Volume 94, Issue 51
Wednesday, November 29, 2000
Men notch first win - Swimmers split at Laurier meet
MAYBE IF I STAY LIKE THIS LONG ENOUGH, I'LL BECOME INVISIBLE. The women's swim team got a little waterlogged in the Laurier pool this weekend.
By Jessica Leeder
Ask Western's men's and women's swimming teams how they fared in a dual meet against Laurier this past weekend and they might say 'you win some, you lose some.'
The women's squad came out on the losing end of the dual meet. It was the first such event of the season in which they failed to take home first place honours.
"We hadn't swam against Laurier yet and we didn't know what to expect from them," said third-year team member Sarah Teetzel. "It took us longer to get into the meet I think because we were a little late getting there and we had a shorter warm-up. But now we know that we need to be ready to swim when we go to any meet and to be prepared no matter what the circumstances."
Western's head coach, Glen Belfry, described the women's effort as "flat" in the early stages of the meet, although he said the ladies redeemed themselves with a stronger effort in the last half of the races.
"Everybody was into the meet in the second half and I think that's critical. We're still getting used to making sure we're always at our best, living up to other teams' expectations of the kind of competition Western is going to present."
On the flip side, the men's team pulled out their first win of the season against a different looking Laurier squad than last year.
"I think they lost a few swimmers to graduation and that has hurt them," said first-year freestyler and backstroker, Aaron Maszko. "They just aren't as strong as last year's squad, plus all of us were shaven and rested which gave us an advantage from competing at the Ontario Senior Championships [Saturday]."
The first place finish came by a 60-point margin for the men over the Golden Hawks. The Mustangs racked up 160 points in various events, while the Laurier team managed 100.
"At big meets [the men] seem to run out of bodies, but in a dual meet we are able to do better because the lack of depth isn't much of a problem," Belfry said.
Top swimmers for the men were Andrew Munroe and Matt Wood. Munroe finished first overall in the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:59:40; first in the 400m freestyle in 4:17:60, and was also a member of the winning freestyle relay team. Wood finished the 50m fly with a time of 53:56, the 100m free in 52:80 and was also a member of the 400m free relay team.
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