CW 13th at 2018 Ontario Winter Festivals

By: KF - Mar. 09, 2018

Ontario Winter Festival Championships
February 17-18, 2018

On the weekend of February 17-18, eighteen 13 & under Warrior swimmers and many supportive parents travelled to Canada's capital region to compete in the Ontario Winter Festival Championships at the Nepean Sportsplex.

After two days of competition, the Warriors finished in 13th place on both the girl's and boy's score sheets. Coach Ken remarked, “We had mixed results on day one, with several standout swims; however, we were stronger on Sunday and finished in the mix among the more than 50 scoring teams at the meet.” Leading in to the meet, several Warriors had been fighting flu and other seasonal colds. According to coach Ken, “the timing of this meet is always challenging – staying healthy and avoiding the height of the flu season is a significant factor in preparation and performance; unfortunately, we had several of our swimmers sidelined and/or setback while in Ottawa.”

Several Warriors were attending their first Festival Championships and competed strongly at this Provincial level meet – Alex Rusu (grabbing a medal in the 50br & New Team records in both the 50/100br); Hannah Wagner (4/4 best times); Filip Ardelean (4/6 best times); Merlyn Dong (4/4 best times); Quinlynn Logan (3/4 best times)

Warrior swimmers and parents took time away from the meet to enjoy the annual Winterlude festival on and around the Rideau Canal; Warrior parents also organized a terrific social evening/meal at a downtown Ottawa steakhouse – for those who chose to stay in town Sunday night – to celebrate the swimmer's early season success and hard work. Great food and fun was had by all!

Four Warriors came home with hardware, swimming to top 3 finishes:

Thinula De Silva 100 Fly (Gold) ; 200 Fly (Silver), 50 Fr (Silver)
Jessica Dreghici 50 Fr (Bronze)
Alexandru Rusu 50 Br (Silver) New Club Record
Haley Thomas 200 Fly (Gold) ; 100 Fly (Bronze)

In addition, the following swimmers reached top 8 placings:

Filip Ardelean 5th/400 Fr
Jessica Dreghici 8th/200 Fr; 5th/400 Fr
Kaitlin Marton 8th/200 Br; 5th/100 Br
Alexandru Rusu 5th/100 Br New Club Record
Kieran Stewart 5th/200 Br; 7th/100 Br
Haley Thomas 4th/400 IM; 4th/200 IM; 6th/400 Fr
Tara Wong 7th/400 IM

Full results available on the Swimming Canada website