East Elgin wins prestigious team award at the WOSSAA swim championships
while qualifying 15 athletes for the high school provincial meet
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - Alyssa Voros made a good choice returning to the pool.
The East Elgin Eagle is heading to the OFSAA swimming championships in three events, including the High School Division 15 years and over 100-metre back, an event Voros won at Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) swimming.
The East Elgin Eagles dominated in pool at WOSSAA, not only sending 15 swimmers to OFSAA championships, but capturing the team award at the championships, held at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
"It's a great accomplishment for our school," said Lauren Kremers, who won three individual events, the High School division under-14 girls' 50-metre fly (33.51 seconds), 100m I.M. (1:22.13) and 50m back (34.86 sec.).
Adds Seth Walker, who took gold in the High School division 15 years and over boys' 50 fly (29.15 sec.), silver in the 100 I.M. (1:08.00) and gold in the 200-metre medley relay, with Nick Cowx, Ethan Neusteter, Joshua Hernandez.
"We are all hard working people and we make sure we get our time in."
The (Mike Williams) team award, is for the team that scored the most points per swimmer. The Eagles' 16 scored an average of 37.5 points per swimmer. Overall the Eagles placed third out of 36 teams, behind London Banting and London Lucas.
Athletes winning races or meeting OFSAA qualifying times in their respective events, advance to OFSAA, March 3/4 at the Pan Am Centre in Toronto.
Voros, in her final year at East Elgin, made a splashing debut in the high school pool.
"I've never been to OFSAA for any other sport. To go to OFSAA for my high school career has been a goal and now I've achieved it," said Voros, who has played volleyball in previous winter seasons. "I swam club with the Optimist Aeros for seven years. I've always loved the water and enjoyed being in it. I saw a lot of my friends on the high school team when I was on the volleyball court. It brought back old memories and I missed it, so I decided to switch to swimming this year."
Voros won the back stroke in 1:15.30, took silver in the 50 fly (33.60 sec.) and helped the Eagles' over 15 years girls' 200-metre medley relay, with Melena Siannas, Leah Collard, Jillian Krahn, qualify for OFSAA finishing fourth (2:31.04).
"I haven't practiced in over two years and here I am making personal bests and qualifying for OFSAA," Voros said. "I didn't think that was going to happen. It's amazing."
One swimmer who knew Voros had the abilities is Parkside Stampeder Briar McCaw. Both swam for the Aylmer Optimist Arrows prior to high school.
"She's done awesome. It's fun to compete against her. Her pull is so strong. She just moves across that water," McCaw said. "
Kremers repeated as WOSSAA champion in the 50-metre back (33.51sec.), winning a year ago as a Grade nine competitor.
"It was exciting to do it again and keep my standing I guess," said Kremers. "My 50 back and 50 fly, they were pretty expected. My 100 I.M., it was just luck out of the blue."
Last year at OFSAA, Kremers just missed the podium in the 50 back.
"I really enjoyed it last year and since I got fourth last year (50 back) I'm trying to get in the medals this year," said Kremers, adding she has been working on improving technique. "My underwater dolphins, trying to stay under the water a lot longer and kicking with my whole leg and not just from my knee down."
Kremers, Sovann Green, Brianna Syrnyk and Leah Collard, swam to silver, in the U14 girls' 200-metre medley relay (1:22.13).
This year, Emma Beggs is the Eagles' Grade nine phenom.
Beggs won the Open Girls' 100-metre back (1:09.10) and 200-metre I.M. (2:33.4), placed second in the 100-metre breast (1:18.46) and won gold with the Eagles' open girls' 200-medley relay team, with Haley Broer, Kaylee Smith and Kaitlyn Preszcator (2:10.93).
"High school swimming is a different experience and I really like the team atmosphere. It's a lot of fun and I'm really excited," Beggs said. "I wasn't expecting to make as many events as I did because the times were really fast."
Beggs is a graduate of Davenport elementary and trains with the Ingersoll Speed Sharks when not with the Eagles.
"I'm really excited about the relay the most. We have a lot of fun together," Beggs said.
Along with Kremers, Walker also returns to OFSAA looking for a better result.
"It means a lot to me because it's my last year, so I'm hoping to get a high placement." Walker said.
Syrnyk finished second behind Kremers and qualified for OFSAA, in both the high school U14 girls' 50 fly (34.47 sec.) and 50 back (35.78 sec.).
In fact, the Eagles finished one-two-three in the 50 back, with Collard finishing third (37.01 sec.) and qualifying for OFSAA.
Syrnyk also finished second in the U14 girls' 50 free (32.74) and Collard placed fifth in the U14 girls' 100 I.M. (1:31.21), but missed the OFSAA standard.
Other East Elgin results: Haley Broer, third, open girls' 100 back (1:11.00), fourth, 100 I.M. (1:14.82) and sixth, 50 free (29.9 sec.); Joshua Hernandez, fourth, high school division U14 boys' 100 I.M. (1:23.57), eighth, 50 free (30.5 sec.); Siannas, fourth, 15 years and over girls' 100 back (1:22.29); Kaylee Smith, eighth, open girls' 100 breast (1:25.28), 14th, 100 I.M. (1:21.18); Kaitlyn Preszcator, sixth, open girls' 100 back (1:17.43), 13th, 50 free (50.57 sec.); Krahn, 11th, 15 years and over girls' 100 back (1:31.32); Cowx, 25th, 15 years and over boys' 50 free (31.05 sec.); Jenna Sleegers, 34th, high school U14 girls' 50 free; girls' 400m free relay (Sleegers, Green, Smith, Preszcator), fifth (5:25.01); high school 15 years and over 200m medley relay (Siannas, Krahn, Sleegers, Voros) seventh (2:22.43).
PCI's McCaw qualifies in three events
McCaw qualified for OFSAA in each of her three races, the High School division 15 years and over girls' 100 I.M. (1:18.79), 50 fly (33.67 sec.) and 100 back (1:18.75).
"I'm happy to be going to OFSAA again. The Pan Am pool was so amazing to swim in last year, so I was really hoping to get back to swim in to because it's such as nice pool," said McCaw. "I wasn't sure that I would get to go this year because I had some injuries with my foot. My times aren't as fast as they were last year, but for everything I've been through this year I think I've done well. I still taken time off my times this year, setting season PBs in all of my events (at WOSSAA)."
Rams' para team and Barry head to OFSAA
St. Joseph's Ram Luke Barry won the open men's 100 breast (1:15.42) and the win advances him to OFSAA. Barry also finished 12th, in the open boys' 50 free (29.09 sec.) but missed the qualifying standard.
Four para swimmers will join Barry at the provincial meet.
Serena Hu won the para 15 years and over girls' 50 free.
Owen Gillet placed second in both the para 15 years and over boys' 50 and 100-metre free races.
Diego Alban-Gasca placed second in the para U14 boys' 50 free, a race Gillet set the WOSSAA record of 42.7 seconds last season. Gillet also holds the recording in the U14 boys' 100 free.
Gabe Dala finished fifth in the para 15 years and over boys' 50 free race.
Currah represents Dorchester
Aiden Currah, the lone competitor for Dorchester, placed second qualifying for OFSAA in the open boys' 100-metre free (58.93 sec.).
Other WOSSAA results
Central Elgin Titan Akie Walters finished third, in the open girls' 100-metre free (1:09.58), eighth, 100 back (1:17.66) and 10th, 50 fly (30.18 sec.).
Parkside's Ruby Watson placed fifth, in the open girls' 100 free (1:11.08) and 16th, 50 free (31.47 sec.).
The Stampeders' team of Claire Golding, Faith Hudson, Ashley VanZeggelaar and Emily Reavely, was ninth in the U14 girls' 200-metre freestyle relay and 12th in the medley relay.
Ram Jill Bartlett placed fourth, in the open girls' 100-metre breast (1:22.14), 12th, in the 100 I.M. and 21st, in the 50 free (32.10 sec.).
Ram Jaden Deimiranda finished eighth, in the open boys' 50 free (28.11 sec.)
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