Swimming

Knights are at home in the water


Coach Jessica Dyment is understandably proud that her team at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School has now won 15 of the past 16 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school swimming championships.

(Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

(Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

But she also gets a kick out of seeing individuals on the swim squad excel. After Wednesday’s (Dec. 16) city finals at the McMaster University Pool, Dyment spoke glowingly of Brandon Kefford’s accomplishment for the Knights.

“Brandon is one of our junior swimmers and he had never swam butterfly before,” Dyment said. “He came in first today. So he learned butterfly in October and came away with a gold medal. That was pretty impressive.”

Kefford was part of the 63 members of the St. Thomas More team this year.

“Only 52 swam here … we don’t have spots for all of them,” the veteran More coach said.

About 200 competitors overall from eight schools took part in this year’s meet.

The Knights took the team title with 1,436 points, followed by St. Mary Crusaders (1,108), Bishop Tonnos Titans (1,064), Bishop Ryan Swim Team (856), Cardinal Newman Cardinals (732), St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves (654), Cathedral Gaels (211) and ACMT Jaguars (134).

“It wasn’t by much,” Dyment said of More’s margin of victory in the team standings over coach Philip Hunks’ Crusaders.

Sisters Alyzee and Chanel Minichini of the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves each won four events while teammate Cassandra Darby picked up three victories. Other three-event winners included Kevin Bagnell of St. Mary, Nick Bartchouk, Ashley Bessi, Abey Ormond and Baoro Kim of Tonnos along with Michael Morosin of More.

The Brebeuf girls’ 15-and-over relay foursome of Darby, the Minichinis and Caitlin McKenzie won their 200m medley and 200m freestyle races at Mac and hope to return to Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations finals where they raced to a silver medal last March in Etobicoke. Krystal Clayborne swam at the HWCAA competition instead of McKenzie in the medley final.

(Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

(Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

“Alyzee and Caitlin are in Grade 10 but swam up on the senior relay teams,” Brebeuf coach Daniela Castaldi said. “We took a second off our freestyle relay time. And we just came back from a meet in Ohio where we did quite well.”

The Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference finals will be held in February at McMaster. That’s followed by the OFSAA March 8-9 in Windsor.

Four mini meets were held earlier this season for the HWCAA schools. Swimmers are divided into junior, senior and open categories.

First place results

Women 200m freestyle – Jessica Simpson, 16, Bishop Ryan, 2:42.60

Men 200m freestyle – Kevin Bagnell, 14, St. Mary

Girls 15 & over 200m freestyle – Lindsay Liboiron, 15, Bishop Ryan, 2:24:15

Boys 15 & over 200m freestyle – Stefan Bonomo, 17, Cardinal Newman, 2:42.08

Girls 13-14 200m medley relay – Mikayla Restauri, 13, Milan Gibson, 13, Chantel Whitehead, 13, Samantha Mule, 13, St. Thomas More, 2:59.87

Boys 13-14 200m medley relay – Brandon Kefford, 14, Michael Mattei, Luke Noseworthy, 14, Mitchell Anderson, 14, St. Thomas More, 2:57.95

Women 200m medley relay – Ashley Bessi, 13, Abey Ormond, 14, Maggie Price, 13, Sophie Dunn, 16, Bishop Tonnos, 2:28.43

Men 200m medley relay – Nick Bartchouk, 15, Drew Howlett, 15, Chris Pappin, 15, Dan Bartchouk, 16, Bishop Tonnos, 2:21.02

Girls 13-14 50m freestyle – Milan Gibson, 13, St. Thomas More, UA

Boys 13-14 50m freestyle – Baoro Kim, 13, Bishop Tonnos, 27.49

Girls 15 & over 50m freestyle – Cassandra Darby, 15, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 33.10

Boys 15 & over 50m freestyle – Nick Bartchouk, 15, Bishop Tonnos, 28.38

Women 50m freestyle – Ashley Bessi, 13, Bishop Tonnos, 29.95

Men 50m freestyle – Kevin Bagnell, 14, St. Mary, 28.64

Girls 13-14 50m butterfly – Alyzee Minichini, 14, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 35.89

Boys 13-14 50m butterfly – Baoro Kim, 13, Bishop Tonnos, 29.83

Girls 15 & over 50m butterfly – Chanel Minichini, 15, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 32.99

Boys 15 & over 50m butterfly – Stefan Bonomo, 17, Cardinal Newman, 34.84

Women 100m butterfly – Abey Ormond, 14, Bishop Tonnos, 1:13.52

Men 100m butterfly – Jason Topping, Cardinal Newman, 15, 1:09.67

Girls 13-14 50m breaststroke – Caitlin McKenzie, 14, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 44.95

Boys 13-14 50m breaststroke – Jacob Lunenberg, 14, St. Jean de Brebeuf, UA

Girls 15 & over 100m breaststroke – Sam Despond, 16, St. Mary, 1:33.12

Boys 15 & over 100m breaststroke – Brandon Luong, 15, St. Thomas More, 1:26.45

Women 100m breaststroke – Ashley Bessi, 13, Bishop Tonnos, 1:23.31

Men 100m breaststroke – Brendan Bartolozzi, 16, St. Thomas More, 1:24.27

Girls 15 & over 200m medley – Alyzee Minichini, 14, Krystal Clayborne, 16, Chanel Minichini, 15, Cassandra Darby, 15, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 2:27.80

Boys 15 & over 200m medley – Kevin Vinu, 15, Brandon Luong, 15, Michael Morosin, 15, David Stevens, 17, St. Thomas More, 2:30.38

Girls 13-14 200m freestyle relay – Taylor Koczan, 14, Isabella Black, 13, Jalen Hill, 13, Jessica Geromella, 13, Cardinal Newman, 2:32.67

Boys 13-14 200m freestyle relay – Matt Valaitis, 14, Alex Mitton, 13, Jacob Stampfli, 14, Baoro Kim, 13, Bishop Tonnos, 2:17.38

Girls 15 & over 100m IM – Sam Despond, 16, St. Mary, 1:20.53

Boys 15 & over 100m IM – Ben Straughan, 16, Bishop Ryan, 1:27.32

Women 100m IM – Emilia Violin, 13, St. Mary, 1:18.52

Men 100m IM – Jason Topping, 15, Cardinal Newman, 1:07.27

Girls 13-14 100m IM – Isabella Manzella, 14, Cardinal Newman, 1:38.72

Boys 13-14 100m IM – Brandon Kefford, 14, St. Thomas More, 1:36.31

Girls 15 & over 100m freestyle – Faith Andrejciw, 16, Bishop Ryan, 1:16.23

Boys 15 & over 100m freestyle – Michael Morosin, 15, St. Thomas More, 1:08.40

Women 100m freestyle – Abey Ormond, 14, Bishop Tonnos, 1:07.76

Men 100m freestyle –Chris Pappin, 15, Bishop Tonnos, 1:04.99

Girls 13-14 100m freestyle – Milan Gibson, 13, St. Thomas More, 1:23.81

Boys 13-14 100m freestyle – Jacob Stampfli, 14, Bishop Tonnos, 1:21.83

Girls 15 & over 100m backstroke – Chanel Minichini, 15, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 1:14.03

Boys 15 & over 100m backstroke – Nick Bartchouk, 15, Bishop Tonnos

Women 100m backstroke – Amalia Lukezic, 14, Cardinal Newman, 1:24.06

Men 100m backstroke – Liam Donnelly, 15, St. Mary, 1:24.82

Girls 13-14 50m backstroke – Alyzee Minichini, 14, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 36.56

Boys 13-14 50m backstroke – Matt Valaitis, 14, Bishop Tonnos, 41.30

Girls 15 & over 200m freestyle relay – Alyzee Minichini, 14, Caitlin McKenzie, 14, Cassandra Darby, 15, Chanel Minichini, 15, St. Jean de Brebeuf, 2:11.73

Boys 15 & over 200m freestyle relay – Kevin Vinu, 15, Kainoa Perez, 15, Michael Rillo, 16, Michael Morosin, 15, St. Thomas More, 2:00.41

Women 400m freestyle relay – Emilia Violin, 13, Vivi Hazaras, 14, Abigayle Gravelle, 16, Nadia Walker, 14, St. Mary, 4:52.49

Men 400m freestyle relay – Kevin Bagnell, 14, Keven Brennan, 13, Liam Donnelly, 15, Graham Bohm, 15, St. Mary, 4:28.01

Mixed 50m freestyle – Ryan Sorley, Bishop Ryan, 1:01.93

Mixed 100m freestyle – Ryan Sorley, 15, Bishop Ryan, 2:30.45.

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