OFSAA swimming results
The sun set bronze for KDSS Para swimmer Ashlee Banyard on Wednesday at the OFSAA swimming finals in Etobicoke, although she was too ill to enjoy it.
Banyard battled through the flu, which kept her from competing in the 50m freestyle on Tuesday, to race to a 3rd place finish in the 50m backstroke the next day. Banyard, who won the event last year, was ranked fifth going into the competition. She finished in third place with a time of 52.53. Still under the weather and believing she had finished fourth in the event which mixes both male and female competitors and sorts them out later, Banyard left prior to the announcement of her bronze medal win. It wasn't until results were released later that evening that she and her coaches realized she had persevered for a bronze medal performance.
It was a good day as well for team mate Carly Schmidt, who was ranked 25th going into the senior girls’ high school 100m backstroke. She improved on her CWOSSA time by almost two seconds and tied for 19th with a time of 1:18.97, only fractions of a second off her personal best time. That placing unfortunately kept her just out of the afternoon finals.
Banyard’s performance placed KDSS in 24th place out of 30 schools in the Para division. KDSS ranked 140th out of 158 schools in the women’s high school division and in the combined division, including the open and men’s high school divisions in which the school had no entries, KDSS ranked 186th out of 282 Ontario schools.