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RECAP: Gold for Champagne and Casarin, eight team medals on Day Two

Saturday February 10, 2018
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Jing Qu

The competition continued Friday in London, Ont., at the 2018 OUA Swimming Championships. The Gee-Gees performed exceptionally well on day two of the championships, capturing eight medals, and finishing the day off with an additional five top 8 performances.

The Gee-Gees earned two medals in the first event final of the evening on Friday. Delphine Vandal won a silver medal in the women’s 400m freestyle race in a time of 4:15.00 and was followed up by teammate Mackenzie Finkbeiner who won the bronze medal with a time of 4:18.82. Both Vandal and Finkbeiner qualify for the U SPORTS National Championships.

Vandal and Finkbeiner were joined by teammates Alina Yli-Juuti and Morgan McCartney for the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay where they swam their way to another bronze medal. The relay team beat out McMaster for third place with a time of 8:27.60. After day two the Gee-Gees women sit in fourth place in the team rankings, with 28.5 points separating them from the third place McMaster Marauders.

Davide Casarin continued to shine on day two of the meet, earning three medals to add to his collection from day one. Davide’s first medal of the day came in the men’s 400m freestyle race where he won a gold medal in a time of 3:50.34 beating the second-place finisher by more than two seconds. Davide also won a silver medal in the 200m butterfly, finishing behind teammate Montana Champagne who won the gold medal in a time of 1:57.37, defending his 2017 gold in that event.

Rounding out the individual medals on the men’s side for the Gee-Gees was Miles Ruttan who earned a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke. While Ruttan had already qualified for the U SPORTS Championships, his time of 55.90 was an improvement over his previous qualifier.

Marco Tanasijevic, and James Cormier joined forces with Champagne and Casarin for the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay to win a silver medal and earn the team’s final medal of day two. After coming from behind in the early stages of the race and exchanging places with Western, Guelph and McMaster throughout a large part of the race, the Gee-Gees finished strong to win the silver medal in a time of 7:32.24. After day two of the competition the Gee-Gees sit in third place in the men’s team rankings with 344 points.

The Gee-Gees had 11 swimmers qualify for A finals, while another 18 Gee-Gees competed in B finals on Day Two of the 2018 OUA Swimming Championships.

-Gees Day Two Top Results

Women’s 400m Freestyle
2 - Delphine Vandal – 4:15.00 *
3 - Mackenzie Finkbeiner – 4:18.82 *
16 - Alina Juuti – 4:32.94

Men’s 400m Freestyle
1 - Davide Casarin – 3:50.34 *
5 - James Cormier – 3:58.39
15 - Marco Tanasijevic – 4:06.69

Women’s 50m Butterfly
11 - Cattuong Le – 28.28 *
12 - Dana Sherrard – 28.38 *

Men’s 50m Butterfly
12 - Terry Wang - 25.79

Women’s 200m Breaststroke
8 - Samantha Mallow – 2:36.93 *
9 - Lauren Shearer – 2:35.09 *
10 - Joanne Diemert - 2:39.31
12 - Anne Marie Kaczmarczyk – 2:40.25

Men’s 200m Breaststroke
5 - Dawson Konrad – 2:18.36
6 - Ethan Rice – 2:18.48
9 - Issac Jacob – 2:18.78
12 - Tyler Smith – 2:21.46

Women’s 100m Backstroke
13 - Erin Power – 1:04.71

Men’s 100m Backstroke
3 - Miles Ruttan – 55.90 *
10 - Jordan Doucette – 58.37

Women’s 200m Butterfly
8 - Claudie Richard – 2:24.09
12 - Claire Fong-McMaster – 2:24.68
15 - Alina Juuti – 2:28.24
16 - Staphanie Shuai – 2:31.89

Men’s 200m Butterfly
1 - Montana Champagne – 1:57.37
2 - Davide Casarin – 1:58.79

Women’s 50m Freestyle
13 - Morgan Mccartney – 26.68

Men’s 50m Freestyle
15 - Benjamin Dery – 24.02
16 - William Green – 24.10

Women’s 800m Freestyle Relay
3 – Mackenzie Finkbeiner, Alina Juuti, Delphine Vandal, and Morgan Mccartney – 8:27.60

Men’s 800m Freestyle Relay
2 – James Cormier, Montana Champagne, Marco Tanasijevic, and Davide Casarin – 7:32.24

* = USPORTS Qualifying Time