, rather than technical ones.

“I’m really going to buckle down, get my metres in, do some pace, keep up with my sprint work and go in with the same mental attitude I had (at the Amby Legere meet) with my muscles working a bit better.”

In addition to the experience gained, Martin believes the swim meet was an opportunity to remind everyone that the team is still here, despite the Sir Max Aitken Pool’s future being up in the air at the moment.

“We’re still part of the community. We wanted to show this weekend that we’re still here and people still care about the pool. People still show up and want to support us.”

Next up for UNB’s varsity swim teams is a trip to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where they will compete in the Jack Scholz Invitational hosted by Acadia University on Oct. 28-29.

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