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Prayal-Brown, Bonomo, and Champagne all medal for team in conference finals

The Gee-Gees swimming teams travelled to London, ON to participate in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference championships held at Western.

The nationally sixth-ranked Gee-Gees men’s team had a stellar weekend led, by Montana Champagne and Robert Bonomo.

The women’s squad also performed admirably, setting many personal bests while Audrey Prayal-Brown led the team to the podium multiple times.

On Feb. 11, the first day of competition, Bonomo led all Gee-Gee swimmers as he captured two medals for the team.

He swam the 100m backstroke in 55.07 seconds to capture the bronze medal. He followed this with a blazing 22.58 time in the 50m freestyle, earning the silver.

On the second day, in women’s action, Audrey Prayal-Brown’s work paid off big time for the Gees as she shattered an OUA record on her way to a gold medal in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:09.62.

For the men, Champagne stormed away with a silver medal in the 200m individual medley. Bonomo followed up his huge first day with a silver medal in the 200m backstroke with a time of 1:58.96, only 70 milliseconds from the gold.

On the final day of competition, it was business as usual for Champagne and Prayal-Brown as they captured silver medals in the 400m individual medley and the 50m backstroke, respectively.

Both team’s will hope to keep up their impressive performances as they travel to Quebec City from Feb. 25-27 to compete in the national finals.

With the strong season Gee-Gees swimmers have had in the pool this year, it would be no surprise for them to find the podium at Laval.