This year, the MGCI Swim Team sent a record number of six students to the OFSAA Swimming Championship, held on 7 to 8 March at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. These students were Joan-Shiao Chen, Alex Guo, Owen Huang, Bing Li, Gabriel Luo, and Jenna Wong. They had qualified for the conference through the TDSSA City Championships on 22 February.
Since the TDSB covers transportation and hotel costs for its schools, most TDSB teams attending this event travelled together and stayed in the Comfort Inn, which was close to the site of the competition. The MGCI team, coached by Ms. Woods, did not travel with the other teams, and left for Windsor after school on 6 March. They joined the other teams later in the Comfort Inn.
Both days of the conference followed the same agenda: the preliminary session for the races started around 9:00 am, followed by the session for finalists at 1:00 pm. There were a total of fifty-seven events, three of which were Para-swimming events. The large swimming pool at the aquatic centre was divided into three separate pools by moveable walls. One was used for competition and one for warm-up. The last pool acted as a buffer between the two other pools to ensure that the waves from the warm-up pool would not affect the competition pool. Overall, the conference went faster and more smoothly than previous years, and many OFSAA records were broken.
The Reckoner would like to recognize the following students for their outstanding performance at the 2017 OFSAA Swimming Championship:
Joan-Shiao Chen: 2nd Place – Girls 13-19 50 SC Meter Freestyle Open,
6th Place – Girls 13-19 100 SC Meter Freestyle Open
Alex Guo: 9th Place – Boys 15 & Over SC Meter Breaststroke Senior High School
Owen Huang: 1st Place – Boys 13-19 200 SC Meter IM Open, 3rd Place – Boys 13-19 100 SC Meter Breaststroke Open
In total, out of the eleven individual events that students from MGCI participated in, they competed in the finals for six. The team received three medals, and Owen Huang, who received the gold medal for one of his events, narrowly missed the OFSAA record by just 0.57 seconds. Joan-Shiao Chen, captain of the MGCI Swim Team, explained that the team’s hard work and support for each other led to the impressive results. “Everyone was very encouraging towards each other, and we all watched our teammates compete,” she said. “I’m extremely proud of our entire team.”
Ms. Woods, who has coached the swim team for many years, also expressed her pleasure with the results and the swimmers. “This year was our most successful year yet,” she said. “I’m definitely looking forward to next year!”