UCC swimmers win junior and senior OFSAA titles

After dominant performances at the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) championships last month, Upper Canada College’s junior and senior swim teams showed just how talented they were at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) meet on March 5 and 6 at Toronto Pan Am Pool.
Both the OFSAA junior and senior boys championships went to UCC, and the College’s swimmers finished third overall among the 327 schools that took part, including those that had both boys’ and girls’ teams adding to their point total. UCC finished just 54.5 points behind the overall champion.
UCC’s junior team members, comprised of students in Years 5 through 8, captured the U11, U12, U13, U14, open U14 and overall boys titles at the CISAA championships at Markham Pan Am Pool on Feb. 27.
Nick De Chazal was UCC’s top junior swimmer at OFSAA, capturing a silver medal in the 100-metre freestyle and bronze in the 50-metre backstroke. De Chazal teamed with Aaren Fung, Michael Wilson and Jack Fejer to earn a silver medal in the 200-metre freestyle relay, finishing just 0.16 seconds behind the winners.
The senior team repeated as the top under-20 high school swim squad in Ontario with its OFSAA title.
James Kingsmill was UCC’s top senior swimmer. He won his second straight gold medal in the 100-metre individual medley and silver in the 100-metre backstroke in a performance that bettered the school record he set last year. John Babits claimed a bronze medal in the senior 50-metre freestyle with a school record time of 24.85 seconds.
Kingsmill and Babits joined up with Ben Sun and Matt Karmitz to claim their second consecutive gold medal in the 200-metre medley relay. Each swimmer swam a personal best, and they just missed breaking the OFSAA record by less than half-a-second.
Babits, Sun, Andrew Downing, Will Blair and Phil Kong combined to earn a sliver medal in the 200-metre freestyle relay.
UCC head swimming coach Vlad Roytberg wrote OFSAA reports for those interested in more details about swimmers that gave it their all but didn’t earn a spot on the medal podium. The results for all 2,175 swimmers who took part in the OFSAA meet can be found here.
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