Volume 94, Issue 38

Tuesday, November 18, 2000


Turn out the lights, the party's over

OUA champs sink Mustangs in pool action

OUA champs sink Mustangs in pool action

By Pat Kane
Gazette Staff

Western's swim teams fell short to a tough McMaster squad on the weekend, but are looking to build on the positives to come up with a winning season.

Scores on the men's side were 95-70, while the Western women capped the night off with a 109-56 loss. Although the men and women did not put up the points needed to win the meet, a huge accomplishment for the Western swim program was met when the women's medley relay team broke a long standing pool record by four seconds. The team of Sarah Teetzel, Tansyn Green, Jen Manley and Jenny Cairns set the new standard with a time of 4:07.7.

Mustang head coach, Glen Belfry, said he was very impressed and proud of both of his teams, who showed a great amount of spirit and potential.

"I thought we swam well against McMaster, who are the defending Ontario University Athletics champs," he said. "There's always room for improvement, but this team has tremendous spirit and are very dedicated."

Western swimmers, Matt Wood, Aaron Maszko and Adam Cox came up big for the men's side, by winning their respective races.

On the women's side, Jenny Cairns, Jen Manley and the medley relay team held the fort for the Mustangs. Western women captains, Krista Sargeant and Krystal Clark, said they felt that all the women swam strong and that the final scores fail to show how tight each race really was.

"All of our races were close tonight – the points don't reflect how we did in the pool," Sargeant said.

"I thought we swam well. We had great technique and were very smart in the pool. We can always do better [statistically], there's no where to go but up," Clark added.

Men's swimmers Aaron Degiorgio and Andrew Munro, said they were also very happy with how the Western men swam. The two captains gave credit to McMaster, adding that a tough club like the Marauders made [Western] swim a lot better.

"McMaster is very strong. A few of our rookies broke through with some great swims – Adam Cox and Aaron Maszko took home wins which is a great positive for the team," Munro said.

The overall improvement and spirit of the Western swim team was certainly not missed by McMaster head coach, Gaye Stratten, who was impressed with the depth and enthusiasm Western showed.

"I was really surprised with Western to be quite honest. I didn't know about some of the swimmers they had. It goes to show how much depth Western has and how well they've come along," Stratten said.

The meet against McMaster was not the only action the Mustang swimmers saw over the weekend. Notre Dame and Saint Mary's were in town, both stealing wins from Western. The fighting Irish beat out the Mustang men with a score of 103-62, while the women fell short to Saint Mary's 101-58. The meet against Notre Dame is a long held tradition between the two schools which dates back to 1950.

Despite the losses over the weekend, Belfry said he looks forward to his team's next challenge.

"I have a positive outlook for the season. We're really starting to improve and our swimmers are starting to shine."

Western's next meet is scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Toronto OUA Invitational.

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