February 12, 2018
The Central Region A Championships meet, held February 1-4 at the Olympium, was an early season test for the Long Course season. MSSAC swimmers used this competition to rehearse for the Provincial Championships which is a month away; and as a chance to qualify for the upcoming Championships: Festivals, Provincials, Eastern Canada Championships, and Canadian Championships
We came away with two new Provincial Championship qualifiers, two additional Festival qualifiers and four new Eastern Canada Championships qualifiers and one new qualifier for the Canadian Swimming Championships
Congrats to Melissa Havaedji who made Provincials in the 100-200 Breast and to Noor Bansal (200 Fly). Making Festivals were Erika Teves (50 Free) and Abdul Khalil 200 Back. Moving up to make Eastern Championships were Melissa Havaedji (100 Breast), Athena Ghubril (100 Breast) Sarah-Mae Iannuccilli (200-400 IM) and Andrew Paraninfo (200 Breast). Stepping onto the national stage (CSC) is Morgane Shuster who broke through in 3 events: 200 Breast and 200-400 IM.
Among other high-lights were the huge number of swimmers with 100% PB’s: Beck Clinton, Jovan Dhanju, Melissa Havaedji, Anoushka Bose, Connor Ironside, Indie Jerry, Abdullah Khalil, Abdulrahman Khalil, Alissa Lawrence, Nathan May, Mark Miekus, Quynh Anh Nghiem, Jasmine Nicols, Sierra O’Hare, Skylar Ostafin, Alessia Pereira, Nicolas Pereira, Mateusz Powalowski, Eric Reci, Evelyn Romano, Morgane Shuster, Pierre-Loius Souka, Farha Suntoke, Sierra Toderal, Boris Vassilev, and Olivia Zander. Awesome!
Medalling were Noor Bansal (Bronze 200 Fly), Emilia Burczyk (Bronze 100 Back), Thomas Clinton (Bronze 400 Free), Christian Florea (silver 200 Fly), Bart Hojda (Gold 100 Breast, Silver 400 IM, Bronze 1500 Free), Sarah Iannuccilli (Gold 200 IM, Bronze 400 IM), Kevin Ireland (Gold 400 IM, Silver 200 IM, 800 Free, Bronze 200 Breast, 400 Free), Connor Ironside (Bronze 200 Fly), Mark Miekus (Silver 100 Free), Roxanne Ramirez (Silver 800 Free, Bronze 400 IM), Art Saarloos (Silver 100 Back, 50 Free, 100 Free), Morgane Shuster (Gold 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400-800 Free, 400 IM), Sierra Toderel (Silver 200 Fly), Colin Wang (Gold 50 Free),