Athlete of the week: Mitchell Cox



Mitchell Cox, a first-year student at Laurentian University, earned the title of 2018-2019 Male Rookie of the Year at his school after an exceptional year of swimming for the Voyageurs.

Cox’s previous swim coach, Morgan Kierstead from the Muskoka Aquatic Club (MUSAC) said, “I am very proud of Mitch and the progress he made in the pool during his first season with the Laurentian Voyageurs… His recognition of Rookie of the Year was well deserved!”

Mitchell Cox and his Coach Phil Parker from Laurentian University (supplied)

Mitchell Cox and his Coach Phil Parker from Laurentian University (supplied)

Cox began swimming at the age of six because his mom wanted him to be a strong swimmer, and it was her who kept him swimming.

By the age of 14, Cox was loving his time in the pool. As a MUSAC team member, he perfected his technique in Backstroke and Freestyle.

“Mitch left our program for university with a lot of promise and he succeeded in achieving great performances throughout the season,” added Kierstead.

As a Voyageur swimmer, Cox racked up the medals during the 2018-19 swim season.

He won a gold for a 200M Freestyle race; and silvers for a 200M Backstroke, a 100M Backstroke and a 4x100M Freestyle Relay.

He says his best moment to date was winning the Bronze medal for his relay swim at the 2018-19 OUA (Ontario University Athletics) Championships.

“It was surreal to win a medal with the guys on my team,” said Cox. He is also honoured to have been recognized as the Rookie of the Year for Laurentian University Athletics.

Now home from his first year at university, he is back in the pool with MUSAC.

“MUSAC is happy to have him back in the pool training with our Senior group and racing for us this summer at Provincials,” said Kierstead.

During the summer off-season, Cox plans to work on his skills to be an even better swimmer for his varsity team and to perform better as an individual swimmer for both next year’s OUA Championships and for USPORTS (the rebranded Canadian Interuniversity Sport).

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  1. Great work, Mitchell. That is one heck of a great achievement and puts you in great company with the likes of Alex Bauman, Rob Wallenius, and Jennifer Campbell… to name just a few of Laurentian’s oustanding swimmers over the years….each of whom was on the National Team during their careers.

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