The 2016-17 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Swimming Championships are in the books and it was a strong weekend for the Memorial Sea-Hawks swimmers.
The Memorial Sea-Hawks swim team has been under new leadership since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, with coaches Duffy Earle and Chris Roberts looking to create a competitive program in the AUS. That direction is starting to pay off as the Sea-Hawks claimed 17 medals, including 5 goal medal performances.
"We were really happy with our results," said Memorial head coach Duffy Earle. "We've been working hard all year and this was probably our best AUS championships in years."
Memorial's Veronica Reid earned gold in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, and 200m breaststroke. Teammate Charli LeBlanc captured gold in the women's 100m freestyle, while Sam Leawood beat out AUS swimmer of the year Gavin Dyke and Mount Allison's Geraint Berger in the men's 100m freestyle.
LeBlanc finished with five medals on the weekend, with silvers in the 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, and the 400m freestyle relay, which also featured Allison Somers, Becca Dyer, and Veronica Reid.
Reid also finished the weekend with five medals, also adding a bronze in the 50m freestyle.
Also earning hardware for the Sea-Hawks was 5th year David Haines, who grabbed a silver in the 50m backstroke, and a bronze in the 100m. Nick Sparkes secured a bronze for the Sea-Hawks in the 200m breaststoke, while Leawood, Curtis McKay, Daniel Sparkes, and Ryan George won bronze in the 400m freestyle relay.
Overall the men finished 3rd overall, while the women finished in 4th. Members of the team will still continue training for the USports Championships in Sherbrooke, QC from February 24th-26th.