Volume 95, Issue 49

Wednesday, November 28, 2001
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Women find ways to win

Shocked in the wolves' den

Swimmers heat up the pools

Squash balls are bouncing in

Nimble sporty thumbs

Swimmers heat up the pools

As the temperatures begin to fall outside, the water in the pool around Western swimmers is heating up once again as both the men and women had strong performances this past weekend.

The teams were in Hamilton to participate in the Ontario University Athletics Divisional Championships, a mid-season meet where the two divisions come together "to give everyone a chance to see how the competition is looking," said swim coach Glen Belfry.

The women placed second overall and the men third, putting the teams in a good spot in their coach's mind.

"This is a great position for us to be in," Belfry said.

Several Mustangs reached the podium including gold medal winners Aaron Maszko in the 100 and 200 metre backstroke and Matt Wood in the 50 metre freestyle. Coach Belfry said these were impressive performances.

"Aaron [Maszko's] two wins were tremendous for him. He came to us with a lot of talent, but it has taken time to get his confidence level to match that," he said. "He's now feeling like he can go into any race and have a good shot at winning. Matt [Wood] is undefeated in the [50 metre freestyle] this year, which is an outstanding achievement."

The coach noted the payoff for triple silver medal winner Sarah Teetzel

"This season, all her hard work is paying off as she is having a very strong year," Belfry said.

Carmen Barnett collected two silvers and a bronze as well.

–Dave Martin

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