Toronto Signs Junior National Medalists Brendan Oswald and Raili Kary

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The University of Toronto swimming program has announced that Brendan Oswald and Raili Kary have signed their letters of intent and committed to the Varsity Blues beginning in the 2020-21 season. Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald commented, “We have a superb group currently on the team and the recruiting class of the Fall of 2020 looks sensational. Brendan and Raili are kicking it off with their commitment.”

Brendan Oswald

“Brendan is just coming into his own,” said MacDonald. “I expect his improvement arch to continue. I watched him train in Windsor under coach Mike McWha and have watched his races. He is a tough guy that will go far.”

A Windsor, Ontario native, Oswald is one of the top swimmers in the graduating class of 2020. The product of Windsor Aquatic Club shone at the recent Ontario summer provincial championships and was a double medalist in the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly at the 2019 Swimming Canada junior national championships. He was named one of the winners of the Victor Davis award for promising swimmers in Ontario.

Top times SCM / LCM:

  • 100 free – 51.68 / 53.24
  • 200 free – 1:50.89 / 1:53.54
  • 400 free – 3:56.21 / 4:05.71
  • 200 fly – 2:03.20 / 2:03.55
  • 100 fly – 56.02 / 55.88
  • 100 back – 57.01 / 57.58

Raili Kary

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Kary will continue the Blues’ strong backstroke tradition as she is a four-time provincial champion in the backstroke and double bronze medalist at the Canadian junior national championships in the 100 and 200-metre events.

“Raili will make an immediate impact for us, and like Kylie when she entered, Raili has a lot of endurance and strength to gain that will make her even faster in the near future,” said MacDonald. “We are very happy that Raili has committed early to U of T as many schools were recruiting her. Being a top student and a top swimmer, U of T is the perfect fit.”

Top times SCM / LCM:

  • 50 back – 28.97 / 29.91
  • 100 back – 1:01.87 / 1:03.16
  • 200 back – 2:10.58 / 2:15.08
  • 50 free – 26.82 / 27.82
  • 100 free – 58.65 / 58.48
  • 200 free – 2:04.24 / 2:08.40

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