Volume 94, Issue 47
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Swimmers take gold - Lady Mustangs lead the way
WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS? The swimming team jumped into the deep end of the pool in action at Toronto this weekend.
By Jessica Leeder
Last weekend both the men's and women's swim teams competed at the annual Ontario University Athletics invitational meet in Toronto with both teams coming out with exceptional results.
The women's team proved once again that they are in their prime and working towards a strong showing at OUA finals in March. The lady Mustangs brought home first place overall in the meet with a total of 467 points over the Toronto Varsity Blues, who racked up 423 points of their own.
Women's co-captain, Crystal Clark, was modest in her recollection of the weekend's events. "Everyone was really tired going into this weekend's meet everyone was really tired because we had to wait around until three o'clock to swim not all of the girls did as well as they were expecting to do."
Sarah Teetzel placed second in the 200m freestyle, third in the 800m freestyle and fourth in the 400m freestyle; Carmen Barnett placed first in the 100m fly, second in the 50m freestyle and second in the 100m freestyle; Jen Manley placed second in the 100m butterfly, fourth in the 50m butterfly.
Clark said the team has been training especially hard lately in order to build up a base so they are ready for their two weeks of training in Florida after Christmas.
"We've done a lot of distance training lately but we need to work on mental preparation so we can pull out more good swims. We weren't placing as well as we should have because people did things differently this time and worked on their total race we had a lot of smart swims.
"It was hard to stay prepared to swim all day long while we were just sitting there, hard to keep up your preparation for when you get into the pool we had a lot of top 10 placing that put us over the top."
Western head coach, Glen Belfry, said the key to the successes of the women's team, who have placed first in four out of five meets this year, is their depth.
"I would say we have three or four really good swimmers, but out of 20, we have 12 or so good swimmers that put us in contention. This weekend we had a few do really well and a lot more place in the top 10."
On the flip side, Belfry said he thought the men's team, who placed fifth overall in the meet, were about a year away from reaching their prime level of competitiveness.
"We do have a solid group of athletes and fourth place is certainly getting closer to the top, but we have another year of work ahead of us."
Men's team co-captain, Andrew Munroe, echoed Belfry's thoughts, noting it is a commitment to training that will help the men's team have an even stronger season.
"I think the key to us getting stronger is a definite commitment to training. Training directly relates to how you perform."
Key floaters for the men were Matt Wood with a solid first place finish in the 50m freestyle and Aaron Maszko with a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke. Munroe said Wood has yet to be defeated this season in the 50m freestyle he has finished first overall each time he has swum the event.
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