Upper Canada College teams won Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) championships in swimming, squash, basketball and hockey in the winter term.
UCC varsity swimmers won the CISAA overall boys championship for the eighth year in a row. The senior team won its division while the junior team missed out on first place by just three points. The entire varsity team finished third overall in the combined boys and girls standings behind Appleby College and Havergal College.
There were several individual and relay team first-place finishes and personal best times by UCC swimmers in the various races held throughout Feb. 14 at the Markham Pan Am Centre. Of particular note was Jon Chu, who won the 100-metre breaststroke for the fourth straight year and finished his high school swim career undefeated in the race in CISAA competition.
Strong performances by Chu, Guclu Can, Jimmy Li, Justin Lee, Michael Wilson, Nick De Chazal, Phil Kong, Skylar Kim, Robbie Knowles, Simon Ofiara, Andrew Downing, Aaron Leung, Ben Sun, James Kingsmill, John Babits, Matt Karmitz, Will Blair, Lucas Iaboni and Doug Byers earned them a trip to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships at the Windsor Aquatic Club on Feb. 27 and 28 along with coaches Vlad Roytberg, Denise Hui Bon Hoa, Zach Williams and Jennifer Van Rassel.
There were more great results at OFSAA. The senior swimmers won their first championship banner in UCC history. The junior swimmers finished just 10 points behind St. Andrew’s College for first place. As a complete team, UCC finished third in the entire province out of 307 schools.
UCC’s senior boys 200-metre medley relay team of Kingsmill, Leung, Karmitz and Sun won the OFSAA gold medal. Downing, Chu, Blair and Babits joined forces to place second in the senior boys 200-metre freestyle relay race.
Chu captured a silver medal in the senior boys 100-metre breaststroke and Kingsmill earned a bronze medal in the senior boys 100-metre backstroke. KIngsmill and Chu finished first and third respectively in the senior boys 100-metre individual medley race.
UCC’s junior boys 200-metre freestyle relay team of Kong, Knowles, Lee and Li was OFSAA champion.
UCC’s junior swim team also had a great year, as its members from both the Prep and Upper Schools swept six CISAA titles — U11 boys, U12 boys, U13 boys, U14 boys, open boys and overall boys — at the Markham Pan Am Centre on Feb. 22.
The boys in Years 5 to 8 were coached by Roytberg, Tom Babits, Michaela Trelford and Peter Labancz and trained diligently from November on. They were rewarded with several top 10 individual and relay team finishes in each age division.
UCC’s varsity squash team successfully defended its CISAA title for the fourth consecutive year on Feb. 28. UCC defeated St. Andrew’s in the semi-finals and carried its winning ways into the finals against a very good Crescent School team. When the dust settled, UCC defeated Crescent by a score of six games to three to take the title. Every team member played well and contributed to the victory, according to coach Peter Frost.
UCC hosted the semi-final and final games of the U13 CISAA basketball championships. The school’s U13A team defeated Toronto French School 65-47 in its first match before beating Crescent 59-53 in the final to win the championship.
The two squads had split their previous four games and coach David Fraser says the final game “literally could have gone either way. We were up by one point with 40 seconds left on the clock. It was great basketball. I’m very, very proud of the entire team effort and victory.”
The U13A team earlier finished second in the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools National U13 Boy’s Basketball Tournament hosted by Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, Ont. It went undefeated until the final when it lost 46-40 against the host team and defending champion.
UCC’s U12 Year 6 hockey team, coached by Dave Bullock and Martin Cloutier, capped off a very successful season by winning the CISAA championship after entering the playoffs as the top-ranked team. The Blues used home ice advantage at UCC’s Mara Arena as it defeated St. Andrew’s 5-0 in a semi-final game before handing Toronto French School a 4-1 loss in the final.
UCC’s varsity and junior varsity hockey teams just missed out on winning CISAA titles.
The varsity team played a best-of-three final series against St. Andrew’s. The Blues lost 5-4 in the first game and went to overtime before the Saints scored the winner in a 6-5 game to claim the championship.
The junior varsity team also played St. Andrew’s, this time in a one-game final, after defeating Nichols School 6-3 in the semi-finals. The Blues also lost a heartbreaker, falling 5-4 in overtime.