Ryu, Masse named Investors Group OUA Athletes of the Week

Ryu, Masse named Investors Group OUA Athletes of the Week

BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following athletes have been named Investors Group Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Athletes of the Week for the period ending February 13, 2017.

MALE: Hochan Ryu(Richmond Hill, Ont.) – 4th yr – University of Toronto Varsity Blues – Swimming

Following a strong showing at this past weekend’s OUA Swimming Championships, Hochan Ryu (Richmond Hill, Ont.) from the University of Toronto Varsity Blues has been named the Investors Group OUA Male Athlete of the Week.

Ryu, a fourth-year cognitive science major, won three gold medals and a silver medal in the pool as he helped the Varsity Blues win their 14th consecutive OUA championship banner.

In his biggest race of the championship, Ryu won the 400-m individual medley in a time of 4:16.12, breaking two-time Olympic gold medalist Alex Baumann's OUA record which was set back in 1984.

The Richmond Hill, Ont. native also struck gold in the 200-m butterfly (1:58.77) and silver in the 200-m individual medley (1:59.13)

In front a pro-Varsity Blues home crowd, Ryu also raced the second leg of Toronto's gold-medal winning 800-m freestyle relay team.

Next up, Ryu and the Varsity Blues will look to defending their national title at the 2017 U SPORTS championships, February 24-26, in Sherbrooke, Que.

FEMALE: Kylie Masse (LaSalle, Ont.) – 3rd yr. – University Toronto Varisty Blues – Swimming

University of Toronto Varsity Blues swimmer Kylie Masse (LaSalle, Ont.) has been named Investors Group OUA Female Athlete of the Week after she captured six gold medals and set four meet records this past weekend at the OUA Swimming Championships.

Thanks in large part to the performance of Masse, the Varsity Blues women's swimming team claimed their fourth consecutive OUA championship title.

Now in her third-year studying kinesiology at the University of Toronto, Masse swept the 50-m (26.62), 100-m (1:50.92) and 200-m (2:03.71) backstroke events, as well won gold in the 200 individual medley (2:09.94) event in a new OUA record time.  Masse also broke her own OUA records in the 50-m and 200-m backstroke events. 

The LaSalle, Ont. native, who represented Canada at the Rio Olympics last summer, also anchored Toronto's gold medal winning 400-m freestyle relay (3:45.60) and 200-m medley (1:50.92) relay teams.

Following the championship, Masse was named the OUA Female Swimmer of the Year for the third consecutive season, while also earning the Dr. Jeno Tihanyi Award for IM Excellence for the second time in her career.

Masse will now turn her focus to the 2017 U SPORTS championships in Sherbrooke, Que. from February 24-26.

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