Varsity Blues men's swimming named Team of the Year at OUA Honour Awards Banquet

Varsity Blues men's swimming named Team of the Year at OUA Honour Awards Banquet
GRAVENHURST, Ont. – Carleton basketball star Philip Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) and York’s record-setting sprinter Khamica Bingham (Brampton, Ont.) were named the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Athletes of the Year, presented by Pioneer Energy, as a host of awards were given out at the 2014 OUA Honour Awards banquet. The event was held Tuesday evening at Taboo Resort in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
 
In just her second season of OUA competition, Bingham was blazing on the track for the York Lions. She set a new OUA championships record of 7.23 seconds in claiming gold in the 60m and added gold in the 4x200m relay en route to being named most valuable track performer at the meet. Bingham then followed up that accomplishment by setting the CIS championships record in the 60m (7.26), running on the gold medal winning 4x200m relay team, and adding a first-place finish in the 300m. Her efforts at the national championships earned her female MVP honours.
 
In his fourth year of eligibility, Carleton’s Philip Scrubb made history. After being named the OUA East player of the year for the third time, he was named the top player in the CIS for a third consecutive season, becoming the first player ever to do so. Scrubb was also named a first team OUA East all-star and first team all-Canadian in 2013-14 on the strength of 18.6 points and 4.9 assists per game for Carleton. He led his team to a perfect 22-0 regular season mark, before claiming a fourth straight CIS title.
 
Pioneer Energy, the presenting sponsor for the OUA Athletes of the Year, also provided a monetary award to each recipient to go towards educational expenses. 
 
After a dominant season in the pool, the Toronto Varsity Blues men’s swim team was recognized as the OUA Team of the Year. In 2014, the Blues claimed their 11th consecutive OUA championship and followed it up with their second CIS title in as many years. The talented group featured 13 OUA all-stars, three first team all-Canadians and four second team all-Canadians. Toronto was the cream of the crop among Canadian schools this year, going 9-0 in dual meets against CIS competition.
 
Queen’s Gaels women’s rugby coach Beth Barz and Carleton men’s basketball coach Dave Smart were honoured as the 2014 Fox 40 OUA Coaches of the Year.
 
In her ninth season at the helm of the Gaels, Barz led her to team to the most successful season in program history. Queen’s claimed top spot in the Russell Division after a 5-0 regular season, then added three more wins en route to the program’s first ever OUA championship. The Gaels went on to earn the bronze medal at the CIS Championship; the first national medal for Queen’s women’s rugby. Barz’s squad spent the entire season ranked in the CIS top 10, peaking at No. 2.
 
Coach Smart added an eighth OUA East coach of the year and a seventh CIS coach of the year to his mantle following the 2013-14 season. His Ravens posted a perfect 22-0 regular season record. They wrapped up the year by winning their fourth straight CIS and record-setting 10th total national championship.
 
Donnovan Bennett of Sportsnet is the 2014 recipient of the OUA Media Award of Distinction. A former OUA athlete, Bennett joined theScore television network immediately after graduating from Western University in 2007. In his seven years in broadcasting he has served multiple roles including sideline reporting and colour analysis during University Rush broadcasts of OUA football on theScore. He has also patrolled the sideline for each of the past two Wilson Cup Final Fours, including last year with theScore and this year with Sportsnet. He has also produced feature pieces on student-athletes, coaches and athletic programs that have aired alongside OUA and CIS national broadcasts.
 
OUA HONOUR AWARD WINNERS
 
OUA Female Athlete of the Year
Khamica Bingham, York Lions Track & Field
 
OUA Male Athlete of the Year
Philip Scrubb, Carleton Ravens Basketball
 
OUA Team of the Year
Toronto Varsity Blues Men’s Swimming
 
Fox 40 OUA Female Coach of the Year
Beth Barz, Queen’s Gaels Women’s Rugby
 
Fox 40 OUA Male Coach of the Year
Dave Smart, Carleton Men’s Basketball
 
OUA Media Award of Distinction
Donnovan Bennett, Sportsnet
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