Western's Elite Swimmers Collecting Well-Earned Awards!

Silver Was Western's Colour At OUA Swimming Championships

Roger Cumberbatch

When the weather outside is frightful, well, you know the rest.  While Old Man Winter was doing his best to wreak havoc outdoors in London, inside there was enough energy in the atmosphere to heat the entire city.  This past Thursday was the OUA Provincial Swimming Championships. 3 days of both individual and team swimming competition at the Recreation Centre on campus at Western.  Among the competitors was an Olympic athlete and World record holder, representing the University of Toronto Varsity Blues,  named Kylie Masse.  Masse, won a Bronze medal for Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 100 metre breaststroke, which lucky for her opponents, happens to be her specialty event.

To paraphrase Professional Wrestling Ric Flair, in order to be the best, you have to beat the best.  Plenty of swimming excitement to choose from, however, there were other notables, particularly for Western, to keep an eye on throughout the Provincials.  Charis Huddle, and Gamal Assaad, were in their final year of eligibility, so they were being looked upon to deliver the results that the host Mustangs were in search of. Western had a strong showing in the pool, particularly on Saturday, the final day of swimming. Huddle took home the lone Gold medal for her efforts in the water during the 100 metre freestyle.  Matthew Loewen won a Gold medal for the Men’s team in the 50 metre SC breaststroke.