Volume 96, Issue 71
Wednesday, February 5, 2003

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Squash wins OUAs... again

The Western squash team is good. Damn good.

The Ontario University Athletics individual championships for men's and women's squash took place this past weekend at Brock University and surprise, surprise, Western took home four of the top six spots.

It was an all-Western final, featuring Rob Nigro, last year's OUA champion, facing Andrew Jones, 2001 OUA champion, with Nigro eventually taking home this year's big prize.

"It was definitely tension free," said Western squash coach Jack Fairs concerning the prospects of having two of his pupils facing one another in the finals. "They're both excellent players, part of an elite development program [and] both of them [have] competed on the national and international level."

In addition to becoming a two-time defending provincial champion, also won the Canadian national individual championships last year, and also competed for Canada at the World University Games held in Linz, Austria, this past summer. Nigro was one of three squash players selected from all of Canada to compete in that competition.

Still not impressed? Western is now preparing for the OUA team competition that is taking place this upcoming weekend, a title they have held for 20 consecutive years. They hold a grand total of 29 OUA Championships overall, a record for any Canadian university sport, and don't seen to be slowing down.

"We've won piles of [OUAs] over the years, but [the athletes] are really geared up for this weekend," Fairs said.

– Benjamin Mills

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