From "uh-oh" to the OUAs
Badgers lose their bite
It's either Halifax or bust
Celebrating gold with a Foster's
Hauling in the hardware
Western does Sale and Pelletier proud
While other Canadians were creating a stir on the ice in Salt Lake City, the Western figure skating team was spinning some magic of their own at the Ontario University Athletics championships on Feb. 25.
On their home ice-surface at Thompson Arena, the Mustangs won the overall team gold medal, its first OUA victory since the 1992-93 season.
Western skaters combined to win seven gold, two silver and four bronze medals totalling 109 points, good enough to beat their rivals from Queen's by 22 points.
Although Western did not win a competition during the year, head coach Alma Moir said she felt her team still stood a good chance at winning the grand prize.
"We've been using a double-team the entire year, somewhat splitting up our talent. I figured our team could make a pretty good run [and we did]," Moir said.
The quick start for Western by Trish Goff (senior bronze singles) and Kim Sheridan and Danielle Holdsworth (junior silver similar dance) was a big boost for the team, she added.
"Trish had a really nice win and set the tone for the whole [competition] and Kim and Danielle followed up with a win as well, which was a great way to start the first two events," Moir said.
Gold medal winners for the Mustangs included Laura Boehmer (gold level solo dance), Kim Sheridan and Danielle Holdsworth (junior silver level similar dance), Trish Goff (senior bronze level singles), Kristyn Kline (senior silver level singles), Nancy Ford, Laura Strapp, Boehmer and Liz Love (bronze level rhythm dance) and Stacey Taylor, Kristin Rowe, Rachel Smith and Jen Strickland (pairs four) as well as the Western Synchronized team.
Silver medals went to Lindsay Satterthwaite and Julie South (senior silver level similar dance) and Ford and Diana Hyde (dance variation). Finally, bronze medals were captured by Goff & Strapp (intermediate similar pairs), Holdsworth (senior silver level solo dance), Rachel Smith and Kristin Smith (senior similar pairs) as well as Taylor (gold level singles).
Track and Field fun at the OUAs
Three was the magic number of the day for the Western track and field team at the Ontario University Athletics championships in Windsor on the weekend of February 22 and 23.
Both the men's and women's teams placed third, with the University of Windsor taking top honours for both. For the men, finishing third represented a strong achievement.
"Two of our top athletes, including our captain Chris Williams, could not compete due to injury," Western coach Vickie Croley said. "If we had them, I think we would have finished second," she added.
For the Western women, who are ranked second in the nation heading into this weekend's Canadian Interuniversity Championships in Sherbrooke, Québec, the third place finish in Ontario might seem like a setback. Croley said this was not the case.
"At first I was a little disappointed hearing we finished third, but looking at the results later, we had an awesome meet. Twelve athletes [ten women and two men] moved up in the CIS top 10 rankings," Croley said.
The final point standings on the women's side indicated just how tightly contested this event was. Only 12 points separated the top three teams, with Western finishing a mere three points behind the University of Toronto.
Croley said she is now optimistic heading into the nationals. "It wasn't until the OUAs that I thought we could beat U of T, but I really think we can," she said.
Ð Ryan Dixon