Feb 08, 2015
Varsity Blues men and women crowned OUA champions
Source: Ottawa Gee-Gees with files from Toronto Varsity Blues
OTTAWA – The Toronto Varsity Blues won both the men’s and women’s team titles at the 2015 Ontario University Athletics Championships, hosted at the University of Ottawa. The Blues men have now won the conference meet for 12 straight seasons, while the women defended their 2014 title.
The Western Mustangs stood second in both the men’s and women’s standings but were well back of the defending champions. The Mustangs had a strong final day of competition, winning four gold medals, five silver, and one bronze. The Guelph Gryphons edged out McMaster by three points to take third place in the women’s rankings, with the Marauders in third on the men’s side.
Rookie sensation Kylie Masse took the meet by storm. She received the Dr. Jeno Tihanyi award for individual medley excellence and was honoured as both the female rookie and swimmer of the year. Masse won four individual titles, all in OUA record time, sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke events, while also winning the 200 IM. She was a member of U of T’s record-breaking 400 medley relay team and also helped the Blues to a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.
On the men’s side, second-year standout Hochan Ryu garnered OUA swimmer of the year honours as well as the Dr. Jeno Tihanyi award. Ryu capped off the three-day meet winning the 400 IM title, to add to his 200 IM and 200 butterfly titles.
U of T’s Oliver Straszynski garnered male rookie of the year honours, ending the meet with the 200 freestyle gold medal.
Byron MacDonald earned OUA coach of the year honours on both the men’s and women’s sides for the second straight year.
McMaster’s Konrad Bald won the 50-metre breaststroke, making him a four time OUA Champion in that event. That was McMaster’s only gold on Day Three, with four swimmers claiming silver.
The University of Ottawa swimmers had success in their home pool, winning two gold medals on the final day of competition to finish with five overall golds and 17 medals.
The coaches also had the opportunity to recognize graduating student-athletes with special Awards of Dinstinction. This year seven athletes were recognized: McMaster’s Eric Anderson, Konrad Bald and Ben Stubbs, Ottawa’s Eryn Weldon, Toronto’s Paige Schultz and Vanessa Treasure, and Western’s Emma Sproule.
Swimmer of the year: Kylie Masse, Toronto
Rookie of the year: Kylie Masse, Toronto
Coach of the year: Byron MacDonald & Linda Kiefer, Toronto
Dr. Jeno Tihanyi Awards for Individual Medley Excellence: Kylie Masse, Toronto
Awards of Distincton:
Toronto: Paige Schultz, Vanessa Treasure
Western: Emma Sproule
Ottawa: Eryn Weldon
Swimmer of the year: Hochan Ryu, Toronto
Rookie of the year: Oliver Straszynski, Toronto
Coach of the year: Byron MacDonald & Linda Kiefer, Toronto
2014 Dr. Jeno Tihanyi Awards for Individual Medley Excellence: Hochan Ryu, Toronto
Awards of Distinction:
McMaster: Eric Anderson, Konrad Bald, Ben Stubbs
DAY 3 INDIVIDUAL MEDALISTS (Saturday)
W 200 Medley Relay
1. McMaster, 1:55.269
(Kieran Liew, Olivvya Chow, Natasha Strass-Hundal, Emily Fung)
2. Toronto, 1:56.72
(Kate Lyne, Alexandra Kalman, Sherry Patel, Jennifer Tapley)
3. Western, 1:57.75
(Charis Huddle, Sophie Cieplucha, Amber Baird, Katie Keeping)
M 200 Medley Relay
1. Toronto, 1:40.61
(Kyle Haas, Eli Wall, Matt Dans, Steven Hibberd)
2. McMaster, 1:40.66
(Eric Anderson, Konrad Bald, Mohamed Eldah, Corey Helie-Masters)
3. Western 1:44.47
(Gordon Barkwell, Patrick Sheppard, Mark Loyzer, Brent Waddell)
W 200m Free
1. Paige Schultz, Toronto, 1:59.98
2. Emma Sproule, Western, 2:00.77
3. Melanie McDonald, Toronto, 2:01.33
M 200m Free
1. Oliver Straszynski, Toronto, 1:49.66
2. Hochan Ryu, Toronto, 1:50.40
3. Matthew Myers, Toronto, 1:50.90
W 50m Breast
1. Audrey Prayal Brown, Ottawa, 32.62
2. Sophie Cieplucha, Western, 33.27
3. Carolyne Godon, Ottawa, 33.36
M 50m Breast
1. Konrad Bald, McMaster, 28.29
2. Chris Manning, Toronto, 28.34
3. Jonathan Ramkissoon, Waterloo, 28.69
W 50m Back
1. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 28.02 OUA Record
2. Emily Anzai, Guelph, 29.17
3. Kieran Liew, McMaster, 29.20
M 50m Back
1. Aaron Rode, Western, 25.79
2. Robert Wise, Western, 26.03
3. Kyle Haas, Toronto, 26.06
W 100m Fly
1. Paulina Bond, Western, 59.80
2. Jennifer McNaughton, Western, 1:02.15
3. Sherry Patel, Toronto, 1:02.79
M 100m Fly
1. Gamal Assaad, Western, 54.36
2. Robert Bonomo, Ottawa, 54.66
3. Matt Dans, Toronto, 54.71
W 400 IM
1. Eryn Weldon, Ottawa, 4:46.18
2. Vanessa Treasure, Toronto, 4:47.90
3. Sarah Asselin, Western, 4:52.69
M 400 IM
1. Hochan Ryu, Toronto, 4:18.59
2. Ben Stubbs, McMaster, 4:21.1
3. Montana Champagne, Ottawa, 4:23.16
W 400 Free Relay
1. Western, 3:46.50
(Emma Sproule, Katie Keeping, Kelly Hotta, Paulina Bond)
2. McMaster, 3:49.42
(Emma Mittermaier, Hannah Dvorski, Olivvya Chow, Emily Fung)
3. Toronto, 3:50.69
(Jennifer Tapley, Melanie McDonald, Victoria Radounski, Margot Cunningham)
M 400 Free Relay
1. Toronto 3:22.54
(Kent Kikot, Oliver Straszynski, Matthew Myers, Edward Liu)
2. McMaster, 3:23.22
(Eric Anderson, Marc Muise, Kurt Schubert, Mohamed Eldah)
3. Guelph, 3:24.32
(Philip Cranic, John Carroll, Evan Van Moerkerke, Myles Zagar)
Tigers sweep Subway AUS swimming championships at home
Source: Dalhousie Sports Communications
Photo by Nick Pearce
HALIFAX, N.S. – The Dalhousie Tigers swept the 2015 Subway AUS swimming championship this weekend at the Dalplex, as both their men’s and women’s finished atop the standings after three days of competition.
The women ran away with the competition with 466 points as they won their 14thconsecutive championship, while the men’s side won their 17th straight championship after a 394-point performance. Acadia finished in second-place in both the men’s and women’s competition after strong performances that saw two of their swimmers named the male and female swimmers of the meet.
Acadia’s Rebecca MacPherson was named the 2015 Subway AUS Championship female swimmer of the meet after she claimed gold in the 100m and 200m freestyle, while teammate Luc Boudreau was named the male swimmer of the meet after claiming gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke as well as the 50m freestyle.
MacPherson was also named the 2015 Subway AUS Championship female rookie of the meet, while Memorial’s Owen Daly took home the male rookie honours after claiming gold in the 50m and 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle events.
First-year Dalhousie swimmer Phoebe Lenderyou set three AUS records in the meet, in the 50m back, 100m fly and 200m IM. The 100m fly record had been held since 2002, while the 200m IM record was set way back in 1994.
For Tigers coach Lance Cansdale, it was a very successful weekend overall.
“The best thing about the weekend for us was the fact that we came in unrested and unshaven, and we came in and made a lot of personal bests and we raced well,” he said. “I think it showed the depth of our team and I think it sets us up very well for two weeks from now, which is our primary focus.”
Qualified swimmers will now look towards the 2015 CIS Swimming Championship being held at the University of Victoria on Feb. 19-21.
More informaiton about the national championship can be found at its official website, here.