Volume 94, Issue 64
Wednesday, January 17, 2001
The Western badminton team kept the birdies flying on the weekend with a dominating performance at a crossover tournament hosted by McMaster.
Western lined up against five teams from the East Division and spanked them all, losing only three matches in the entire tournament.
Western head coach Bill Mason said his team played what could only be described as "outstanding badminton." Mason said the success of this team is rooted in a strong work ethic.
"We have a very dedicated team. They have all been working very hard in practice, supporting each other and no matter who is in the line-up we know they are going to give it their best," he said.
The win extends the Mustangs incredible winning streak to 33 straight matches. The team was 20-0 last season and are 13-0 thus far in the 2000-2001 campaign.
Mason identified the Queen's team as an opponent Western thought would really provide a stiff challenge. He said the lopsided scores were a result of his team rising to the occasion.
"They really did come through with flying colours. Queen's brought what is probably their best line-up but we won some very competitive matches and that helped us. We were just so determined and came up with some fine victories," he said.
Mason said top players Val Locker and Chris Durdan really shone, as well as Janis Kawamoto who did not suffer a loss in 10 matches including singles, doubles and mixed doubles play.
Western hosts the next tournament on Feb. 17.
Both of Western's swim teams went to St. Catharine's this weekend and ended up breaking Brock in separate meets.
Not known for having a particularly strong swimming program, Brock lost to the No. 8 ranked women 166 - 101, with Western winning 10 of 20 events. The men also handily beat the Badgers 145 - 99, taking 9 of 17 races.
"They were pretty good wins," said Western swimming head coach Glen Belfry. "It was a little tough to get up though because Brock isn't the strongest squad. It was hard to be at a peak but I thought the swimmers did a pretty good job."
Carmen Barnett was a triple-event winner for the ladies while Aliza Goodman and Laura Steenburgh each won two events.
The men produced two triple-event winners in Nathan Degiorgio and Matt Wood, who is ranked number one in Ontario in the 50m freestyle. Tristin Squire-Smith took home two wins from the meet.
New men's team member, John Hewerdine, not only competed, but won his first event, the 400m freestyle, since entering Western this semester.
"He's very, very good," Belfry said. "He's been a tremendous addition and has already made a great difference. He takes us from being a competitive team to a very competitive team."
On the women's side Belfry said he was pleased to see Natasha Collia's strong performance in the 50 m fly.
Belfry said he now plans for a week of intense practice before taking a little time to relax for a meet coming up in London against Windsor on Jan. 27.
"Both meets should be very competitive," he said.
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