SWIMMERS RACE FOR OUA GLORY IN NATION'S CAPITAL THIS WEEKEND
February 5, 2009
Swimmers from 13 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) schools will converge on the University of Ottawa for the 2008-09 OUA Swimming Championships beginning this Friday.
The Toronto Varsity Blues are defending champions once again, having won eight consecutive women's titles and five successive men's crowns. The team features some recognizable athletes, as fourth-year swimmer Colin Russell (Burlington, Ont.) and freshman Luke Hall (Swaziland) both competed for their respective nations at the recent Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Russell participated in the 200 metre freestyle as well as the 4x200 metre and 4x100 metre freestyle relays. He recorded a fifth-place finish for Canada in the 4x200 race, competing against some of the best swimmers in the world. Hall swam the 50 metre freestyle and finished fourth in his heat.
If you're in the Ottawa area and you want to hang out somewhere warm this weekend, swing by the University of Ottawa to watch the OUA Swim Championships. You'll be treated to great racing, and you'll have lots of triathletes to cheer for, including Andrew Woegerer (Western), Tyler Bredschneider (Guelph), Angela Quick (Guelph), and Dorelle Hinton (Guelph). There are a few others who might be representing their schools, but I'm not entirely sure - leave a virtual cheer in the comments for any others I've missed. You can read the full pre-OUA report, including the event schedule, here.