The Trent University swim team is having an outstanding season and, on November 23, came home with several excellent rankings from the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) division championship at the University of Guelph.
Alex Babaris, a third-year history student, broke the divisional record for the 50 m butterfly and came home with a first-place ranking. He also qualified for the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) competition and met the Canadian National time standards. This means he is eligible to compete at the Canadian Nationals and at World Cup races.
Trent swim team member Scott Adams placed second in the 50 m breast stroke, and also qualified for the CIS competition in February.
Two additional members of the men’s swim team are within half a second of making the CIS qualifications. This is quite exciting for coach Sean Dwyer, who hopes to see all four men compete at the national university level, both in individual races and in a relay event.
"This has been an excellent year," says Mr. Dwyer, who has coached the Trent swim teams for four years. As well, he coaches with the Trent swim club and has coached the master’s swim team at the Peterborough YMCA.
"We have completed three meets so far and have others coming up at Guelph, Queen’s, the OUA championships and the CIS meet, for those who qualify," explains Mr. Dwyer, who is a volunteer coach at Trent and is a local kinesiologist. "The swim season runs from the beginning of the school year, as soon as the pool is open, until mid-February."
The 2002/03 men’s swim team comprises nine men, and the women’s team involves 18 members. At the November 23rd meet in Guelph, women’s team member Kate Armitage was the top performer. She has been part of the women’s team for four years.
Photo 1: Alex Babaris, a member of the Trent men’s swim team, broke a divisional record for the 50 m butterfly on November 23rd at an OUA divisional championship at the University of Guelph. His time also qualified him to participate in the CIS championship race in February, and at the Canadian Nationals and World Cup.
Photo 2: Members of the Trent men’s swim team, left to right: Brad Toms, Scott Farrow, Alex DeLorey, Jeff Kerswil, Alex Babaris and Stu Ross.
Photo 3: Members of the Trent women’s swim team. Back row, left to right: Sabrina Romani, Meghan Leadbeater, Callandrea Tibbs, Allison Browning, Kate Armitage, Jenn Kingsley. Front row, left to right: Gina Droppo, Rachel Sohn, Sheena McKay, Ezza Clarke, Jen Bosnell and Heather Cramm.
Posted November 28, 2002