Mohawk tandem earn trip to OCAA badminton finals

The team of Chris Hong and Mohammad Nazimuddin will represent Mohawk at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association badminton championships in London later this month. They finished second in the men’s doubles section of the West Regionals held at Mohawk’s Fennell Gymnasium this weekend (Feb. 4-5).

Hong and Nazimuddin finished with a 5-1 record. The Mark Wong-Timothy Lam team from Humber won with a 6-0 mark. They had a real battle against the Mohawk tandem, rallying to win 16-21. 23-21, 21-16.

Mohawk was not entered in the women’s doubles which was won by the Humber team of Renee Yip and Alyssa Woon at 5-0.

In mixed play, Mohawk’s duo of Alicia Jenkins and Kien Tran placed fifth with a 2-4 mark. Julie Schell and Vuong (Johnny) Tran took gold with a 6-0 record.

Mohawk’s Nicolaas VanGemert finished fourth in his men’s singles with a 2-3 record.

Mountaineer Le Nguyen was fifth in his pool at 2-4.

In women’s singles, Mohawk’s lone representative, Courtney Ustrzycki, was sixth at 0-5.

The singles events went to playoffs and Christopher Dupuis of Humber downed Randall Brus of Redeemer in the men’s gold medal match. Each will go to the OCAA championships as will another Humber player, Desmond Yao, who captured bronze.

In women’s play, Tracy Wong of Humber beat Fanshawe’s Annie Balgobin in the title match. Both move to the provincial event along with bronze medal winner Rebecca Woodstra of Redeemer.

The OCAA championships will be at Fanshawe College Feb. 18-19.