After last year’s OUAs happening later than usual and in single-gender timed-final sessions, due to the pandemic, it was great to get back to the regular schedule this year.
With some key athletes graduating last year, Carleton was in tough this year. However, both the rookies and veterans rose to the occasion with some great swims. Head Coach Pierre Lafontaine, last year’s OUA Coach of the Year, led Carleton to 7th place on the men’s side, and 8th on the women’s.
The meet highlights included finals swims by Cameron Teasdale in all three breaststroke events, with his top finish being 4th in 100m, setting the Varsity record in both heats and finals, and getting under the U SPORTS cut. Cam had already qualified for U SPORTS with his 50m breaststroke time from last year. He will be Carleton’s only representative at U SPORTS for a second consecutive year.
Nathan Landry also made the finals in 200m butterfly, finishing 5th for Carleton’s second-best finish, with his times getting ever closer to Ken McDonald’s Varsity Record from 1998!Congratulations to Nicholas Scott on being awarded the OUA Men’s Community Service Award for his work with Ottawa seniors at the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre.Everyone swam very well, with seasonal bests by everyone, and over 85% best times.Thank you to the swim captains: Aoife McGrory, Jo Streppel, Cam Teasdale, and Nathan Landry for their help with organizing the trip. A big thank you to alumna Rebecca Hallett, who was Carleton’s timer on both Thursday and Friday. Thank you also to alumnus Andrew Beckett who helped coach on Saturday, and to C.J. Eager and Shreetika Singh for timing on Saturday.
The top 16 places score points: 20, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (double points for relays).The women scored 122 points. Down a bit from last year’s 184, but still well above 2020s 64 points.The men earned 181 points. Again, down from 2022’s 258.5, but higher than the 116 from 2020.