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Dave Picard/Gazette
IT’S TIMES LIKE THIS I’M GLAD I GOT MY GREEN BADGE. A member of Western’s swimming team puts the time-tested front crawl to good use last weekend at the OUA Championships in Ottawa.

Treading water in the Ottawa pool, the Western Mustangs swallowed a silver and bronze by the men and women respectively. This added to the already large collection of medals the swimming team has acquired for the 2003/04 season.

Two Ontario University Athletics records were set by Mustang swimmer Brad Vanderkam in the 50 metre butterfly with a time of 24.83, and the 100 metre butterfly at 53.89. The men’s 4x50 metre freestyle relay team established the competition record in this new event with a time of 1:31.90.

In a close competition in Waterloo this past weekend, the Western Mustangs were defeated by the Queen’s Golden Gaels with a score of 91-90. The Mustangs, who were the two-time defending champions, were forced to settle for the silver medal.

In a double-header against the Thunderwolves this weekend, the Mustangs’ men’s basketball team was able to defeat Lakehead in the first round.

Second-year forward Daron Leonard scored 29 points in Friday’s 78-69 victory. Co-captain Adam Peaker added to his stellar season with 26 points. Unfortunately, Peaker was injured late in Friday’s game and Leonard sprained his ankle four minutes into play in Saturday’s match.

The Mustangs were unable to score another victory the second time around. Lakehead beat Western 89-79 on Saturday. James Harrison and Adam Ruickbie scored 21 and 20 points respectively for Western in the losing effort.

Both the Western men and women finished second behind Windsor at the Windsor Team Challenge on Saturday. Marni Lee was named Athlete of the Meet for her victories in the 600 metre, 4x200 metre and 4x800 metre relays.

Jackie Bonisteel won a gold in the 1,500 metre. Alanna Boudreau took a gold in the pentathlon, and the women’s 4x800 metre and 4x200 metre brought in gold medals for Western as well.

In the 60 metre, with an automatic Canadian Interuniversity Sport qualifying time of 6.9, Randy McAuley captured a gold medal. Christian Heffernan finished first in the 300 metre, and the men’s 4x200 meter also took a first place victory.

—Alison Stolz



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