Cassey Mooney topped off a strong performance from UNB at the Dalhousie AUS Invitational Swim Meet, qualifying for the CIS national championship in 200m breaststroke.
Mooney swam lifetime bests in each of her events over the weekend and made the 'A' final (top 6) in all breaststroke events.
It was the icing on the cake for a competition that UNB head coach Robin Ferdinand says the team used to put together a strategy for the AUS championship.
"The swimmers were rested and swimming was fast, so we got a great feel for our strengths and weaknesses," Ferdinand said. "We had some extremely strong performances. Many swimmers had lifetime bests."
Ferdinand also points out some weaknesses in the squad, particularly that they were too deep in some events and noticeably absent in others.
She says the team plans to take the next couple of weeks to re-evaluate the events they need to 'step up' in to get the extra points for a stronger presence.
Montreal's McGill University travelled to Halifax for the meet, which Ferdinand says took the level of competition up a notch.
"McGill had an extremely strong contingent which meant our athletes had to swim fast during heats just to make the finals," she said. "That's great preparation for AUS and CIS championships."
LeBlanc, who earlier in the season became the first swimmer in the AUS to qualify for the national championship, finally reached her goal of breaking 30 seconds in the 50m back with a time of 29.63. It's something she had been working on for nearly two years. This also gave her the UNB record for the event.
Adam had a great swim for third place in the 50m breaststroke, posting a time of 33.83.
Next up for the Varsity Reds is the Invitational Meet at UPEI on January 17-18.
AUS Invitational Swim Meet- November 22-23, 2014
VReds Top 8 performances
Charli LeBlanc- 3rd- 50 back, 6th- 100 back, 7th- 50 free
Lauren Adam- 3rd- 50 breast, 7th- 100 breast
Cassey Mooney- 5th- 200 breast, 6th- 50 breast, 100 breast
Amanda Greene- 5th- 50 back
Allison Somers- 7th – 100 fly, 200 fly
Jessica LeBlanc- 6th- 400 IM, 7th – 200 IM, 8th- 50 fly, 100 fly
Kate Lantz- 8th- 200 fly
Medley Relay- Am. Greene, C. Mooney, J. LeBlanc, C. LeBlanc- 4th
Scott Mills- 4th- 200 back, 5th- 100 back
Taylor Dalke- 5th- 200 fly, 8th- 1500 free
Brandon Warren- 5th- 1500 free, 7th- 400 free