This week we are flashing back to the 1999-2000 women’s swim team.
Back Row (L-R): David Fry (Head Coach), Art Drysdale (Assistant Coach), Angela MacAlpine, Maureen Mahoney, Caitlin Peterson, Katy LeGrow, Maryelle Hannam, Amy Clattenburg, Christa Unfried, Danielle Timothy, Gail Whittaker, Ange Hogan, Stacey Connick (Manager), Gary MacDonald (Assistant Coach)
Front Row (L-R): Sarah Conrad (Manager), Lori Borgal, Sandi McLean, Allison Vigeant, Sarah Mathieson, Hannah Fraser, Amber Mather, Emily Thompson, Lauren MacKay, Amy Woodworth, Lindsay Eller, Bette El-Hawary (Manger)
Coming off an extremely successful year, the Tigers had high expectations to perform just as well this season. With a good mix of veterans and rookies on the team, the Tigers dove headfirst into the season.
The season started off with a dual meet against UNB held at Dalplex. The team showcased their talent by dominating the meet with a 68 to 18 score. Veteran Amy Woodworth began her season-long winning streak at this meet with a win in the 400m IM and 100m backstroke. The team depth was already evident with the Tigers setting a new meet record in the 200m medley relay.
The Tigers headed to the Amby Legere meet, which was their first chance to compete against the rest of the conference teams. The Tigers placed first, scoring more than double the points of the second-place team, thanks to many multi event winners. Angela MacAlpine and Woodworth both took top place in their respective races. The following weekend, the Tigers hosted their own meet where the team set five new meet records and added three more national qualifiers.
The Tigers dominated in their next two meets and travelled to Toronto to compete in the Senior Championships. They made a major impact and placed seventh out of 60 club and university teams.
The team went into the AUAA championships at UNB with a strong squad that was not only well balanced in event specialities, but well prepared and confident. Both the men and women pulled out another big victory to win the championship banners. MacAlpine was named the AUAA swimmer of the year, while Sandi McLean was named the AUAA rookie of the year and David Fry received coach of the year honours.
They headed to the CIAU championships at the University of Guelph a few weeks later. The team made a big impact with swimmers rising to the occasion and out-performing their previous performances. MacAlpine led the way finishing fifth in the 50m butterfly, sixth in the 100m and 50m freestyle and seventh with a personal-best time in the 200m freestyle. McLean finished fourth in the 200m breaststroke, sixth in the 100m breaststroke and seventh in the 50m breaststroke. Woodworth finished her five-year career as a Tiger with a seventh-place finish in the 400m IM and placed in the top 16 of the 200m IM, 400m and 800m freestyle. Rookie Gail Whittaker showcased her athleticism with a sixth-place finish in the 50m backstroke, a win in the consolation swim of the 100m backstoke, and a second-place finish in the 200m backstroke. Other swimmers Lindsay Eller and Lori Borgal placed within consolation finals, helping the team to a seventh-place overall finish in the standings.