Upper Canada College swimmers finished second overall at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships, as both the junior and senior teams placed second in their respective divisions.
“After five months of preparation — for some of these athletes, more like eight years of training — we achieved the best results ever for the UCC swim program,” said coach Vlad Roytberg.
UCC’s junior team tallied 286 points to finish 33 points behind Georgetown District High School, but ahead of 86 other high schools.
“Heading into OFSAA as CISAA champions and with only five individual entries and two relays, the junior swimmers had some of the best results of any junior team in the province,” said Roytberg.
The College’s senior swimmers racked up 432 points to be narrowly edged out by St. Andrew’s College’s 440. Eighty-five senior men’s teams competed over two days.
“Coming off their strong showing at the CISAA championship where they repeated as overall CISAA men’s champions for the fifth year in a row, we had our best chance ever of winning an OFSAA championship,” said Roytberg. “We were head-to-head with a very strong SAC squad and it was a battle down to the last race on Wednesday.
“Swimming is a very difficult sport and the guys fought brilliantly to almost pull off the victory.”
The Blues’ combined scores were enough to place UCC second overall behind Georgetown District High School, which also earned a significant amount of points from its female swimmers. There were 274 co-ed and single gender schools from across the province taking part in the meet, which was held at the Etobicoke Olympium on March 3 and 4.
Here are the top results by UCC swimmers from day one:
These were the UCC medalists on day two: