Athletes pool their OUA skills


oua_logoThe following student-athletes have been named Pioneer Energy Ontario University Athletics Athletes of the Week for the period ending Feb. 10.

Fourth-year veteran Zack Chetrat earns his honour after being named the OUA male swimmer of the year in leading the Varsity Blues to their 10th straight provincial title this weekend (Feb. 7-9) at Varsity Pool.

The Oakville native opened the meet by breaking teammate Frank Despond’s 2012 OUA record in the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:47.87. He then shattered his own 2011 record in the 200 butterfly (1:59.25) by almost three full seconds, setting a new mark in 1:56.34.

Chetrat was honoured with the Grand Slam award, claiming a fourth OUA 200 butterfly title in his university career. The economics and political science major also anchored U of T’s OUA recording-breaking 800 freestyle relay team and earned OUA first team all-star status.

Standout Guelph Gryphons swimmer Alisha Harricharian swept the butterfly events en route to a triple performance at the 2013 OUA championships this past weekend and was named the OUA female swimmer of the year.

The third-year Psychology student opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:13.80. The next day she claimed another gold with a first place finish in the 50 butterfly with a time of 27.52. A native of Brampton, Harricharian completed the sweep on day three, claiming the gold in the 100m butterfly, setting a new OUA record with a time of 1:00.22. She also added a bronze medal in the women’s 4 x 50 freestyle relay and is now off to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships next week in Calgary (Feb. 21-23).