OUA UNCOVERED: 2014-15 season in review
VARSITY BLUES MEN AND WOMEN CROWNED OUA CHAMPIO OTTAWA, Ont. - The Toronto Varsity Blues won both the men’s and women’s team titles at the 2015 Ontario University Athletics Championships, hosted at the University of Ottawa, February 5th - 7th. The Blues men have now won the conference meet for 12 straight seasons, while the women defended their 2014 title.
capped off the three-day meet winning the 400 IM title, to add to his 200 IM and 200 butterfly titles.
The Western Mustangs stood second in both the men’s and women’s standings but were well back of the defending champions. The Mustangs had a strong final day of competition, winning four gold medals, five silver, and one bronze. The Guelph Gryphons edged out McMaster by three points to take third place in the women’s rankings, with the Marauders in third on the men’s side.
Byron MacDonald earned OUA coach of the year honours on both the men’s and women’s sides for the second straight year.
Rookie sensation Kylie Masse took the meet by storm. She received the Dr. Jeno Tihanyi award for individual medley excellence and was honoured as both the female rookie and swimmer of the year. Masse won four individual titles, all in OUA record time, sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke events, while also winning the 200 IM. She was a member of U of T’s record-breaking 400 medley relay team and also helped the Blues to a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.
The University of Ottawa swimmers had success in their home pool, winning two gold medals on the final day of competition to finish with five overall golds and 17 medals.
On the men’s side, second-year standout Hochan Ryu garnered OUA swimmer of the year honours as well as the Dr. Jeno Tihanyi award. Ryu
U of T’s Oliver Straszynski garnered male rookie of the year honours, ending the meet with the 200 freestyle gold medal.
McMaster’s Konrad Bald won the 50-metre breaststroke, making him a four time OUA Champion in that event. That was McMaster’s only gold on Day Three, with four swimmers claiming silver.
The coaches also had the opportunity to recognize graduating student-athletes with special Awards of Dinstinction. This year seven athletes were recognized: McMaster’s Eric Anderson, Konrad Bald and Ben Stubbs, Ottawa’s Eryn Weldon, Toronto’s Paige Schultz and Vanessa Treasure, and Western’s Emma Sproule.