ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (November 27, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks swim team competed in the 2017 OUA deBray Division Championships this past weekend where the men’s team finished third while the women’s team finished fourth.
Leading the men’s team to their third place finish, where they accumulated 608 team points over the two-day meet, was rookie Ethan Locis
of Cambridge, Ont. The backstroke specialist won the men’s 200m race in a time of two minutes, 7.09 seconds, over two seconds faster than his seed time, and finished second in the 100m distance in 58.73.
He rounded out his first major conference meet by helping the men’s 400m freestyle relay team to a third place finish, combining with Jacob Eby
of Kingston, Ont., Matt Kotasinski of Toronto and Michael Neves
of Brampton, Ont., to post a time of 3:35.99.
Other Hawks shining in the men’s competition included rookie Connor Norval
of Richmond Hill, Ont., a distance specialist who finished second in the 1500m freestyle in 16:26.58 and third in the 400m freestyle after touching the wall in 4:08.78. He also added a fourth place showing in the 200m butterfly.
Third year Max Hughes
of Toronto, also had a Top 3 finish for the men’s team. In the 400m individual medley, he came third thanks to a time of 4:41.55.
The men’s final Top 3 finish was courtesy of the 200m freestyle relay featuring John Stoyan
of Toronto, Eby, Kotasinski and Kenney Tam
of Markham, Ont. The group grabbed third place in the race as they posted an impressive time of 1:36.46, almost five seconds faster than their seeding.
Over in the women’s event, the Hawks, who posted 463 points for the weekend, were paced by breaststroke specialist Jasmine Raines
of Kitchener, Ont. Like she did in her rookie season, Raines swept the breaststroke events winning the 50m, 100m and 200m. Her performance in the 200m was particularly impressive as she won the race by almost nine seconds over her nearest competitor, posting a time of 2:31.67.
Raines would pair with her teammates to capture two other Top 3 finishes for the meet. She was a part of the 200m medley relay team, also featuring Stephanie Yue
of Hong Kong, Jocelyn Chassie
of Kirkland Lake, Ont., and Sarah El-Badawy
of Waterloo, Ont., that finished second in 2:00.69, nearly two seconds faster than their seed time. Partnering with the same trio, the group finished third in the 400m freestyle relay after touching the wall in 3:59.70.
Chassie was also a star for Laurier at the meet, as she added a third place finish in the 200m individual medley in 2:25.11. She also came fourth in the 200m freestyle and the 400m individual medley, and fifth in the 100m freestyle.
The Hawks will have one final meet before the winter break as they head to London, Ont., this weekend for the Western Invitational.