The Warriors’ swim team put on a show at the 2019 Fairweather Divisional Championships in Toronto, a meet that brings together the teams in the top-tier division of the OUA. UW had a strong finish, as the men came second overall and the women third.
The men were led by Lukas Wormald who continues to impress in his sophomore season. Wormald finished first in both the 400m and 200m individual medley, as well as the 50m butterfly, where he set a personal record of 25.02 seconds. He was also second in the 100m butterfly by only 0.29 seconds. Wormald finished with 77 points, tied for second overall at the meet.
Josh Bird was also strong and was the second to touch the wall in the 1500m freestyle with a time of 16 minutes, 14.52 seconds. He finished fourth in both the 200m individual medley and 400m freestyle. Ian Chambers had a strong showing as well, coming in second behind Wormald in the 200m individual medley. Bird and Chambers both finished the meet with 61 points.
Christina Ji finished first in the 50m backstroke with a time of 33.02 seconds to earn 20 of her 66 points for the meet. She was closely followed by Eloise Ladyman, who finished with 62 points thanks to her consistency. Ladyman finished third in all but one of her individual races.
The Warriors’ women were exceptional in the 200m medley relay, edging out Western by one second to finish second.
The meet was the last of 2019 for the Warriors, who now set their sights on OUA Championships in February. They will travel to Jamaica from Dec. 28 to Jan. 5 as part of their winter training camp to prepare for the event.