Volume 92, Issue 72

Thursday, February 4, 1999


Bronzed Mustangs back from games

Mustang men shrink in Western's cold water

Excitement left behind in Thames

The World University Games are singing a different tune

Western rewind

Sports shorts

Mustang men shrink in Western's cold water

By Justin Klein
Gazette Staff

The Western Mustang swim team is hoping to find a way to make up for a key weakness this weekend when they travel to Laurentian for the Ontario University Athletics finals – a lack of men.

Over the last three years the men's swimming team has shrunk in size from 32 athletes in 1996 to the current nine-member squad. The poor facilities at Western have proved fatal for recruiting and the size of the team has proven to be a major disadvantage, according to head coach Glen Belfry.

"Western is a small and young team," said Guelph Gryphon head coach Alan Fairweather. "[They're] missing potential opportunities to score, as each swimmer can score in up to six events."

Belfry said he felt the two week break between meets will greatly benefit his swimmers, giving them a chance to relax their bodies. Belfry is also hoping breaststroke swimmer Andrew Munro can at least match his best time set last year.

"Andrew went 1:51 at the end of last year and this year his best time is 1:59," Belfry said. "He is stronger and fitter and the rest will really pay off this weekend."

Robert Trantor, the captain of the men's team, felt sixth place is not out of the question.

"We have been preparing for this all year long and I think that the guys will score their personal bests this weekend," the fourth-year kinesiology major said. "Everybody is looking to do five per cent better than they have done all year."

Although the women's team came up short a couple of weekends ago in Waterloo, on the whole a number of individuals had a successful meet.

"We were the underdogs going into Waterloo and I think that the girls swam extremely well," Belfry said. "The team has a lot of depth and I think that it was a great meet for us."

Although McMaster and the University of Toronto are the two dominating teams in the league, women's co-captain Tamsyn Green felt the squad is ready to make their presence felt.

"I don't think that we will be able to beat Mac and U of T," said the third-year health science major. "We will be able to hold our own against schools that are in our league and I think that we will be able to finish top six."

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