Wall and Masse named Investors Group Athletes of the Week, powered by 2XU

Wall and Masse named Investors Group Athletes of the Week, powered by 2XU

BURLINGTON, Ont. – The following athletes have been named Investors Group Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Athletes of the Week, powered by 2XU, for the period ending February 13, 2018.

Male Athlete of the Week – Eli Wall (Ottawa, Ont.) – 5th Year – Toronto Varsity Blues

Backed by well-decorated experience on the OUA’s biggest stage, Toronto Varsity Blues swimming Eli Wall continued his dominance in the pool at the 2018 OUA Swimming Championship, helping him to this week’s Male Athlete of the Week honours.

The fifth year veteran won four gold medals, while also earning one silver and one bronze medal as the Varsity Blues men's swimming team claimed their 15th straight OUA banner this past weekend at Western University.

A native of Ottawa, Wall won both the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke events in OUA record time and earned an OUA Grand Slam award for his fourth career victory in the 200-metre race. The genome biology major also helped U of T to victories in both the 200-metr and 400-metre medley relays, while earning the silver medal in the 50-metre breaststroke and bronze medal in the 200-metre IM to cap off his winning weekend.

Female Athlete of the Week – Kylie Masse (LaSalle, Ont.) – 4th Year – Toronto Varsity Blues

She’s done it before and she’s done it again. Toronto Varsity Blues swimming standout Kylie Masse was her usual dominant self at the 2018 OUA Swimming Championship, and as a result, has earned this week’s Female Athlete of the Week nod.

The 2017 world champion and 100 meter backstroke world record holder earned her fourth straight OUA Female Swimmer of the Year honour in leading the Varsity Blues to their fifth consecutive provincial title this past weekend in London, Ont.

Masse, a 2016 Olympics bronze medalist, won four individual and two relay gold medals, while breaking five OUA records in the process. Masse won the 50-metre and 100-metre backstroke events, earning OUA Grand Slam awards for both, while bettering her own OUA record in the 50-metre race.

The LaSalle, Ont., native and kinesiology major also won the 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre butterfly races, setting new OUA records in both, and helped the Blues to OUA record-breaking performances in the 200-metre freestyle and 200-metre medley relays.