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Volume 90, Issue 78
Wednesday, February 12, 1997
MEN The Western men's squash team captured its 14th consecutive OUAA squash title Saturday at McMaster. The Mustangs defeated the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in the final. After two blowout best-of-six semi-finals where both finalists defeated McMaster 6-0, the Mustangs and the Blues tied at three matches each. Western won the tie-breaker based on individual scores by a narrow five points.
The top three Mustangs, including all-stars Rob Wilson and Pete Gildenhuys, were defeated, however, victories by Richard Yendle, Eric Zaremba and Jason Vincze lifted Western to the title.
Western coach Jack Fairs, who received OUAA coach of the year honours, described the championship as the most hard-fought Western has ever played in.
The focus of the Mustangs will change to the NCAA championships which begin Feb. 22 at Princeton University in New Jersey.
WOMEN The Western women's squash team finished fourth in the OWIAA after losing 6-0 in the semis to the eventual champions from Queen's. The Mustangs tied McMaster 3-3 in the battle for third place but the hosting team declared the win on points, 164-160.
Western's Paige Mason was named a conference all-star despite losing her match against McMaster.
The men's and women's fencing teams competed in the McMaster West sectionals on the weekend and produced some strong individual results for Western. Jennifer Foss finished second in the women's foil, which was won by the Mustangs as a team. Mike Hassett won the men's foil and Patricia Nonato also had a runner-up showing in the women's sabre as Western teams finished second overall in the men's epee, foil and the women's sabre events.
Western's next fence-off is slated for the OUAA and OWIAA championships Saturday at the Royal Military College in Kingston.
The Western men's and women's rock-squads travelled to Toronto for a final tune-up before the OUAA and OWIAA championships scheduled for next Saturday. The men's team earned final rock credit for its first provincial championship game by mustering a 3-2 record on the weekend. Western, led by skip Heath McCormick, defeated Queen's, Nipissing and Trent while losing to Toronto and RMC. The women finished with a record of 1-3, defeating Toronto but losing to Trent, Queen's and RMC.
Western had a strong weekend with both individual and team figures finishing atop the standings at the OWIAA championships at McMaster Friday. Sonya Clark won gold in the intermediate figures while Sarah Gravel finished third in the solo event. Overall, the Mustangs swam away with a silver medal in the team.
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