The Desjardins uOttawa female athlete of the week is the new OUA record holder in the 200m backstroke, Taylor Moore. Moore was named the athlete of the week in November when she set a new uOttawa record in the same event. Heading into the OUA Championships this weekend Moore was the top-ranked swimmer in the 200 back and she lived up to the expectations by smashing her own personal best of 2:11.87 and the previous OUA record by over a second. Moore’s gold-medal winning time of 2:10.60 broke a twelve-year old record which had been set at 2:11.62 by Olympian Liz Warden. The third-year swimmer also finished fifth in the 100m backstroke, and helped the women’s relay team finish fourth in the 400m medley, lifting the team to a fourth place finish in the overall OUA team standings.
The Desjardins uOttawa male athlete of the week is also a repeat winner. Johnny Berhanemeskel had another outstanding performance this weekend, capped off by making an incredible buzzer-beating basket which gave the Gee-Gees a chance to finish in second place in the OUA East. The Ottawa native had just 0.3 seconds to hit his three pointer and give the Gee-Gees a 70-63 win over the Ryerson Rams on Saturday night. The basket was Berhanemeskel’s fifth three-pointer of the game as he led the team in scoring with 23 points. Berhanemeskel leads the CIS in three-point baskets made this season and has the fifth best accuracy in the country from long range at 48.5 per cent. Saturday’s game was the sniper’s tenth game of the season in which he scored 20 or more points.