Three medals for Gryphs at OUA swimming championships
LONDON – The Guelph Gryphons returned from the three-day OUA swimming championships at the Western Student Recreation Centre with three medals.
The Gryphs finished in the top five in both the men’s and women’s team championship standings. Toronto swept the titles, taking the men’s crown with 932 points and the women’s honours with 1,030.
Guelph’s men were fourth with 346 points while Western (748.5) was second, Ottawa (487) third and Waterloo (342) fifth.
Guelph’s women were fifth, also with 346 points. Western (582) was second, McMaster (484.5) third, Ottawa (431) fourth and Waterloo (313) sixth.
The Gryphs won a silver medal and two bronze.
Philip Vranic was the silver medalist in the men’s 200-metre freestyle as he completed the race in 1:49.21. Davide Casarin of Ottawa won in 1:47.25 and Gaël Chaubet of Toronto was third in 1:51.07.
Samantha Anderson won bronze in the women’s 50m breaststroke with a time of 33.50 seconds. Olivvya Chow of Ottawa won gold in 31.26 and Rachael Parsons of Toronto was second in 31.88. Guelph’s Leili Tilvaldyeva was sixth in 32.97.
Guelph’s men’s 400m freestyle relay team of Daniel Reardon, Vranic, Simon Paisley and Daniel Barros won bronze in 3:25.10 in the final event of the meet. Toronto won gold in 3:21.28 and Western took silver in 3:23.06.
The Gryphs had several swimmers qualify for A finals.
Vranic finished fourth in the men’s 400m freestyle in 3:57.68 and fifth in the 100m freestyle in 50.81
Anderson was fifth in the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2:33.89 while Tilvaldyeva was seventh in 2:35.04.
Maria Fernanda Far placed fourth in the women’s 400m individual medley in 4:59.15 and sixth in the 200m butterfly in 2:21.39.
Sam Kuntz was fourth in the men’s 100m backstroke in 56.22 and fifth in the 200m backstroke in 2:01.82.
Prisco Ju finished fifth in the men’s 400m individual medley in 4:34.19 and seventh in the 200m individual medley in 2:09.39.
Tara Mallory was fifth in the women’s 800m freestyle in 8:59.35.
Tilvaldyeva placed sixth in the women’s 100m breaststroke in 1:11.94.
Lucas Liberty finished sixth in the men’s 100m breaststroke in 1:03.60 and seventh in the 200m breaststroke in 2:19.27.
Reardon was seventh in the men’s 50m freestyle in 23.64.
The Gryphs also had eight other top-six finishes in the relays.
Kuntz, Liberty, Ju and Brady Barrow were fourth in the men’s 200m medley relay in 1:44.09.
Jacqueline Lukasik, Carlena Eye, Cierra Glysz and Victoria Di Caro were fifth in the women’s 200m freestyle relay in 1:48.91.
Kuntz, Liberty, Barros and Vranic were fifth in the men’s 400m medley relay in 3:46.16.
Mallory, Veronica Dietrich, Sophia Papadedes and Aysu Gundogan were fifth in the women’s 800m freestyle relay in 8:33.03.
Vranic, Barros, Ahmed El Maghawry and Rafael Rodrigo Rozo were fifth in the men’s 800m freestyle relay in 7:38.52.
Shania Van Herk, Tilvaldyeva, Di Caro and Sasha Kennedy were fifth in the women’s 200m medley relay in 1:57.71.
Van Herk, Tilvaldyeva, Kennedy and Dietrich finished sixth in the women’s 400m medley relay in 4:20.42.
Eye, Gundogan, Haylie Burton and Glysz were sixth in the women’s 400m freestyle relay in 3:57.76.
Several Gryphons recorded times that qualified them for the U Sports championship meet at Toronto Feb. 22 to 24.
- Guelph Sports Journal