Between March 3-4, 2015, 12 members of the Clarkson swim team participated in the OFSAA championships at the Etobicoke Olympium. Against the top swimmers from all over Ontario, these athletes rocked the pool achieving incredible results. Out of 17 possible events our swimmers entered in, Chargers made finals in 15 of those events--meaning they were one of the top 16 swimmers in the province in their particular race. In 8 of these events, our swimmers were medalists, winning two gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
Specifically, the junior boys relay team of Jack Lam, Liam Cherry, Mohammad Hijji and Ben Isaacson were crowned the provincial champions with a convincing win in the 200m medley relay.
Pari Baker is now recognized as the Ontario Champion for her gold medal swim in the Senior Girls 200 freestyle.
Jack Lam, Pari Baker and Paige Hillis were multiple medalists. To go along with his gold medal, Jack Lam won the silver medal in the junior boys 100m individual medley and the bronze medal in the 50m backstroke…a medal in every color!
Pari added to her medal count with a silver in the Senior Girls 100 freestyle and Paige Hillis was a dual silver medalist placing second in the open 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke.
Adam Ahrens was the provincial bronze medalist in the Para 50m freestyle and placed fifth in the 100m freestyle.
The Senior Girls 200m freestyle relay team of Adrianna Ward, Olivia Marshall, Jordyn Morvan and Pari Baker went into the final seeded eighth, swam the race of their year and placed fourth.
Liam Cherry placed 7th in the junior boys 50m breaststroke, while Mohammad Hijji placed 8th in the 50m butterfly and 13th in the 100m freestyle.
Olivia Marshall placed 10th in the 100m breaststroke and Lindsay Hillis placed 12th in the Open Women's 200 individual medly.
Special mention goes out to Brandt Gropp-Lauder from our Applewood Satellite class who swam in the Para 50m freestyle and had a personal best time.
Due to the strong results of our junior boys they placed 3rd in the province as a team and the senior girls placed 7th as a team. Overall, Clarkson was the 10th best swim team in the province, out of close to 300 schools that had swimmers who had qualified to compete. What made this even sweeter was the next best ROPSSA team was Lorne Park who placed over 200 points behind in 25th place. To our swimmers, this is a sweet victory after previously losing to Lorne Park by a mere .5 points a few weeks ago at the ROPSSA championships.