Volume 95, Issue 61

Tuesday, January 22, 2002
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Mustang women making waves

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Weekend Rundown

Mustang women making waves

Swim meet brings mixed results

By Ryan Hickman
Gazette Staff

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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THE TIME HAS FINALLY ARRIVED FOR THE NESTEA PLUNGE. The atmosphere is tense as competing swimmer's attempt to be the best fish in the sea.

The Mustang men got down early and could not make up the deficit. Warrior head coach Brian Cartiledge said the the turning point came early. "We got up early and our distance freestyle was just stronger," he said.

Strong individual performances from the Mustangs included Matt Wood and Nicholas Peterkin and, as a group, the Mustang men were not discouraged by the loss.

"We don't see this as a win-loss situation, but more as motivation as we learn from every meet," Peterkin said afterwards.

According to Belfry, the Mustang relay teams are strong and possess decent depth. "Our top end is good, but we are just a couple of guys short," Belfry remarked.

Two long-time pool records were smashed at the dual meet.

The Warrior men's 400 metre medley relay team eclipsed a 10-year-old record by almost five seconds. The Warrior women in the 400 metre medley relay beat a record that had stood for 20 years.

Mustang breaststroker Tristan Squire-Smith said both teams are worn down from recent training. "We are now into our special dieting and everyone is depleted from our 10 day training camp in Fort Lauderdale over the break."

Both squads will now try to rest as much as possible before the Ontario University Athletics finals.

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