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Western Mustangs’ “Reading Week” Roundup

Ian Denomme
Gazette Staff

Dave Picard/Gazette
THIS 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 Reading Week.

Men’s Hockey
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.

Women’s Hockey
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.

Women’s Volleyball
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 All-Stars.

Men’s Basketball
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 individual competition.

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.



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