Volume 94, Issue 78
Friday, February 9, 2001
Glen Belfry and his Western swim team are looking to steal some hardware as they head to Toronto this weekend for the Ontario University Athletics championships.
"We're really optimistic about our ability to do well this weekend. We'll be in the hunt for a top three showing from both the men and women. Our strength is our depth and balance as a team. Everyone contributes to our successes" Belfry said.
Belfry expects promising showings from Andrew Munroe (freestyle), Matt Wood (butterfly / freestyle), John Hewerdine (freestyle) and Nathan Degorgio (breaststroke).
On the women's side, Carmen Barnett (butterfly / fresstyle), Jen Manley (betterfly / backstroke), Crystal Clarke (breaststroke) and Sara Teetzel (freestyle) are hoping to medal and qualify for the CIAU's at the end of the month.
Although Western will be trying to break through with a terrific meet from all eighteen swimmers, they will have some pressure from the highly touted clubs of Toronto, McMaster and Waterloo.
Belfry maintains that his swimmers will have no problems if they go into Toronto focussed and prepared for each swim.
"The tournament is set up in heats, so we have to be ready for our morning swims. If we do well in the heats, we should be set to go for the finals" he said.
The Mustang men's hockey team will have their hands full as they battle the Windsor Lancers in a home scenario this weekend.
The first match is set for Friday night at Thompson arena. Western head coach Clarke Singer said he expects the Lancers to come into London with guns blazing as they attempt to claw into the OUA play-offs.
"They will be looking to play two really strong games against us knowing they will probably need to win two of their last three games to make the play-offs," Singer said.
The Mustangs are already home and cooled with a play-off bye in the first round. However, that by no means they will not be trying to put their best skate forward when they combat the Lancers. Singer said the Mustangs can expect to face a team with a strong power play and a sensational goalie.
"They have tended to be a very offensive club in the past. They have one of the goalies in the league bar none and he always comes up big against us. Their other main strength is their power play. They're a gritty team that can sometimes get other teams to take penalties and take advantage of that. We will have to try and get some guys in front of the net and make sure we stay out of the box," Singer said.
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