Swimming, curling bring home three OUA medals

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Felix Li high jumping

Laura Barclay

BRINGING A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO ‘BAR HOPPING.’ Felix Li of the Mustangs track team clears the bar during a high jump run earlier this year. Many team members travelled to Notre Dame last weekend, where they participated in the Meyo Invitational NCAA track meet.

The Mustangs men’s and women’s curling teams swept the Ontario University Athletics finals this past weekend in Peterborough, Ontario.

The men pulled off an impressive 6-4 victory over the defending champion Laurier Golden Hawks, while the women’s team embarrassed the Laurentian Lady Vees 8-3.

With the wins, both teams will be heading to Montreal March 25 to 29 to compete in the Canadian University Curling Championships.

In the pool, the Mustangs swimming teams brought home gold and silver Ontario University Athletics team titles after giving strong performances at the championship meet hosted by the University of Ottawa.

The women’s team " led by Hayley Nell " put an end to the University of Toronto’s eight year reign as champions, finishing with 941.5 points, compared to Toronto’s 842.5. Nell’s four gold medal performance earned her Female Swimmer of the Meet honours.

On the men’s side, the Mustangs secured the silver, second only to U of T " who ran away with the competition " scoring 906 points, compared to Westerns 588.

In track and field action, 20 members of the team headed to South Bend, Indiana to compete in the Meyo Invitational meet, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

Jason Kerr posted a personal best time of 6.80 in the 60-metre dash, giving him fourth place in a final group of top NCAA athletes.

Other personal and seasons bests were achieved by the men’s 4x400 relay team, Kyle O’Neill (3000m), Mila Simulik and Alicia Smith (triple jump), Jen Ricks (500m), Matt Middleton (60m), Eme Ukwuoma (300m), Lisa Grieve (300m), Johanna Shenstone (800m), Lorelle Convery (3000m), Mei Lui (400m), Erin Fox (3000m) and Stephanie Van Veen (3000m).

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