On 6 February 2018, Marc Garneau’s swim team competed at the Regional Championships at the Etobicoke Olympium. The team, comprising of fourteen people, raced over seven hundred other swimmers from other TDSB districts to qualify for the City Championships being held on 13 February 2018.

Marc Garneau students competing in the Regional Championship. Photo: Justin Ye

The Regional Championship warm-ups commenced at 8:20 am, with the event officially starting at 9:00 am and lasting until 4:00 pm. In total, there were sixty-four events varying from breaststroke to butterfly. These events were separated into one hundred and ninety-eight heats with a maximum of eight swimmers per heat.

Students that placed in the top ten will be moving on to the City Championships at the Markham Pan Am Pool.

On her experience this year on the swim team, Hanlin Cheng said, “Even though a lot of people graduated, most of the team from last year came back. As well, we had several new swimmers and it was a really great season! Regionals also went very well and a lot of people were able to swim many different events and take time off their seed time.”  

The Reckoner would like to congratulate the following students for representing Marc Garneau at regionals:

Gabriel Luo – 1st place – Men 100 SC Meter Breaststroke Open, 1st place – Men 200 SC Meter IM Open, 1st place – Men 100 SC Meter IM Open

Alex Guo – 1st place – Men 100 SC Meter Breaststroke JR High School, 1st place – Men 50 SC Meter Breaststroke JR High School

Hanlin Cheng – 3rd place – Women 50 SC Meter Breaststroke SR High School, 14th place – Women 100 SC Meter Breaststroke SR High School

Eric Zhao – 7th place – Men 50 SC Meter Backstroke JR High School

Jeffrey Qiu– 9th place – Men 100 SC Meter Breaststroke SR High School, 12th place – Men 100 SC Meter IM SR High School

Jessica Guo – 10th place – Women 50 SC Meter Breaststroke JR High School

Pablo Gonzalez – 14th place – Men 200 SC Meter Freestyle SR High School

Frank Fan – 12th place – Men 50 SC Meter Backstroke SR High School

Victor Guo – 16th place – Men 50 SC Meter Butterfly SR High School

Members of the Swim Team. Photo: Justin Ye

Gabriel Luo, Alex Guo, Jessica Guo, Hanlin Cheng, and Eric Zhao moved on to compete at the City Championships, which was held on 13 February.

Organized at the Markham Pan Am pool, there were two twenty-five meter pools, one for warm-ups and one for the actual competition. Everything was broadcasted on a large TV screen, showing who was swimming and what event was currently being marshalled. The medals for the top three swimmers were announced after each event.

Alex Guo and Gabriel Luo qualified to compete at the OFSAA swimming championships, held in Windsor on 27 and 28 February.

The Reckoner would like to recognize and congratulate all swimmers who represented MGCI for their success at the three swimming championships.