Volume 93, Issue 44

Wednesday, November 17, 1999


Duck flies high at CIAU finals

Western slams T.O. Open

Mustangs avoid volleyball scare

Erratic defence keeps volleyball match tight

Squash team missing key Mustangs

Hawks drown 'Stangs

Hawks drown 'Stangs

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks traded their wings for their swimming flippers Saturday as they beat the Western swim team in an Ontario University Athletics West division swim meet.

Western head coach Glen Belfry said the meet was a mix of good and bad for his team. "The good was we swam well individually. The bad was we were beat pretty soundly."

Individual highlights included Western winning the women's 4x100-yard individual medley relay, Jen Manley winning the 200-yard butterfly and Amy Lanza winning the 200-yard breaststroke. Matt Wood of the men's team, ranked number one in Ontario, won the 50-yard freestyle and remained undefeated in the event for the season. The team also captured the 4x100-yard freestyle relay.

"It was our first conference meet," Belfry said. "It was a very good meet and very competitive."

Despite losing overall, Belfry said he was happy with the performance of his swimmers. "We're swimming extremely well. Individually, we are doing the things needed in training."

Lanza agreed the team had a decent showing. "Laurier is a strong team and we did well," she said. "[Winning the 200-yard breaststroke] was good, it was one of my stronger events and it felt good to win it."

Laurier head coach Dean Boles said he was happy with the results, despite having to adjust to swimming yards instead of metres. He cited his roster as a reason they beat the Mustangs. "We have more depth [than Western] and have some pretty darn good kids here."

Boles said the strength of his team was demonstrated by winning the majority of the events. "We won enough events to make a difference and the second place wins helped."

Many teams look to Western as a measuring stick for ability and Boles said his team is the same. "Our goal is to beat Western which we did. What I have noticed is that this year's Western team is stronger than last year."

Belfry added the benefit of participating in early meets was that it prepared them for the later events. "We have three or four months to move things along."

The Western men now travel to Notre Dame on Friday, then meet up with the women's team at the University of Toronto for the OUA invitational meet.

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