D8 SWIMMING: Team titles split three ways


WATERLOO REGION (December 21, 2017) – On Thursday at the Wilmot Recreation Complex, the three team swimming titles went to three different schools.

The girls team title went to St. Benedict’s for the second year in a row, while the boys title went to St. Mary’s repeated in the boys team category. Coming in second place in boy boys and girls team title was Resurrection which earned them the overall championship.

Resurrection was led by open boys division swimmer Nathan Stecho who won the 50m freestyle, 100m individual medley and 100m breaststroke. Stecho posted CWOSSA qualification times in all three events. St. Benedict’s Egon Rakattyai and St. Mary’s Gabe Edmonson would tie for second in the open boys category.

A big reason for St. Benedict’s winning the girls championship was their clean sweep of the girls open division podium. Lauren Mage took the gold medal in the category winning the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle races. Her teammate Charlotte Jones won the silver with a win in the 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke. Kyanna Vi and Shaunna Walker de-Jong each took home a bronze for the Saints.

In the senior girls high school division, Resurrection’s Vicky Lehner won gold winning the 100m individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke. Samantha Kerry won the silver medal in the category for St. Benedict’s, while Hannah Beesley won the bronze for St. David’s.

St. David’s had their best showing in the pool from the senior boys who finished with a gold and silver medal. Jun Park won the 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 50m butterfly to win gold. Noah Betik took the silver with wins in the 100m individual medley and 100m breaststroke. St. Benedict’s Jason Gancena won the bronze.

Patrick Benest from Resurrection took home the gold medal in the junior boys high school division followed by a cluster of St. Mary’s swimmers finished second through sixth. David Pietrzyk took the silver medal, while teammates Brandon Murillo-Reyes and Kacper Boruszewski tied for bronze.

Resurrection also finished with a gold in the junior girls with Emily Dodge winning the 100m individual medley, 50m butterfly, and 100m freestyle. Teammate Emily Hillier win the silver medal while St. Benedict’s Victoria Joseph finished with the bronze medal.

All individual event winners along with all swimmers who posted CWOSSA qualification times will advance to the CWOSSA Championships being held February 14, 2018 at the Wilmot Recreation Centre.

For full individual results click here.