Volume 95, Issue 61
Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Mustang women making waves
Swim meet brings mixed results
By Ryan Hickman
The air was thick with humidity and the smell of chlorine as the Western Mustangs swim team split a pair of meets with the Waterloo Warriors in their home pool on Friday night.
The women's team edged out a gritty win 106-104, while the men were overwhelmed 120-90.
The Mustang and Warrior women bounced back and forth on the scoreboard, the lead alternating between the two squads with almost every race. It was the early races that kept the Mustang women in the contest and gave them a chance going into the final relays. One swimmer, in particular, those early races was paramount to Mustang success.
"Jessica Kelly was great for us tonight and gave us the opportunity to compete in the end," said Mustang head coach Glen Belfry.
Coming in, the Warrior women were stronger in the breaststroke and butterfly. Fortunately, the Mustangs negated this advantage by competing strongly in those two disciplines.
With Western's domination of the freestyle, the deal was sealed for the Mustangs. Carmen Barnett was especially prolific in the freestyle and relay.
The home pool advantage was a boon to Western's women in the concluding events. Incredible spirit from the purple and white faithful fired up the women in the relays.
The women assured the victory in the concluding 400 metre freestyle relay where they finished one-two in an exciting finish down the final stretch.
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