Volume 93, Issue 77

Wednesday, February 16, 2000


SPORTS

There's gold in them there birdies

Skating to the sixth symphony

Warriors can't solve the Mustangs' defence

One win away from clinching first

Wrestling for gold

Clark and Wood swim for silver at OUA finals

Weekend roundup

Clark and Wood swim for silver at OUA finals



By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

The water was just right last weekend in St. Catharine's for the Ontario University Athletics swimming championships.

The Western women's team placed sixth in the competition which was highlighted by co-captain Crystal Clark who won two silver medals in the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke. Sarah Teetzel placed fourth in the 800 metre freestyle and the women's 4x200 metre relay team also finished fourth. The men's results included silvers in the 50 metre freestyle and the 50 metre butterfly by Matt Wood and a bronze in the men's relay.

Western head coach Glen Belfry said he was pleased with how the team performed. "Extremely well, we don't have too many superstars. It was all people who have been coming up – we had a nice presence at the podium," he said.

Clark said the entire team had a great meet. "It was a fantastic meet for everyone in terms of the enthusiasm and the swims. It was a great way to finish off the season."

As for her personal results, Clark said she was pleased. "It was good – both were best times. It was more exciting to be on the podium and [have] the team cheering from the bleachers. It meant a lot."

Clark has qualified for the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union championships in the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke. She said next week would be spent preparing for the meet. "I'm not nervous yet. I have a week and a half to train, it's a good week to get everything down pat." Andrew Munroe, Teetzle and Wood also qualified for the CIAU championships.

University of Toronto head coach Byron MacDonald said he thought the meet was conducted very well. "Overall, it was very smoothly run," he said. "It was the best in years in terms of more teams with better depth – not faster depth, but more schools scoring more points."

Toronto finished second in the meet and MacDonald said his team could have scored higher if it were not for a disqualification which cost them 40 points. They were also missing a few swimmers.

"Our two best women are sitting out the year for the Olympics which diminished our ability to finish higher," he said. "Our best male swimmer is also out for the year because he was sitting out for the Olympics. The result is better in the light that we were able to maintain our position as one of the top teams in the country."

MacDonald said he was also pleased to see more schools scoring points at the OUA championships than usual. "It was great to see. I went up to Glen after the meet and said it was great to see Western scoring as well, considering the constraints – they have an outdated pool. A new pool would overnight leap them higher [in the OUA].

The CIAU championships are February 25-27 in Guelph.




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