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Raines leads SWIM teams at pair of weekend meets
TORONTO (January 23, 2018) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks swimming teams competed in a pair of meets this past weekend in Toronto where second year Jasmine Raines led the way for the Golden Hawks at the Toronto Grand Prix and the Toronto Winter Invitational.

At the Grand Prix meet on Friday and Saturday, Raines, a native of Kitchener, Ont., anchored the purple and gold as they went head-to-head with some of the best swimmers in the country, including Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak.

Competing in long course races, Raines won a silver and a bronze medal as she finished second in the 200m breaststroke, where she was the top university-aged swimmer, and third in the 100m breaststroke. 

Other notable performances from the Grand Prix meet included an excellent showing from rookie Ethan Locis of Cambridge, Ont., in the 100m backstroke where he finished eighth in a time of 1:01.62. As well, fellow rookie Connor Norval of Richmond Hill, Ont., grabbed a 16th place finish in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2:15.49.

All four performances helped Laurier grab 45 points in the team standings as Laurier finished eighth among the 10 university teams competing in the event.

On Sunday, Laurier went head-to-head with nine universities and four swim clubs at the Toronto Winter Invitational. 

Raines once again led the way for Laurier as she finished second in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:11.19 but she was not alone in grabbing a Top 10 finish for the purple and gold.

Kenney Tam of Markham, Ont., finished seventh in the 100m breaststroke thanks to a time of 1:06.18 while Locis continued his strong weekend with a pair of eighth place finishes in both the 100m backstroke and the 200m individual medley.

Rounding out the Top 10 performances were Tyson MacDonald of Tillsonburg, Ont., touching the wall in ninth in the men’s 400m freestyle and Bayley Dalbec of Brampton, Ont., finishing tenth in the 400m freestyle. 

Laurier will now prepare for their home meet on Sunday, Janaury 28 as they host the Waterloo Warriors for the annual Laurier Invitational at the Athletic Complex pool.

Warmups get underway at 10 a.m. with racing action to follow at 11 a.m.
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