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Swimming in the deep end
By Sean Maraj
Who ever thought Queen's could swim in the deep end?
That's exactly what happened as the Queen's University Golden Gaels used team depth to their advantage and narrowly defeated the Western Mustang swim team in a weekend meet.
In their second meet of the year, the Mustangs put in several strong performances on an individual level with strong lengths by Sarah Teelzel, Lisa Chin and Jenn Manley, who is ranked number one provincially. The Western men's team was led by first place finishes from Matt Wood, Andrew Munro and Nathan Degiorgio.
But in the end, a lack of depth hurt the Mustangs and they were not able to pull out an overall victory at the tournament. "As a group they swam well. We won a lot of events, they just had a little more depth than we did," said Western head coach Glen Belfry.
Belfry emphasized his team managed to win a greater number of events than Queen's, however in the end it came down to the number of swimmers per team something Queen's had much more of than Western. "We won seven out of 10 events, more than they did, it was just down to depth," Belfry said.
Queen's head coach Ken Anderson said he was happy with his team's performance and pointed to their flexibility as one of the primary reasons for the win over the weekend.
"We did great, the team had a lot of depth, some people stepped up and did some things they don't normally do distance–wise. They swam well tired and were very versatile," Anderson said.
Crystal Clark, co-captain of the Western women's team was content with how her team performed and thought the meet could have gone either way. "We did very well, a very close meet it was anyone's [win]," she said. "We came out and won a lot of the events, it was the best meet of the year with everyone supporting each other."
Clark said the meet was a building block in the team's march toward the Ontario University Athletics championships which begin in February. She said she also thought the meet was part of a bigger puzzle increasing the team's fitness level and creating more success as the season wears on.
"We still have a lot of season left and we're still building ourselves and our endurance," she said. "We're not focusing on any specific meet right now, we're just preparing ourselves for February. By then we'll have endurance and backbone."
Andrew Munro, co-captain for the Western men's team, said he was also happy with how his team performed. "The team did excellent, but it didn't show on the scoreboard. [Queens'] third and fourth place finishes just kept adding up," he said.
The team will now move on to Western's first home meet this weekend at Thames Hall. Munro said he was confident they are on the right track and it's only a matter of time before the results start to show.
"We'll keep doing what we're doing. We just need to maintain our level and something good will happen," he said.