YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region Team of the Month: Nepean HS Knights 4×50-Metre Girls’ Medley Swimming Team


Team Members: Jasmine Delima-Baril, Karina Gruson, Amari Delima-Baril, Abby Brousseau & Coach Dave Bakelaar.

About: The Nepean High School 4×50-Metre Girls’ Medley Swimming Team captured Ottawa’s lone team gold medal at OFSAA early-spring championships.

At the Mar. 3-4 high school provincials in Toronto, the Knights’ national capital record time of 2:00.75 brought them in over 1 second ahead of their nearest challengers in the 31-team open competition. Karina Gruson also earned an individual bronze medal in the open girls’ 100 m short-course individual medley.

The Nepean quartet are all members of the Swim Ottawa club and are ranked among the top athletes nationally in their age groups.

Competing a couple of days later at the club provincials, also in Toronto, Amari Delima-Baril won 3 more relay medals with Swim Ottawa – silvers for the 4×100 m and 4×50 m medleys and bronze in the 4×100 m freestyle.

Two more local swimmers earned gold medals at OFSAA – John McCrae’s Eugene Yarmolau (high school boys’ age 15 & over 100 m IM) and Ashbury’s Henry Fu (open boys’ 50 m freestyle), who also added a silver in the 100 m free. Ashbury’s Hannah Laquerre (high school girls’ 15+ 100 m breaststroke) was also a silver medallist.

Four Ottawa wrestlers won bronze medals at their Mar. 2-4 OFSAA championships in Sault Ste. Marie – Sacred Heart’s Max Roxburgh (boys’ 67.5 kg) and Sam Griffin (boys’ 77 kg), Cairine Wilson’s Kiera Armstrong (girls’ 41 kg), and Canterbury’s Laila Seed-Desai (girls’ 44 kg).

The top local results from OFSAA boys’ basketball championships were antique-bronze (4th-place finishers) performances by Notre Dame (at the ‘A’ championships for the province’s schools with the smallest student populations) and Ashbury (‘AA’), while Louis-Riel was the consolation bracket champion after deciding to challenge themselves in ‘AAA’ competition despite being an ‘A’ size school, placing 9th overall against Ontario’s largest schools.

The remaining OFSAA spring championships have been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

E-mail editor@sportsottawa.com to nominate your Stars! Please include Athlete or Team’s Name, Player Roster, and why they should be recognized. Courtesy of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, the selected Stars of the Month will receive free passes to the Y.

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