Volume 93, Issue 60

Tuesday, January 18, 2000


Hockey men on late season roll

All tied up with Brock

Women block out McMaster

Relays lead athletes to victory

Gruhn's big dig gives Western three set win

Relays lead athletes to victory

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

The question of which swims better, a Mustang or a Badger, was answered this weekend as Western's men's and women's swim teams beat Brock University 86-79 and 91-74 respectively.

The women rallied until the final event – the 400 yard freestyle relay sealed Western's triumph over the Badgers.

Western's head coach, Glen Belfry, said the women's event was unbelievably close. "Every point counted. Every race, it seemed, you were up one point then down one point the [next race]."

Herb deBray, head coach of the Brock team, said the women's competition would have finished closer if he had changed the lineup for the 400 yard relay. "If I had put our fastest four swimmers together, we would have had a better result. It's still early and we're still experimenting [with relay combinations]."

Belfry added he was extremely happy with the women's performance. "Everyone swam great. The B-relays scored points, every point was important today."

Crystal Clark, co-captain for the Mustangs, echoed her coach's sentiments. "Everybody had outstanding swims. The whole team came together – it was fantastic," she said.

Co-captain Tamsyn Green said she too was impressed by the way the team maintained their concentration. "Everyone was into it. We were focused and prepared," she said.

The men's win was also determined by the final race, with the 400 yard freestyle relay securing the meet for Western.

Andrew Munro, captain of the men's team, said many events ended in a tight finish. "A lot of the races were touch outs, guys were reaching and winning." He added the timing of the meet was beneficial to their motivation. "The training [over the break] is great, but we train to compete – the OUs are only a month away."

The men's relay team is preparing for a strong finish at the OUA championships and have very specific goals in mind, Munro said. "We are going to compete for the medals. [This meet] was a tune-up for the [OUAs]."

The Mustangs hit the water next against the University of Waterloo Warriors Jan. 29, in Waterloo.

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