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RECAP: Major awards and more medals at final day of OUA Swimming Championships

Saturday February 10, 2018
Sean Hookey

On the third and final day of the 2018 OUA Swimming Championships from London, Ont., the Gee-Gees added four more medals to their tally, with an additional ten top-eight finishes.

The women’s team wrapped up the weekend in fourth place, while the men’s team finished in third.

The Gee-Gees first medal of the day came in the women’s 800m freestyle race when Delphine Vandal worked her way into medal contention early in the race and didn’t look back. Vandal, a third-year communications and sociology student, won her second silver medal of the weekend, bettering her season best in the 800m freestyle, with a U SPORTS qualifying time of 8:52.11.

The Gee-Gees next medal came from none other than Davide Casarin, who also swam a season best 49.70, to win the silver medal in the men’s 100m freestyle. After Casarin’s standout performance at the championships earning six medals, he also earned the title of Male Athlete of the Year. Davide joins Matt Hawes, the 2010-11 winner, as only the second Gee-Gee to earn Athlete of the Year honours on either the men’s or women’s side.

The Gee-Gees continued to be an undeniable force in the men’s 200m individual medley final, where Montana Champagne and James Cormier took the lead from the start and never slowed. Champagne won the event for the second consecutive year and earned his fourth medal of the championships, while Cormier claimed the silver medal in the event. Champagne’s continued success in the event helped him claim the Jeno Tihanyi Award for the second consecutive year. The Jeno Tihanyi Award is presented to a male and female athlete annually for individual medley excellence.

Rookie Jacob Isaac also joined Casarin and Champagne in receiving a major OUA awards, being named Male Rookie of the Year. Jacob is the first male swimmer from the Gee-Gees to earn the title, the only other Gee-Gees to earn a Rookie of the Year award was Caitlin Hodge, on the women’s side, in the 2013-14 season. Isaac’s top performances of the weekend included a ninth-place finish in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, and a 12th-placed finish in the 400m individual medley.

Gee-Gees head coach Dave Heinbuch also earned top honours for the 2017-2018 OUA swimming season, being named Male Coach of the Year. The award is Heinbuch’s first during his tenure with the Gee-Gees, and joins Iain McDonald who earned the title twice in 2006-07 and 2008-09.

After a strong performance at the OUA Championships, the Gee-Gees will look to cap off their season with more hardware at the U SPORTS National Championships. The event will take place on Feb. 22-24 at the University of Toronto.

Gee-Gees Day Two Top Results:

Women’s 200m Medley Relay
6 – Claudie Richard, Lauren Shearer, Dana Sherrard, and Erin Power – 1:58.96

Men’s 200m Medley Relay
5 – Miles Ruttan, Jacob Isaac, Terry Wang, and Benjamin Dery – 1:44.26

Women’s 800m Freestyle
2 – Delphine Vandal – 8:52.11 *
4 – Mackenzie Finkbeiner – 8:57.71
12 – Alina Juuti – 9:24.92

Women’s 50m Breaststroke
8 – Lauren Shearer – 33.33
13 – Joanne Diemert – 34.22
14 – Samantha Mallon – 34.24

Men’s 50m Breaststroke
13 – Benjamin Dery – 29.41
15 – Tyler Smith – 29.67

Women’s 200m Backstroke
16 - Mackenzie Finkbeiner – 2:23.82

Men’s 200m Backstroke
6 - Montana Champagne – 2:03.78
11 - Jordan Doucette – 2:06.58
14 - Connor Beals – 2:10.21

Women’s 100m Freestyle
8 - Delphine Vandal – 58.37

Men’s 100m Freestyle
2 - Davide Casarin – 49.70 *

Men's 1500m Freestyle
14 - Marco Tanasijevic – 16:35.33

Women’s 200m IM
7 - Morgan Mccartney – 2:23.44
8 - Anne Marie Kaczmarczyk – 2:25.77
10 - Stephanie Shuai – 2:23.77

Men’s 200m IM
1 - Montana Champagne – 1:59.85 *
2 - James Cormier – 2:02.08 *
14 - Jordan Doucette – 2:11.39
15 - Vincenzo Sljuka – 2:11.83
16 - William Green – 2:14.43

Women’s 400m Freestyle Relay
5 – Morgan McCartney, Cattuong Le, Delphine Vandal, and Alison Cudmore – 3:55.20

Men’s 400m Freestyle Relay
7 – Benjamin Dery, Miles Ruttan, Terry Wang, and William Green – 3:31.03

* = U SPORTS Qualifying Time