Isabelle Lei ('17) Wins OUA Rookie of the Year Award
Isabelle Lei became McMaster's first winner of the OUA Rookie of the Year award. She is pictured here in her uniform and goggles.

Lei became McMaster's first winner of the OUA Rookie of the Year award.

One brought her OUA career to a triumphant close Saturday, while another announced her arrival on the scene.

Olivvya Chow (Surrey, BC) and Isabelle Lei (Surrey, BC) combined for 10 medals, and were each recognized at meet's end, leading the McMaster women to team bronze at the OUA Swimming Championships in London.

A fifth-year senior, Chow set a pair of OUA records in the 50 and 100m breast stroke events and won silver at 200m, dominating the stroke at the conference level.

Achieving the OUA record at 100m during preliminaries Thursday, Chow improved upon her new mark that night, with a final time of 1:08.44 that easily secured her the gold.

She produced the same effect on the meet's final day to break the OUA record at 50m during afternoon prelims and better that mark hours later, winning gold in 31.26.

She added silver in the 200m individual medley to her total on day three, and contributed to silver and bronze medal swims in the 400 and 200m medley relays respectively.

For her efforts, Chow was named as a graduating athlete of distinction, the only female swimmer to earn that honour, on the final day of competition.

By comparison, Lei delivered in her first appearance at the OUA Championships, winning gold in the 200m freestyle event and silver at 100m, while helping the Marauders to a pair of bronze medals in the 200 and 400m free relays.

Her performance saw Lei take home the OUA Rookie of the Year award Saturday, becoming the first Marauder to earn that honour since its inception in 2009.

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