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The Snow King and Queen of Western

Brad VanderKam

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.

—Alison Stolz

Terri McNutt

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 Sport championships.

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 Invitational.

Undefeated against all her OUA opponents, McNutt was the favourite entering the OUA championships, which were held at Western last month.

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.

—Alison Stolz



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