The Toronto Varsity Blues have 16 Ontario University Athletics all-star swimmers in their ranks, including Curtis Samuel (Etobicoke), who won four gold and one silver medal at the OUA championships in Ottawa, earning Male Swimmer of the Meet honours. Samuel’s strength is in the freestyle events, where he swam to gold in the 400 metre in a time of 3:54.24 and again in the 1,500 metre in 15:50.54.
Samuel, along with Francesco Agueci (Woodbridge), Marco Monaco (Oakville) and Patrick Cuch (Toronto), swam to gold in the men’s 800 metre free relay. Monaco was also golden in the 400 metre medley relay, along with Cam Cummings (Oakville), Mike Smerek (St. Catharines) and Zack Chetrat (Oakville). Chetrat set an OUA championship record of 2:00.27 in the 200 metre butterfly.
Cummings won gold and silver in the 100 metre and 200 metre backstroke, respectively, while Smerek was twice golden in the 50 metre and 100 metre butterfly. Cummings was also a silver medalist in the 400 metre individual medley. Teammate Stevan Kalaba (Toronto) saw a silver lining in both his 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke races.
Andrea Jurenovskis (Timmins) of the Varsity Blues won both the women’s 50 metre and 10 0 metre backstroke, while Sasha Theron (Mississauga) finished second or better four times in individual competitions, including a first-place finish in the women’s 200 metre butterfly with a time of 2:16.90. Brittany Scott (Alma), Heather Maitland (Toronto), Melanie Davis (Brantford) and Pamela Ruksys (Kingston) were also silver medalists at the OUA championships.
Jurenovskis and Theron teamed up with Julia Drozdowsky (Mississauga) and Kristin McIlroy (Milton) to win gold in the women’s 200 metre freestyle relay in a time of 1:46.54.
Western Mustangs swimmer Hayley Nell (London) was named Female Swimmer of the Meet at the OUA championships for good reason, winning six gold medals at the competition. She set a new OUA meet record in the women’s 100 metre freestyle in a time of 55.36. Nell, along with Alyssa Molenaar (Brantford), Brittany Cooper (London) and Lenore Chesworth (London) set new OUA records in the 400 metre and 800 metre relays with times of 3:48.32 and 8:17.70 respectively. Cooper also raced to three first-place finishes in individual competition.
Molenaar teamed up with Emileigh Laidlaw (New Sarum), Heather Martin (Etobicoke) and Kimmi Labbett (Oakville) to win gold in the women’s 400 metre medley relay. Martin and Labbett added two individual silvers to their medal totals.
Bryn Jones (Newmarket) of the Western Mustangs won two gold and one silver medal in men’s breaststroke, while teammate Chris Bento (London) had a pair of second-place finishes in men’s freestyle.
Canadian Olympian Keith Beavers (Waterloo) of the Waterloo Warriors left the OUA championships with three gold medals and one silver. Beavers teamed up with Oleg Chernukhin (Fredericton, N.B.), Paul Niglas (London) and Wesley Greig (London) to win the men’s 200m medley relay in a time of 1:44.40. Chernukhin earned individual gold and silver in the backstroke, while Niglas had a second-place finish in the men’s 50 metre butterfly.
Whitney Rich (Dorchester) of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks swam to four gold medals at the OUA champions hips, including a record-breaking performance in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke in a time of 1:11.15. She is a serious threat to add to her hardware in Vancouver.
Cameron Bailey (Hamilton, Ont.) of the McMaster Marauders won three gold and one silver medal at the OUA championships. Bailey combined with David Landry (Oakville, Ont.), Matthew Vogelzang (Waterford, Ont.) and Zack Dewolfe (Windsor, Ont.) for gold in the men’s 400 metre freestyle relay in a time of 3:28.07. Landry and Dewolfe teamed up with Jonathan Moga (Ottawa, Ont.) and Michael MacDonald (Kingston, Ont.) to earn a first-place finish in the men’s 200 metre freestyle relay. Dewolfe also took gold in the men’s 50 metre freestyle in a time of 23.72. Meg Sloan (St. Thomas), Michelle Krug (Chatham), Sara Thompson (Toronto) and Stephanie Sun (Toronto) won gold in the women’s 200 metre medley relay for the Marauders.
Chantique Payne (Brantford) of the Guelph Gryphons won two gold in women’s butterfly r aces to go along with one silver medal in the 50 metre freestyle. Teammate Scott Van Doormal (Guelph) won gold in the men’s 200 metre backstroke in a time of 2:00.67 and silver in the 1,500 metre freestyle. Jonathon Pilon (Vankleek Hill) and Patrick McBride (Salem) were also silver medalists.
Brittany Maltais (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) of the Laurentian Lady Vees won silver in the women ‘s 50 metre breaststroke. Robert Irvine (Whitby) of the Ottawa Gee-Gees placed second in the men’s 400 metre freestyle, and Holly Hopkins (Kapuskasing) of the Brock Badgers earned a silver medal in the women’s 100 metre backstroke.