Cross country, swimming and tennis start up this fall

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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The Gazette brings you part two of our fall team preview.

Cross Country
Coming off the heels of a strong 2007 campaign, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will be competing for a top position in Ontario University Athletics competition, as they lose only a handful of players to graduation. The team will be in action as early as this weekend, when they host the Purple and White intra-squad meet at Gibbons Park.

Fencing
The strong individual successes shown at last year’s OUA championship should serve as an indication of what the 2008 fencing team is capable of. Look for solid performances from Andrew Wang and Andrea Csiba on the men’s and women’s side, respectively.

Rowing
After the numerous individual and team successes enjoyed last season, the rowing crew has high expectations for this year’s schedule. The Olympic experience of Cam Sylvester coupled with the return of key veterans on both the men’s and women’s side should ensure another accolade-filled season. The team begins competition Sept. 20, hosting the Head of the Thames regatta at Fanshawe Lake in London.

Swimming
The swim team will miss OUA all-star Ryan Atkison this season, but with the likes of second-year swimmer Hayley Nell, bronze medal winner at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships last season, the squad will remain near the top this year. Head coach Paul Midgley helped the Canadian Olympic team in Beijing this past summer and his wealth of knowledge will keep Western competitive.

Water Polo

Tennis
After claiming OUA silver last year, the men’s tennis team hopes to regain the form that earned a championship banner two years ago. The return of all-star Justin Kates bodes well for the men, as does that of third year female all-star Chantalle Forristal. The team opens its home schedule on Sept. 12 at the Western Tennis Courts.

Water Polo
Last year’s rookie-laden team will be returning to the pool with some much needed experience. After steadily improving throughout the 2007 schedule, the men’s water polo team will look to push for a top three finish in the OUA.

Wrestling
The men’s and women’s wrestling team hope to translate last years strong individual performances into a team medal this year after attaining 12th and fourth place finishes at last year’s CIS championships.

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