Collett Leads REDS With Double Medal Day

UNB's Emma Sinclair races in a butterfly event, Friday, at the AUS Championships. (PHOTO: Trevor MacMillan/for Dal Athletics)
UNB's Emma Sinclair races in a butterfly event, Friday, at the AUS Championships. (PHOTO: Trevor MacMillan/for Dal Athletics)

(HALIFAX, NS) The opening day of the 2023-24 Atlantic University Sport Swimming Championships saw a new AUS record holder crowned and very few repeat medal winners. When the dust settled, it was Dalhousie teams holding first place in both the men's and women's teams standings. 

The evening session opened with a fast women's 200m freestyle. Dal's Reagan Crowell touched in first. UNB's Jessie Collett finished second to claim the silver medal.

UNB's Blake Kingston set a new AUS record in the men's 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:01.75. Gordon Shortt (Acadia) and Jake Gysel (Dalhousie) finished in second and third respectively. 

In the women's 100m butterfly, Acadia's Sara Bennett touched the wall first while UNB's Emma Sinclair was fourth.

In the men's 50-metre backstroke, won by Dal's Liam Ferguson, UNB's Maxime Kenny was fourth, missing third by 1/100th of a second.

Dal swimmers won the women's 4-by-100-metre freestyle relay while the UNB team of Èlodie Martin, Sophie Casey, Sinclair and Collett took the bronze medal.

After one day of competition, the team standings are:

At the end of the first day of competition the team standings are as follows: 

Women 

Dalhousie – 303.5 points 
Acadia – 245
Memorial – 141
UNB – 135
Mount Allison – 114.50

Men

Dalhousie – 344.5 points
Acadia – 229.5
Memorial – 125
UNB – 125
Mount Allison - 103

Day two, Saturday, gets under way with preliminaries at 10:00am followed by finals at 6:00pm.

RECAP BY: Chelsea Norris/Dal Athletics

PHOTOS BY: Trevor MacMillan/for Dal Athletics