Volume 90, Issue 69
Tuesday, January 28, 1997
The Western ice women skated to a fourth-place finish at the Brock Figure Skating Invitational among a strong sea of competitors.
They cruised atop the placing ladder for the majority of the morning with first-place rankings by Meagan McDonald in the long-range program and Shannon McCartney in the short. They also iced their competition for the original set pattern) program, spurred by Stacey Shehey, Jennifer Lippingwell, Patti Kepling and Kelly Dekears. Strong performances were also turned in by Tamara Sutton, who placed third in the senior B ladies and by the pairs four of Chelsea George, Angela Martin, McDonald and Sutton.
"I'm very proud of what the girls have done," head coach Robbin Hewitt said. "I'm thrilled, they've been working hard all season."
"They've made a definite improvement since the start of the season," assistant coach Jennifer Farr said. "The field is really close this year, unlike previous years where Queen's has walked away with the title. This year it's up in the air. Any of four teams, Guelph, Brock, Queen's and us could claim the title."
Western skates next at the OWIAA finals in Waterloo on Feb. 22.
Western's aqua-athletes played host to Waterloo this weekend, sinking the Athenas but taking a hit on the men's side. When the ripples finally calmed, it was Western 92-71 for the women and Waterloo 85-80 for the men.
The women's 4 x 100 medley relay team of Angela White, Deanna McEachern, Jen Dupuis and Laura Seanor won its event, as did the 4 x 100 free relay team of Hillary March, Nona Wittek, Andrea Barnes and Dupuis. The women also scarred the Warriors with individual wins by Ariana Price in the 200m back and Laura Seanor in the 50m free.
The men proved to be almost as successful but were edged out by a faster Waterloo team. They donned feathers in their hats for the 4 x 100 medley team of Bogdan Cenanovic, John Kaminsky, J.F. Potvin and Ian McDonald and beat the Warriors in the 4 x 100 free relay. The team consisted of Dave Hoga, Gary Jacobson, Ian McDonald and Steve Krima. Krima also swam away with the 400m and 800m free events.
"Krima has been swimming great so far this year," Western head coach Glen Belfry said. "It was a solid team effort all around, everybody's been swimming really well."
The team now awaits the provincial championships coming up on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 and is lessening its heavy practice load to accommodate the upcoming competitions.
"We just started tapering down," Belfry said. "I've got our swimmers on a carbohydrate-drop diet and we've been working on a lot of technique and a bit of sprinting."
The OWIAAs take place at the University of Toronto while the OUAAs will be hosted by Laurentian.
The past weekend saw the Western curlers travel to Kitchener to face three West division rivals in McMaster, Waterloo and Laurier.
The first game saw Western fail to capitalize on some excellent opportunities. The Mustangs came up just short and lost 9-8 to McMaster.
In its next two matches Western was able to redeem itself with convincing victories against the two hometown schools Waterloo and Laurier, with 10-3 and 9-3 wins, respectively.
Western curler Jeff Steski was one of the reasons for the team's success at the tournament, making some excellent shots to almost come home with a 3-0 record.
The 2-1 record gives the Western curlers an excellent start to their competitive season, a feat they hope to soon surpass.
In two weeks the team will travel to Toronto to face the remaining teams in the OUAA East division, the results of which will decide who will play in the championship scheduled for London in late February.
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