Volume 95, Issue 50

Thursday, November 29, 2001
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Every day is a great one for Walter Gretzky

Canada's other cup

Sprinting to track supremacy

Peaks and valleys

Peaks and valleys

No matter how hard you try, it's tough reaching immediate glory when you start from scratch.

The Western women's waterpolo team was reminded of this lesson Monday when they met the defending OUA champions from McMaster, losing 19-5.

Even with the lopsided score, the team was positive about their performance and felt they actually surprised many people with their play said team founder, Naomi Loewith.

"A lot of people who had seen us play only a month ago in Ottawa were shocked at how much we've improved since then," Loewith said. "We gave it all we had and really pushed them to beat us. The score was lopsided, but they had to work for almost all of their goals."

Since this is the first year of women's waterpolo, the 20 team members are trying to prove to people they deserve varsity status, Loewith said.

"We're definitely going to try for next year and we obviously realize there are a lot of other people wanting the same thing as well. We've got a lot of young girls who will be back again next year, which is definitely a positive aspect to our cause," she said.

Despite lacking varsity status, having limited playing time and possessing players brand new to the team, they are treating this year seriously and, as Loewith assures, are also having a great time.

"The learning curve and team play has been really good, especially with all the new players we have," she said. "Our team is so dedicated, which is amazing to see in practicing religiously four times a week, but we're still having so much fun."

–Dave Martin

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