Mohawk College will have three players at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association badminton championships. Margaret Myjak, Crystal Oakes and Matt Schnarr advanced from the West Regional championships played at Humber College in Etobicoke on the weekend (Feb. 2-3).
Myjak, the reigning OCAA champ did not lose a game in her five round robin matches. She then defeated teammate Oakes to advance to the semifinals where she downed Humber’s Michelle Reinhart of Humber. In the final, Myjak beat Lauren King of St. Clair 21-6, 21-13.
Oakes, whose only round-robin loss was to King, went on to defeat Reinhart for the bronze medal.
Schnarr won all six of his round robin matches. He then defeated Kitamura Yusuke of Seneca in the semi finals, before losing to two-time defending OCAA champion Nathaniel Allard of Fanshawe in the men’s singles gold medal match.
Mohawk coach Tony Leite was very proud of his full team of 10 players.
He said Myjak once again played to her abilities and expectations. Oakes, who did not make it to the provincials last year, was absolutely fantastic. Leite was extremely impressed by Schnarr, who is so busy as a member of the varsity volleyball team and Students’ Athletics Committee.
The OCAA championships are set for Centennial College in Scarborough, Feb. 17-18.