Jamaica’s Aidan Chow won a relay Silver in school record time among a number of strong performances he registered at the recently concluded 2017 Ontario University Athletics OUA Championships held from February 9-11 at the University of Toronto. The meet was contested over short course metres (25 metre pool).
Aidan, a second year Chemical engineering Student at the University of Waterloo won his Silver medal as a member of the Warriors 200 freestyle relay team. The team of Alex Lojko 23.78, Danyon Chu 22.83, Trinidad and Tobago representative Jonathon Ramkissoon 23.07 and Chow 22.99 combined for a total time and new school record of 1:32.67.That swim crushed the old standard of 1:34.30. It is an improvement for the Warriors and Chow from 2016.Last year the team was 4th in 1:34.94 and Chow’s split on the 2nd leg was 23.62.
That would not be the only school record the sprinter would set. In the heats of the 50 metre butterfly he bettered the Warriors school record and U Sports (Canadian Collegiate Championships) qualifying of 25.09 and 25.08 with a 25.04 qualifying for the Championship final. That was an improvement from 2016 where he finished 7th in the B final in a then PB of 25.25.He would break new ground for Waterloo when he became the first sub 25 seconds butterflier. He stopped the clock in a new school standard of 24.88 for 7th place overall.
In the 50 metre freestyle he would set another personal best when he lowered his time of 24.04 to register 23.86. That swim placed him 17th overall and making him the 10 fastest Warrior of all time in the event.
In the 100 metre butterfly he finished 2nd in the B final in a time of 56.41. That is an improvement in his placing from 2016 where he was 3rd in the B final.
In the 400 metre medley relay the Warriors team of Leon Ouyang backstroke (59.90) ,Ramkissoon breaststroke (1:00.57), Chow butterfly (54.33) and Peter Li freestyle (51.15) placed 4th overall in a time of 3:45.95. Aidan bettered his butterfly split from 2016 when he was timed in 54.36.
In the 200 metre medley relay the team of Ouyang backstroke (27.22), Ramkissoon breaststroke (27.53), Chow butterfly (24.61) and Chu freestyle (22.97) were again 4th in a time of 1:42.33.
When asked about the season so far and the upcoming U Sports Championships Aidan had the following thoughts
“This season has been fun. The men’s team placed 6th for the 11th year in a row, but we took a pretty good run at fifth falling just short of McMaster in 5th by one point. I am on co op (Cooperative education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience ). So my training regime has not been as structured as it would be if I were on campus. But I think I swam pretty well this meet considering all of that. At U Sports, my goal is to final in one of my races.
Fellow Jamaican David MacSporran of Laurentian Voyageurs recorded a personal best time in the 50 metre butterfly posting 28.13. He also had times of 1:03.49 and 2:33.06 in the 100 and 200 metre butterfly. In the 50 metre freestyle he stopped the clock in 26.52.
Waterloo finished 6th overall in the men’s competition with 250 points.Laurentian placed 7th overall with 226 points.