Volume 92, Issue 75

Wednesday, February 10, 1999


Mustangs spike Guelph

Squash team's a smashing success

Lacrosse will rock you

Mustangs can't beat Irish luck

Competition overpowers Mustangs

Competition overpowers Mustangs

By Neil Erlick
Gazette Writer

After starting the season slowly, the Western swim team stormed the Ontario University Athletics championships in Sudbury last weekend with high energy and personal best times.

Unfortunately, the University of Toronto and McMaster University proved to be too strong for even the mightiest Mustang at the Laurentian University hosted event.

"The Ontario finals was a very good meet," Western's head coach Glen Belfry said. "It is tough to win there. So tough that U of T won all of the events but three."

Brock Badger coach Herb deBray agreed with Belfry's assessment of the strength of skill and ability at the championship meet.

"Toronto and McMaster were the top dogs. After that it was fairly even," deBray said.

Despite the barriers confronting the Mustangs, there were several highlights for the team. On the women's side, Amy Lanza won a gold medal in the 50 metre breaststroke (the team's first in six years) and a silver medal in the 100 m. Crystal Clark placed fourth and sixth respectively in the 50 m and 100 m breaststroke while Sarah Teetsel won the consolation finals in the 200 m freestyle. All three women recorded their personal best times.

For the men's team, Nathan Digiorgio posted a lifetime best sixth and seventh place finish in the 100 m and 200 m freestyle while Andrew Munro reached the finals in the 200 m freestyle and blew away the competition in the consolation finals.

In spite of crushing his opponents by over three seconds in the 400 m consolation final, Munro was disappointed with his performance.

"Personally, I did not meet my expectations," he said. "But I did put my best effort into the meet. The competition was tough. U of T and McMaster owned every event."

Belfry did not see the meet in the same negative manner. He was very pleased with the performance and felt the team's overall expectations were met.

"We finished in seventh place this year," Belfry said. "That is a great improvement from our 12th place finish a year ago. Twenty-four out of 26 swimmers had very good meets. I feel that we made our presence felt. We swam fast, we were tough and we worked hard as a team. Both the men and women did a good job this weekend."

Next up for the Mustangs is the Canadian national championships hosted by Guelph University in two weeks. Amy Lanza, Crystal Clark, Sarah Teetsel and Stephanie Murray all qualified and will represent the women's team for Western. Both Andrew Munro and Nathan Digiorgio missed the cut by one-10th of a second in their respective events and will not battle for the national title.

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