The Snow King and Queen
Brad VanderKam may
be a rookie for the men’s swimming team, but through his
accomplishments this year, The Gazette noticed him as the most
outstanding male athlete of the winter season.
Three new Ontario University Athletics records were achieved by
VanderKam in both the men’s 50 metre butterfly and the 100m
butterfly. He also helped create an OUA record in the men’s
4x50m relay, a new event.
VanderKam swam with great determination and speed in order to
be awarded first team All-Canadian honours this year.
When it came down to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships,
VanderKam turned up his skills even more. He was able to bring
home three medals from the CIS finals, including a gold medal in
the 100m butterfly and a bronze in the 50m butterfly. The men’s
4x100m freestyle relay team comprised of VanderKam, Matt Wood,
Aaron Maszko and Ben Hedley also took a bronze.
The Gazette also awarded the hounourable Purple Pipe to this amazing
first-year athlete. We can expect to see some great things for
the team in the future.
Terri McNutt helped the Mustangs’ women’s wrestling
squad capture their second place finish in the Ontario University
Athletics season. McNutt placed first in the 53kg weight category.
McNutt also brought home a silver medal at the Canadian Interuniversity
As team captain for the Mustangs, McNutt displayed an active leadership
style through her numerous successes this season. She was the champion
in her 53kg weight category at the Western Open, the Queen’s
Open and the Toronto Open. She also won a silver medal at the McMaster
Undefeated against all her OUA opponents, McNutt was the favourite
entering the OUA championships, which were held at Western last
The women’s team finished second this year, and much of
the success is accredited to the performances of the team captain,
who is also a two-time Purple Pipe winner with The Gazette.
McNutt also represented Team Canada at the Commonwealth Wrestling
Championship in July 2003.
Wrestling coach Ray Takahashi described McNutt’s best move
as her head and arm throws.