Western Mustangs’ “Reading
IS WHAT THEY CALL “RAISING THE BAR.” It’s
getting on towards the end of the year. Can you really blame
us for losing our knack towards originality?
While Reading Week may have put an end to classes across campus,
Western’s sports teams were still in the thick of action.
Many teams finished their regular seasons or moved into the playoffs.
Here is a roundup of how Mustang teams fared while everyone was “reading” on
The Mustangs’ men’s hockey team finished their regular
season over a week ago with a 5-2 win over the Windsor Lancers.
The win capped off another first place season for the Mustangs.
They finished in first place in the Ontario University Athletics
Far West Division with a 21-3-0 record and captured their fifth
straight division title.
They also received a bye through the first round of the playoffs.
Lakehead University defeated the University of Waterloo in their
playoff series and now face Western in a best-of-three divisional
final. Game 1 is tonight in Thunder Bay and the series returns
to Western on Friday and Saturday, if necessary.
The women’s hockey team didn’t fare quite as well as
the men’s team this season. They finished their season by
splitting a pair of weekend games.
They defeated the Waterloo Warriors 1-0 before falling to second
place Laurier University 5-0. Western was already eliminated from
the playoff race and finished the season with a 6-14-1-1 record.
The OUA wrestling championships were held at Western over the break.
The women’s team took home the silver medal after a close
battle with Brock University, while the men placed fifth.
Terri McNutt won the women’s 53 kg category for the second
straight year. Her victory over Rachel Dean of Lakehead moved the
team into second place. Laura Skopelianos and Jennifer Kryszak
each won silver medals, while Sarah Gil and Jill McCallum won bronze
and all qualified for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships
being held this weekend at Brock.
On the men’s side, Seth Ross and Eric McAlister both took
home silver medals in their divisions and qualified for nationals.
Ian Patton won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division and Jamie
Gillman qualified in the 72 kg category. Both will be going to
nationals as well.
After two straight OUA titles, the Western women’s curling
team had to settle for a bronze medal at the OUA championships
at Waterloo. They lost a close semi-final match to Brock 8-7, but
defeated Laurier in the bronze medal game.
The Western women’s volleyball team was eliminated from the
OUA playoffs, falling to Guelph 25-18, 26-24 and 25-19. Despite
the early exit from the playoffs and a disappointing season, Jill
Pardy and Kyla Simpson were both named first team OUA West Division
The men’s basketball team finished their regular season over
the break, and for the first time since 1977, will not be going
to the playoffs. The Mustangs finished with a 5-17 record after
a 95-91 loss to Waterloo. Senior guard Adam Peaker had 28 points,
while Sagar Desai had 18 in their last game for the Mustangs.
At the OUA championships at Royal Military College, the men’s
epee team won a silver medal, losing a very close decision to the
Queen’s Golden Gaels. Phil Mullin won a bronze medal in the
The women’s epee team, the men’s sabre team, the women’s
sabre team and the men’s foil team all finished sixth.
Track and Field
The OUA championships were held at York University this past weekend.
The men finished second behind the top ranked Windsor Lancers.
Randy McAuley won a gold medal in the 60-metres, Christian Heffernan
won gold in the 300m. McAuley and Heffernan then teamed up with
Gavin McTavish and Preston Haynes to win the 4x400m relay. Mitch
Vermue also won gold in the high jump.
The women’s team won a bronze medal finishing behind the
Universities of Toronto and Windsor. Marnie Lee won gold in the
600m and Shauna Aubry also won the indoor pentathlon.