End-of-season highlights

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Though varsity athletics have wrapped up, a few squads recently made splashes at nationals while others received all-star nods. Here’s the latest in Mustangs action:

In fencing, Mustang Andrea Csiba placed third in the women’s épée at the London Heroes fencing tournament. Kathryn Skelton placed second in women’s sabre and Vas Economopoulos and Heather Baynham tied for third. Nancy Quinn earned a personal best 5-1 win in women’s foil.

On the men’s side, Eduardo Silva placed sixth in the sabre, while Andrew Way fenced foil in his first open competition and lost 15-14 in the direct elimination round.

Women’s rugby coach Natascha Wesch was named one of seven women of excellence by the YMCA at the end of February. Wesch won for the Sport, Fitness and Recreation category.

Women’s basketball coach Stephan Barrie’s contract has been renewed after a successful first season as head coach. Barrie guided a team of first and second-year players to a 17-5 record and a first-round bye in the Ontario University Athletics playoffs.

After wrapping up their season in late February, Mustangs hockey standouts Sal Peralta and Chris Eade were named OUA West division all-stars. Peralta led Western in scoring with 19 goals and 16 helpers. Eade scored eight goals and 19 assists.

Hoops star Amanda Anderson was named a second-team All-Canadian by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. She averaged 14.9 points per game this season.

The track and field team earned nine medals at the recent CIS Track and Field national championships. Medallists included the men’s 4x400-metre relay team of Randy McAuley, Tarek El Morsey, Abdul Zubair and Miguel Wason, who brought home gold, and Heather Patterson, who nabbed silver in weight throw and shot-put.

The men’s swimming team finished 12th at the CIS championship in February. The women’s team finished 16th. First-year swimmer Bryn Jones paced the ’Stangs with two fourth-place showings and a sixth-place finish.

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