Volume 93, Issue 55

Tuesday, December 7, 1999


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Western falls to Guelph in final meet of the year

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Weekend Roundup

Western falls to Guelph in final meet of the year

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

Western's swim team travelled to Guelph Friday night to take on the Guelph Gryphons in their final Ontario University Athletics swim meet of the year.

Unfortunately, the Mustangs were hit by the incoming tide of the Gryphons and lost the meet 118-65 points on the women's side and 112-70 points on the men's side.

Individual results included Sarah Teetzel winning the 200 metre and 400 metre free style event, Jen Manley dominating the 200 metre fly and Kristi Wolosinecky capturing the 200 metre backstroke.

Western head coach Glen Belfry said the difference between his women's team and Guelph's was the amount of sprinters. "Typically, we have a lot of sprinters, this year we have a lot of distance swimmers," he said. "But our strength is that our best swimmers are pretty quick compared to the rest of the league."

On the men's side, Matt Wood won another 50 metre freestyle event and added a victory in the 100 metre freestyle. Nathan Degiorgio won the 200 metre breast stroke and the men rounded out the meet with a win in the 4x100 metre relay.

Belfry said despite the loss, the team has done well this season. "It's very encouraging. Our fastest people are doing very well and our others swimmers are coming along," he said. "People are training and working hard. We'll have to keep it up for the next six weeks for the OUs."

Gryphons head coach Alan Fairweather said the meet went better than he expected. "We thought the men's side would be tight, but it was not as tight as we thought," he said. "Western won half the events, but we finished strong in the second and third place finishes."

Crystal Clark, co-captain of the women's team, said the competition was a positive one for the Mustangs. "Everyone was swimming strong. It was a good way to end the year. We've done a lot more than people expected, it's a good sign," she said. "We've made a lot of improvements over last year."

Degiorgio cited Guelph's depth as a factor in the meet. "We only have 14 guys on the team, it's tough to compete when they have more."

He added the next two meets in the new year will function as a tune up for the OUA finals. "I think we can beat [Brock University and the University of Waterloo] and they'll help us get ready for OUs."

The Mustangs now head to Florida over the Christmas holidays for a training camp at the International Swimming Hall of Fame complex in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Belfry said the team has been going since 1970. "It lasts 12 days and we swim twice a day. It's a great training environment. [The swimmers] get away from school and can just train."

When the Mustangs return from Florida, they'll prepare for their next competition on Jan. 16.

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