Athletics Review: November 18, 2007

Swimming

Three SMUS swimmers qualified for the Swimming Provincial Championships, which were held at Sannich Commonwealth Place last weekend. Jeremy Bagshaw made the finals in four events and became the provincial champion in the 100m freestyle. He also took 5th in the 100m backstroke, 3rd in the 200m individual medley, and 2nd in the 50m freestyle. On the girls’ side, Raquel Solmer was in the 100m breaststroke event and finished in 3rd place in the consolation round. Vanessa Loewen was in the 100m backstroke event, and made the finals and finished as 5th in the province. Mr. Hunt would like to congratulate all the swimmers and thank them for representing their school and swim club with pride.

Senior Girls Volleyball

The Senior Girls volleyball team spent the weekend at Woodlands Secondary School in Nanaimo for the Island Championships. The team had just come off a huge win at the City Championships last week, so the expectations were large. The team needed a 3rd place finish at the tournament to qualify for provincials. After a solid showing on the first day, the team finished second in their pool. This result guaranteed SMUS a top four finish, and also set up a Saturday morning game against Brentwood. In the game, the team played very well, but came up slightly short. Up against Shawnigan in their final game of the tournament, the team lost narrowly. An unfortunate end to a strong season, as the team had certainly played well enough to get to provincials previously.

Thanks to Ms. Fenneman and the Senior Girls volleyball team for an outstanding season.

Junior Boys Rugby

The Grade 10 rugby team was at Oak Bay last Thursday in their City Championships. In the rainy conditions, the team played stellar defence and surrendered not one point in the game. A 29-0 win for the boys was sweet justice for the efforts that they all put forth. For his feisty play at the front line, captain Won Jin Kim was highlighted as having an outstanding game. SMUS has now won this City Championship four years running.

This week, the team is off to Shawnigan to play in the Island Championship, where the team is going in as the 2nd strongest team. The tournament goes November 22-24.

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