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By Jessica Leeder
The Western swim team finally got their feet wet as they kicked off the 2000-01 season at the annual Ontario University Athlestics association relay meet this past weekend.
The women's team had a strong weekend showing, taking home first place, while the men, looking stronger than last season, were awarded fourth place overall.
"Western has a very competitive stance as far as the rest of the teams go," said head coach Glen Belfry. "I was pleasantly surprised at the meet I didn't realize how much better we were this year."
The lady Mustangs swam their way to three gold medals in the 200 metre freestyle, 300 metre butterfly and 200 metre Individual Medley events. They received silver standing in both the 200 metre breast stroke and the 300 metre IM and bronze medals in four other events.
Guelph Gryphons head coach Alan Fairweather, said the relay tournament was a pretty good indicator of what the season will be like.
"Western has had a couple of weaker years and yet this year they look to have a pretty strong men's team and obviously the women are going to do well because they won the meet."
Carrying the bulk of the Mustang strength are returning leading ladies Crystal Clarke, team co-captain and breastroker who won two silver medals at the OUA championships last season; Amy Lanza, a breastroker who competed for the National Lifeguard Team in Australia last spring; Pamsyn Green, a fifth-year breastroker and Sarah Teetzel, a third-year freestyler. A new face to keep an eye out for is rookie Carmen Barnett, a President's Scholarship winner and member of all three gold medal relay teams in this past weekend's meet.
"We have a really balanced team this year," Belfry said. "We have a lot more depth than last year."
The men's squad placed first in the 200 metre freestyle relay, second in the 300 metre breastroke, the 200 metre IM and the 400 metre freestyle events. Belfry said the men placing fourth overall did not worry him.
"They're doing all the things they need to do. With swimming you never really know what's going to happen at the end. I would say they did well they were a good solid presence at the meet."
The key swimmers for the team this weekend were returning co-captain Andrew Munroe, Matt Wood, Logan Willis and rookie Aaron Maszko.
"The men's team is definitely a huge improvement from last year. We're moving in the right direction in terms of rebuilding and getting things together," Munroe said. "For the last few years we've been struggling to gain depth, but this year we've gained some talented rookies."
According to Belfry, the Mustangs have their sights set on three competitive levels spread out during their season. Western has the advantage of hosting four divisional meets and they will travel to the OUA championships in February with hopes of qualifying for the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union tournament a couple weeks later.
Munroe said he is anticipating a rewarding season. "We are competitive now. This year people have to look at Western. It's going to be a season where anything is possible."