Athletics Review: September 28, 2008

SMUS Rowing Crew
This past Saturday saw the SMUS Rowing team begin their short 2008 competitive season at the annual high school Crabfest Regatta.

Newcomers to the sport may think that this is a day of celebration of crustaceans with short red tails, but rowers and spectators soon learn that a crab is when an oar becomes stuck in the water because it was not removed in time. For many of the SMUS team, the goal was to be crab-free. With a reduced team due to the Grade 11 outdoor education trips, the rowers showed their force by making six of the finals out of the nine events they entered.

Crabfest Regatta Results

  • Junior Boys 4X: 1st
  • Open Girls 2X:1st
  • Open Boys 2X: 4th
  • Open Novice Girls 8+: 2nd (Our Grade 9 and 10 rowers lost to older students from Oak Bay)
  • Junior Novice Boys 4X+: 2nd (Our Grade 8 boys lost to a crew of Grade 10 boys)
  • Junior Girls 4X: 1st and 2nd

Congratulations to all of the SMUS rowing team for a great day of racing! Their sportsmanship on and off the water and support for each other was inspiring. Their next competition, the 2nd Annual Regatta, is the weekend of October 18th at Elk Lake.

Senior Cross Country
This past Wednesday, the Senior Cross-Country team was at Beaver Lake for their second race of the season. As was the case last week, it was a couple of Junior runners that raised the eyebrows of the coaching staff. Young Austin Smith made his debut in the Grade 10 race and performed admirably, finishing in 5th place. On the girls’ front, it was Laura Simandl who once again stole the show, finishing in 6th in the Grade 10 girls’ race.

The next meet for the team is Thursday, Oct. 2, where the team tackles the gravel and grass at Beacon Hill. Races begin at 4:15 pm.

Junior Girls A Volleyball
The Junior Girls A volleyball squad started their season on a high note, winning five out of six games in exhibition play. In their first game against Lambrick Park, the girls narrowly lost, but came on strong in the second game and won. After that, the girls went undefeated against Parkland and Spencer, with consistent serving and passing ensuring their success.

Nicole Bunyan had several decisive blocks, shutting down big hitters from Lambrick and Parkland. Tanya Rossa’s all-around consistent spiking, passing and overhand serving held the team together. Annie Pike was a formidable foe at the net, intimidating opponents with fierce spiking and overhand serving. Notable digging and backcourt play were put in by Michelle Yim, McKenzie Scott and Musu Ofosu, who were never satisfied to let the ball hit the floor.

New players to the team – Hannah Furness, Martika Rodgers, Ali Pollen, Isailah Johnson-Ferguson, Ashton Louie and Christina Clemente – all showed excellent play and inspire hope of a successful season to come.

Grade 8 Rugby
The Grade 8 rugby began their ISA season this past Saturday, playing host to a much larger and currently more athletic team from St. George’s. Though the score-line was not in their favour, the team never stopped trying and showed signs much promise in the first 10 minutes of play. With six weeks until the rematch game at St. George’s, the team will be able to work on strategy and skill and a far closer game is expected. Players worth mentioning for their promising play included hooker Alex Kinihan, prop Marcus Lelweski and fullback Dawit Workie. Next Saturday, the team travels in the afternoon to Shawnigan Lake School for the first of two games against Shawnigan.

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