Faith Andrejciw’s personal recipe for creating an enjoyable mix of her high school studies and athletics involves adding slightly less water.
The Grade 10 student at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School currently only swims for the Celtics. She opted two years ago to give up club swimming, an activity she had been involved in for five years with the Hamilton Aquatic Club.
“I was starting out high school,” Andrejciw said Friday (Feb. 7) at the McMaster University pool. “I thought it would be too much to juggle school work and swimming. I had to choose one or the other.
“This is a good way to swim and have fun, instead of it being so stressful.”
Competing at the 2014 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association swim championships, Andrejciw won the junior girls’ 50 and 100-metre freestyle events. Her times were 33.56 seconds and 1:16.63, respectively.
“I’ve done a lot better before,” she said of her results. “I didn’t have really good races, but it was good enough.”
Last year, Andrejciw advanced to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations meet in Etobicoke. And she earned her way there by placing first in the 50m freestyle and second in the 100m freestyle at the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference championships.
About 250 entrants from eight schools took part in this year’s Catholic schools showcase event. The top six in each event qualify for the GHAC meet against representatives from Halton schools. That’s scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18 at McMaster.
Only winners from GHAC competition or those who have equaled OFSAA qualifying times are eligible to advance to the provincial high school championships March 4-5 at the Wayne Gretzky Centre in Brantford.
The HWCAA held three mini meets in November and December at the Jimmy Thompson Memorial Pool to prime the swimmers for the city championships.
“The meet went extremely smoothly this year,” said coach Jessica Dyment of St. Thomas More who, along with Philip Hunks of St. Mary, ran the show. “It’s 1:30 and we’re already done (3 p.m. had been the projected finish time). “The kids were absolutely fantastic.”
There were divisions for juniors (Grades 9 and 10) seniors (Grade 11 and 12) and open (swim club members).
The St. Thomas More Knights took the overall team title for the 13th time in the past 14 years. They scored a combined 1,674 points compared to 934 for the runner-up St. Mary Crusaders.
“I’m amazed how high our score was,” Dyment said. “In 15 years we’ve never almost doubled the second-place team. I’m really impressed.”
More, with its large 55-member squad, was able to pile up the points through participation in the relay events. More finished first in terms of girls’ and boys’ teams, too. St. Mary came second in both.
“We practise at Westmount once or twice a week after school,” Dyment said. “They all did well today.”
Another individual who continued to excel was Kenny MacKenzie of St. Mary and the Golden Horseshoe Aquatic Club. A bronze-medallist at OFSAA last year in the 100-metre breaststroke, MacKenzie came first in the open 100m freestyle (1:02.37), first in the 50m freestyle (27.07) and was a member of the Crusaders winning 400m freestyle relay entry. He has previously captured two GHAC championships, numerous HWCAA titles and was part of the 2011 International Children’s Games team in Scotland.
Hunks, a coach at St. Mary for nine years, said: “Kenny is the best swimmer here, but he’s currently injured. This year Kenny won’t be swimming his best stroke for OFSAA (breaststroke). He’s got national times for it.”
2014 HWCAA first place finishers
Girls 15 and over 200m medley relay – St. Jean de Brebeuf. Christina Letourneau, Angelina Beattie, Madelaine Dzerounian, Angelica Darby. 2:52.34
Boys 15 and over 200m medley relay – Cardinal Newman. Matthew Pateman, Mitchell Bakarich, Nick Biljian, Adam Kujawinski. 2:27.59
Girls 14 and under 200m medley relay – St. Jean de Brebeuf. Chanel Minichini, Krystal Claybourne, Tianna Cavoto, Cassandra Darby. 2:37.36
Boys 14 and under 200m medley relay – St. Thomas More. Mark Castillanes, Michael Rillo, Shawn Wong, Kyle McGrath. 2:41.41
Girls 200m medley relay – St. Thomas More. Aimee Perreault, Rachel Swan, Katelynn Rapson, Janna Ormond. 2:35.72
Boys 200m medley relay – St. Thomas More. Alex Chalcarz, Daniel Rivera, Brenden Bartolozzi, Santiago Salazar. 2:29.98
Girls 50m freestyle – Abbi Gravelle, St. Thomas More. 33.53
Boys 50m freestyle – Kenny MacKenzie, St. Mary, 27.07
Girls 200m freestyle – Katelynn Rapson, St. Mary, 2:33.49
Boys 200m freestyle – Liam Donnelly, St. Mary, 2:51.24
Girls 15 and over 200m freestyle – Caitlin McGrath, St. Thomas More, 3:16.53
Boys 15 and over 200m freestyle – Elliott Tanner, St. Thomas More, 3:11.49
Girls 14 and under 100m freestyle – Faith Andrejciw, Bishop Ryan, 1:16.63
Boys 14 and under 100m freestyle – Nicholas Bartchouk, Bishop Tonnos, 1:09.06
Girls 15 and over 50m freestyle – Alicia Giannetti, St. Thomas More, 33.13
Boys 15 and over 50m freestyle – Gregory Lech, Bishop Ryan, 30.80
Girls 100m individual medley – Romisa Shadidi, Bishop Tonnos, 1:24.74
Boys 100m individual medley – Brenden Bartolozzi, St. Thomas More, 1:16.28
Girls 200m individual medley – Katelynn Rapson, St. Mary, 2:52.97
Boys 200m individual medley – Jasen Topping, Cardinal Newman, 2:40.24
Girls 14 and under 100m individual medley – Chanel Minichini, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 1:17.27
Boys 14 and under 100m individual medley – Brendan Vincelli, St. Mary, 1:30.10
Girls 15 and over 100m individual medley – Hannah McGurk, St. Mary, 1:23.68
Boys 15 and over 100m individual medley – Jesse Danylow, St. Thomas More, 1:22.57
Girls 100m butterfly – Phoebe Pozega, St. Thomas More, 1:55.22
Boys 100m butterfly – Stefan Bonomo, Cardinal Newman, 1:18.25
Girls 14 and under 50m butterfly – Chanel Minichini, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 34.93
Boys 14 and under 50m butterfly – Brendan Vincelli, St. Mary, 36.28
Girls 15 and over 100m freestyle – Rebecca Conti, Cardinal Newman, 1:21.52
Boys 15 and over 100m freestyle – Adam Kujawinski, Cardinal Newman, 1:16.07
Girls 100m freestyle – Janna Ormond, St. Mary, 1:11.98
Boys 100m freestyle – Kenny MacKenzie, St. Mary, 1:02.37
Girls 14 and under 50m freestyle – 1. Faith Andrejciw, Bishop Ryan, 33.56
Boys 14 and under 50m freestyle – 1. Will Grubic, St. Mary, 32.29
Girls 15 and over 50m butterfly – 1. Hannah McGurk, St. Mary, 36.20
Boys 15 and over 50m butterfly – 1. Mitchell Bakarick, Cardinal Newman, 33.74
Girls 14 and under 50m backstroke – 1. Adele Arpino, Bishop Ryan, 43.06
Boys 14 and under 50m backstroke – 1. Nicholas Bartchouk, Bishop Tonnos, 37.00
Girls 15 and over 100m backstroke – 1. Meghan Vanderbeek, Cardinal Newman, 1:26.06
Boys 15 and over 100m backstroke – 1. Konstantino Tsaprailis, St. Thomas More, 1:31.63
Girls 100m backstroke – 1. Aimee Perreault, St. Mary, 1:25.71
Boys 100m backstroke – 1. Alex Chalcarz, St. Thomas More, 1:23.45
Girls 14 and under 50m backstroke – 1. Krystal Claybourne, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 47.20
Boys 14 and under 50m backstroke – 1. Kyle McGrath, St. Thomas More, 47.93
Girls 15 and over 100m breaststroke – 1. Madelaine Dzerounian, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 1:46.74
Boys 15 and over 100m breaststroke – 1. Alex Goldwire, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 1:30.38
Girls 100m breaststroke – 1. Rachel Swan, St. Mary, 1:40.03
Boys 100m breaststroke – 1. Filip Arezina, Cardinal Newman, 1:22.54
Girls 14 and under 200m freestyle relay – 1. St. Jean de Brebeuf. Tianna Cavoto, Krystal Claybourne, Cassandra Darby, Chanel Minichini. 2:23.97
Boys 14 and under 200m freestyle relay – 1. St. Thomas More. Shawn Wong, Michael Morosin, Kyle McGrath, Michael Rillo. 2:17.08
Girls 15 and over 200m freestyle relay – 1. St. Thomas More. Caitlin McGrath, Isabella Kuscu, Aga Jaskot, Alicia Giannetti. 2:27.16
Boys 15 and over 200m freestyle relay – 1. St. Thomas More. Jesse Danylow, Tanner Elliott, Nicholas Feria, Mohammed Seif. 2:09.43
Girls 400m freestyle relay – 1. St. Mary. Katelynn Rapson, Abbi Gravelle, Aimee Perreault, Janna Ormond. 5:018.17
Boys 400m freestyle relay – 1. St. Mary. Liam Donnelly, Alexander Brennan, Graham Bohm, Kenny MacKenzie. 4:49.87.