On February 14, 2018, the Varsity Swim team traveled to the Markham Pan Am pool for their CISAA championship. Having captured 3 titles last year, the team was looking for even better results.
The day started off well with solid showings in all events. Notable performances included Andrew Downing, Will Blair, and Henry Wang, all of whom qualified for OFSAA in the 200 Free. Our Junior Medley relay followed this, finishing second and also qualifying for OFSAA. You’ll begin to see a trend here….
Matt Karmitz won the Senior 50 Back in style.
The exciting 50 Freestyle races began and all of the UCC athletes swam personal bests. Moving on to OFSAA were Skylar Kim and Phil Kong (both in the Junior 50 Free), John Babits and Matt Karmitz (both in the Senior 50 Free), and Toby Henderson, who swam a blistering personal best of 23.80 seconds.
We continued on with the Backstroke races, where Michael Wilson and Nick De Chazal both qualified for OFSAA in the Junior 50 Back.
James Kingsmill swam a personal best time of 104.16 for a first place finish and OFSAA qualification in the Senior 100 Back.
The Breaststroke races were up next…and Jimmy Li and Simon Ofiara both swam excellent races for a 4th and 6th place finish, respectively. Both Jimmy and Simon will be moving on to OFSAA as well.
Jon Chu and Ben Sun, both of whom swam the Senior 100 Breaststroke and also qualified for OFSAA, finished in first and second place, respectively. A quick note about Jon Chu; he has won the 100 Breaststroke at CISAA for 4 years and will finish out his high school swim career undefeated in this race.
One of the most exciting races to watch in high school is the Senior Medley Relay. UCC had a very strong team – James Kingsmill, Ben Sun, Aaron Leung, and John Babits – in this event, and swam a full seven seconds faster than the 2nd place team, qualifying for OFSAA and moving on for a podium shot at our provincial meet.
After a standard lunch break between the morning and afternoon sessions, we moved on with some solid swimming in the PM.
Impressive performances continued in the Junior 200 Free Relay, where UCC finished second and qualified another relay team.
The Senior 100 IM races were next. Jon Chu and James Kingsmill raced side by side for most of this event, and finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, only 0.3 seconds apart. Both Jon Chu and James will move on to OFSAA.
The Junior 100 IM was next and our UCC Swimmers continued to perform well. Nick De Chazal, Phil Kong, and Aaren Fung all swam very well, finishing 3rd, 6th, and 9th, respectively.
The 100 Freestyle was up next. Our Senior swimmers – Andrew Downing and Will Blair – had solid races and finished 3rd and 4th, both times good enough to qualify for OFSAA.
Toby Henderson followed that up with a first place finish in the Open 100 Free.
Five of our Junior 100 Freestylers finished in the top 10. Jimmy Li and Nick De Chazal finished 2nd and 3rd, with Henry Wang, Robbie Knowles, and Matt Shouldice rounding out the top 10 in 7th, 8th, and 10th, respectively.
The Butterfly races were next and the Senior swimmers did not disappoint. Matt Karmitz, Ben Sun, and Aaron Leung all qualified for OFSAA, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 8th respectively.
Toby Henderson had a good result in the Open 100 Fly, finishing 3rd in the race.
Up next were the Junior 50 Fly races. Sklyar Kim finished a close 2nd by 0.08 seconds and qualified for OFSAA, while Ansh Kuckreja had his best race of the season.
As we neared the end of the meet, the Senior Breaststroke began. Jon Chu and Aaron Leung lead a strong 1-2 finish, and this was another event that Jon Chu remained undefeated in the past four years.
We only had two relays remaining, the Senior Free relay and the 400 Free Relay.
The Senior team finished a close 2nd place behind Ridley College and the 400 Free Relay team won gold. Both teams qualified for OFSAA.
This was one of the best team performances. The UCC Varsity Swimmers won the Overall Boys championship for the 8th year in a row. The Senior Swimmers won the Senior championship, with the Junior Boys missing out on their championship by 3 points. The entire Varsity team finished 3rd Overall in the standings, behind only Appleby College and Havergal.
Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated and to all of the Varsity Swimmers who committed to the team this year. The following individuals will be moving on to OFSAA:
Guclu Can, Jimmy Li, Justin Lee, Michael Wilson, Nick De Chazal, Phil Kong, Skylar Kim, Robbie Knowles, Simon Ofiara, Andrew Downing, Aaron Leung, Ben Sun, James Kingsmill, John Babits, Jon Chu, Matt Karmit, Will Blair, Lucas Iaboni, Doug Byers
Please wish all of these guys the best of success in Windsor on February 27/28. We have a team that is strong enough to win both the Senior and Junior OFSAA banners this year.
The Varsity Swim Coaches: Vlad Roytberg, Denise Hui Bon Hoa, Zach Williams, Jennifer Van Rassel