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The Western women’s synchro team won their first national championship in over a decade last weekend in Toronto.

The team competed in the Canadian University Synchro Swim League Championships (CUSSL) and emerged victorious in a close finish ahead of McGill and Queen’s Universities. They took home the Gerry Dubrule Trophy as best overall university.

The Senior Free Team of Leah Boody, Anna Brackley, Sonya Clark, Lindsay Duncan, Larissa Kelland, Brittany Laroche, Lindsay Mathew, Julia McKay, Kelly McKay and Tery Pearce won gold and the John Drake Trophy for top individual team, swimming an energetic, fast paced routine to Bon Jovi.

Julia and Kelly McKay also won gold in the Senior Duet Free competition, and were followed by silver medalists Duncan and Pearce. Andrea Cziffer won a bronze medal in the Novice Free Solo.

Western’s history of synchronized swimming goes back to 1949. However, in 2001 the event lost its Ontario University Athletics status due to funding cutbacks. The team now competes in the CUSSL along with 10 other universities.

The Mustangs’ women’s basketball team improved to 15-5 and clinched the West Division title this weekend after splitting a weekend series with the Lakehead Thunderwolves (5-15). Rebecca McColl scored 27 points in Saturday’s 66-61 win, which came on the heels of a 64-63 loss to the Thunderwolves on Friday night.

Next up for the Mustangs is a game against Waterloo on Saturday at Alumni Hall at 12 p.m.. Western will host the West semi-finals on Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Mustangs fell to the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday 3-2. Western’s Jillian Cochrane and Lindsay Leonard scored in the losing effort.

—Ian Denomme



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