Carifta Region swimmers Aidan Chow and Jonathon Ramkissoon stood out for the University of Waterloo at the recently held deBray Divisional Championships held from Nov 28 to 29 at the Brock University Pool.
Jamaican freshman Aidan Chow was in top form as he won four Gold medals. Aidan , a chemical engineering student swept the butterfly races in the championships contested in a 25 metre pool . Chow won the 100 metre butterfly in 56.22 which stands a new Jamaican record for the event. That performance betters the standard of 56.37 set by Florida Southern College freshman Nico Campbell at the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha Qatar. He just missed the Canadian Interuniversity Sports CIS standard of 55.75. The CIS championships are the Canadian equivalent to the American NCAA Championships. Aidan should better that mark based on his form this early in the season. He took top honours in the 50 metre butterfly in 25.48. He completed the sweep when he stopped the clock in 2:09.40 in winning the 200 metre butterfly. The 5’8 Chow swam 23.50 on the third leg of the Warriors A team that won Silver in the 200 metre freestyle relay in 1:36.50. He just missed the podium in the 50 metre freestyle when he turned in a 24.34 performance. In the 200 metre medley relay he posted the fastest butterfly split of 24.88 to help the Warriors A team win in 1:42.67.
Joining him on that relay was Trinidad and Tobago 3rd year student Jonathon Ramkissoon. Ramkissoon produced the fastest breaststroke split of the relay with his 28.04 clocking. The Financial Analysis and Risk Management student took the 200 metre breaststroke in 2:18.99 dipping below the CIS standard of 2:19.02.He was also under the CIS standard of 1:03.51 when he won the 100 metre breaststroke title in 1:02.13. He was denied the sweep when he finished runner up in the 50 metre breaststroke in 29.72. His Warriors B team finished 5th in the 200 metre freestyle in 1:38.45 .Ramkissoon contributed with an opening leg of 24.37.
Also in action at the meet was the Jamaican trio from Laurentian University of Linda Ferguson ,Shaun Gordon and David MacSporran.
Ferguson had a good meet for the Voyageurs as she won two Gold and two Silver medals. Her Gold medals came in the relays. Her A team won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.63. Linda’s A team in the 200 medley relay also won in a time of 2:00.51. Linda , a radiation therapy student won the Silver medal in the 50 metre butterfly in 28.92 just off the CIS standard of 28.71.Linda who is a 3rd year student also finished runner up in the 50 metre breaststroke in 34.91.Ferguson missed the podium in the 100 metre butterfly when she clocked 1:06.49 for 4th place. In the 50 metre freestyle she placed 7th in 28.13.
Gordon had his best placing in the 200 metre medley relay when Voyageurs A team finished with Silver medal in 1:48.21. Gordon assisted the team to the podium finish with a 27.26 butterfly split. His 400 metre freestyle relay finished 6th in 3:43.71 Gordon provided 2nd leg duties with a 55.04 split. Gordon who is in 2nd year at University was 10th in the 50 and 100 metre butterfly with times of 27.40 and 1:01.21 respectively. Shaun who is a Commerce student placed 11th in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.48 and 12th in the 200 metre backstroke in 2:26.43.
MacSporran had his best placing of 6th in 400 metre freestyle relay with Gordon. He split 56.80 for his third leg. David who is a freshman studying Sports and Physical Education placed 10th and 12th in the 100 and 200 metre butterfly with times of 1:02.41and 2:23.02 respectively. In the 200 metre medley relay David helped the B team to 9th in 1:54.71 with a 27.65 butterfly split. He was again 9th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:23.59.
Waterloo won the men’s competition with 1081.5 points Laurentian University finished 2nd with 615.5 points. Laurentian topped the women’s standings with 1008.5 points.