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ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – When it comes to university swimming, one of the most decorated programs is that of the Toronto Varsity Blues, whose men’s and women’s squads are coming into the OUA Swimming Championships with lengthy winning streaks under the belts. But as Toronto aims to unleash another winning formula at host Brock University (February 7-9), they’ll need their decorated veterans and eager newcomers to be in the finest of form to maintain their winning ways against the budding field of provincial competitors.
Finishing just below the Badgers at last year’s event, improvement is the name of the game for the Carleton Ravens as well. Entering this week’s action, they’ll not only have a greatly improved crop of returning swimmers, but also a talented group of rookies joining the team; a combination that saw them earn fourth overall at this year’s deBray Divisional Championships. One of the returnees who will help anchor Carleton’s quest for development is Moustafa Kamel (Egypt), who returns to the provincial pool as the school’s top-scoring swimmer from last year’s finale.
Much like the men’s team, Carleton’s women’s squad is bringing a mix of newcomers and veterans to the water this week. And while the upper-year student-athletes will provide the experience, a pair of exciting rookies may be the ones to watch for the black birds. Yazan Al Bawwab (United Arab Emirates) and Mizuki Matsui (Japan) are the two first-years closest to capturing berths at the U SPORTS championships and will certainly be going for the gold when they hit the water at Brock.