Athletics Review: April 26, 2009

The SMUS rowing team was up at Brentwood International Regatta this weekend, the largest athletic event hosted by a single high school. Crews from all over BC and the United States competed – it was a very exciting regatta and the SMUS team had some fantastic results.

Our team of 11 athletes entered eight events and made finals for six of these events. We medaled in every final we raced. The crew handled the long days (26 hours over 2 1/2 days) and changing weather (Friday started with a 5 hour wind delay). Brentwood International Regatta is the largest regatta of the season, with over 1500 athletes racing for 50 event titles (900 entries making 170 races).

Here are the results:

  • Junior A Womens JV 4x+ (coxed quad): Mickey Aylard, Lexi McColl, Sydney Stockus, Rachel Ellis and Chris Fenje(cox). Came first in their heat but then couldn’t race in the final because the final time was too close to the 8+ (eight) final.
  • Junior A Mens 1x (single): Maxim Ellison was racing up an age category (he is a Junior B) and he placed 4th in his heat of 6.
  • Junior B Mens 2X (double): Maxim Ellison and Mickey Aylard did not get a chance to race due to weather delays.
  • Junior A Womens 1x: Liz Fenje and Maryann Watson raced in separate heats and both placed first in their heats. Due to entry restrictions, Maryann was racing exhibition so did not go through to the final, but Liz went on to win the silver medal!
  • Junior A Mens JV 2x (double): Jon Cunningham and Maxim Ellison came 2nd in their heat to qualify for finals and then won the bronze medal in their final, not far off the silver!
  • Junior A JV Womens 4+ (coxed four): Caryn Dooner, Lexi McColl, Sydney
    , Jessica Spoor and Chris Fenje (cox) came first in their heat and then got the bronze medal in their final, in which they were the only Canadian crew.
  • Junior A Womens 2x (double): Liz Fenje and Maryann Watson came first in their heat and then raced a very close final, racing through the crew in front of them to won the gold medal by 0.16 of a second.
  • Junior A Womens School 8+ (eight): Liz Fenje, Maryann Watson, Mickey Aylard, Lexi McColl, Cary Dooner, Rachel Ellis, Sydney Stockus, Jess Spoor and Chris Fenje(cox).

All the girls on the team came together and rowed an eight this weekend. They beat Shawnigan school to come first in their heat and competed in the final on a very windy and wavy Saturday. It was a close race with Brentwood, but the girls won gold.

Another small group of SMUS athletes were competing for Victoria City Rowers at the Brentwood Regatta. Here are their results:

  • Varsity Four: Sean Wiggins and Alicia Pawluk – named the fastest team from Canada.
  • Junior Varsity Four: Alicia Pawluk raced in the Junior Varsity Four and Junior Varsity Eight; she won a bronze medal in the four.
  • Novice Four: Alicia Pawluk won a silver medal, once again becoming the fastest Canadian crew.
  • Varsity Eight: Scott Swinkles and Sean Wiggins pulled to a third place finish in the Petit Final.
  • Varsity Quad: Scott Swinkles finished fourth.

Middle School rowing crew, Erynn Pawluk, Taylor Ellison, Liam Hyatt, Luke Friswell won the Junior C (Grades 7-8) Quad, by having the fastest time of all crews entered. They also raced in the Junior A (Grade 11-12) Third Varsity 4+, and made the final, placing fifth overall.

Senior Boys Rugby
With the disappointments of Shawnigan and Blue Mountain receding in the distance, the Senior Rugby group turned its focus to an April 23 away set of matches up Island, with the 2nd XV battling Cowichan while the 1st XV took on Ladysmith.

In the 2nd XV encounter, SMUS suffered a disastrous five minute spell immediately prior to half time, with a hooked clearance kick and two missed tackles allowing Cowichan two scores en route to a 12-7 lead. Another error, this time on the opposing goal line midway through the second half, gifted another seven points, before a frantic finish saw Steven Meng over for a fine tally. Down 19-14, SMUS pounded away at the Cowichan line as the clock moved towards 70 minutes, but a hold up in goal decision and one last knock-on meant only a measly losing bonus point and not a deserved victory.

Centre Rory Latimer ran strongly in the midfield, while props Justin Wong and Mike Zhou were also prominent. Flyhalf Conor Mackenzie capped a fine team move with the game’s first try and also added two well struck converts.

The 1st XV, mindful of Ladysmith’s thoroughly merited win some weeks ago at Oak Bay, did not take the Blues lightly. Alex Harvey opened in the crucial flyhalf position, with centre Jure Erlic shifting outwards to the left wing.

Despite a dodgy start, some lovely SMUS play, featuring forwards and backs, soon produced a try for lock Chad Margolus. This was a portent of things to come. Indeed, in a fine overall display, the entire team showcased some impressive 15-man rugby, with a further nine tries and five conversions added to the ledger in a comprehensive 60-3 victory.

Margolus (2), Mike Fuailefau (2), Tom Bridger (1), Marc van der Wal (1), Luke McCloskey (2), Sasha Gray (1) and John Humphries (1) all crossed the line for tallies, with Bridger (3) and Charlie Southwell (2) combining for five conversions.

With the win, SMUS regained its AAA provincial #3 ranking, and can look forward to a mouth-watering April 28 clash at #2 St. Georges.

Senior Girls Soccer
The girls finished league play this week and will now have a much needed rest before ISAs and the Island Tournament.

Monday, the girls faced off against rival GNS. This was a fast-paced game with both teams battling hard. Chances were had at both ends of the field but in the end neither team could put one in the net. At full-time the score remained in a 0-0 deadlock. Our best scoring opportunity came on a free kick, by Lauren Kipp, that was dipping nicely but just skimmed the crossbar.

Tuesday had Vic High visiting the school for our penultimate league game. The girls started slow against the less-skilled Vic High squad, but a goal from Lisa Evans injected a much needed boost and the girls picked up the pace to play like the skilled team they are. Lisa Evans notched three more goals in the first half to finish with a four-goal game. Early in the second half, Samm Dark hit a screamer from just outside the 18 yard box for a 6-0 final score.

Thursday proved to be the biggest game of the season. Against Parkland, who only had one loss to date, a win for either side meant winning the league. We had another slow start and Parkland scored a sloppy goal midway through the first half. The second half was a totally different game. The girls were battling for every ball and held possession for the remainder of the game, only allowing Parkland in our half twice. Unfortunately, no one scored, although we had numerous chances at net, and the game ended in a 0-1 defeat.

With the defeat, we ended up in 4th place in the A/AA league. In AA standings, we finished 3rd and will head to Mark Isfeld in Courtenay on May 11th as South #3 at the Island tournament.

Track and Field
Track and field season continued up at UVic’s Centennial Stadium this past week with meet #4. Hanna Leoffler placed 2nd (4.44m) in the senior girls long jump. Leo Marchand raced to a 4th place finish in the Senior Boys 1500m. Jocelyn Stedman finished in 7th place in the Junior Girls 1500m and James Mather placed 7th in the Junior Boys 400m.

The SMUS tennis team finished off the regular season with two wins, against GNS and Esquimalt and one loss, against Lambrick. The team now looks forward to the City Tournament, starting Monday with a match against GNS for a spot in the City Final and qualification to the Island Tournament. The team won 10-1 over Esquimalt on Wednesday, with the only loss coming in a close tie-breaker.

This past weekend, SMUS played in the Franco Biondo Memorial Tournament held at Shawnigan Lake. SMUS began play by squeaking out a 6-5 win over Claremont, with a thrilling 6-5 tie-break win by Celine Lo and Victor Shang, who also won his boys singles match 6-1. The team of Guillermo Rosique and Alex Preis won both their matches 6-3 and 6-5 respectively, while the team of Justus Koenigs and Ross Prager won their match 6-2. The team of Priya Mulgoankar and McKenzie Scott lost two tight matches while Sammy Davis and Rachel Wong were able to pull off a 6-2 win in their reverse doubles.

On Saturday, the team travelled to Shawnigan to play Terry Fox of Port Coquitlam and Shawnigan Lake. Both Guillermo Rosique and Paula Weech were in tough in singles and fought hard, but dropped their matches 1-6 and 0-6. Ross Prager and Celine Lo were not able to challenge the strong mixed doubles pairing and dropped their match 1-6. However, Justus Koenigs and Philip Petranek easily handled their opponents, defeating them 6-0 and 6-1. Marian Pho-Duc and Alex Preis played two tie-breaks, winning one but dropping the other. Both starting doubles teams, Sammy Davis and Rachel Wong, and Priya Mulgoankar and McKenzie Scott, won their opening matches 6-3. However, the pairings of Rachel Wong and Ariel Sorley /McKenzie Scott and Nicole Bainov, were unable to defeat the strong Terry Fox pairings and lost 3-6 and 1-6.

The team’s final match was against a strong Shawnigan Lake squad. Justus Koenigs and Paula Weech played some excellent tennis, winning their singles 6-4 and 6-2, and then pairing up for mixed doubles and winning 6-3. Priya Mulgoankar and McKenzie Scott were able to take Shawnigan Lake to tie-break, losing 5-6 and 5-7 in the tiebreak, and Sammy Davis and Rachel Wong played a tough match going down 4-6. Unfortunately, the boys team did not have a strong showing against Shawnigan and dropped all their matches.

SMUS finished the tournament 3rd out of the 4 teams, and takes some confidence from the tournament into their next city playoffs, which begin Monday against GNS at Carnarvon.

Junior Girls Soccer
This was a busy and important week for the Junior girls A soccer team. On Tuesday, the Jags had a tough game against Lambrick Park, in which they needed to secure a win in order to make the City Championships. The girls started off with incredible intensity and were able to score a goal within the first few minutes of the game. Mary Lapp provided a beautiful cross into the six-yard box where Cliona Quail-Bradley sprinted in to bury it into the back of the net. Lapp also managed to secure herself a spectacular goal before the first half finished. Christina Chwyl scored her first goal of the season with a solid shot from outside the box. All players worked hard to keep the ball away from our end, but goalie Shelby Knudsen still saved some important shots, one including a cross-goal dive which earned her a shut-out. Lambrick battled hard but were no match for the Jags who were determined to continue their season, with a final score of 3-0.

On Saturday, the Jags hosted the Junior Girls Soccer ISA Tournament. In the first game, SMUS faced Shawnigan Lake School. In striker Laura Simandl’s debut game (as she has been injured for the season), she came out strong and laid a shot into the net in the first five minutes of the game. SLS came back to tie the game late in the second half off a direct free kick. Both teams battled back and forth, but in the last ten minutes of the game the Jags were able to secure a 2-1 win from a corner kick which pushed in by Mary Lapp.

In their second game, SMUS faced West Point Grey Academy. Emma Ronning-Philip scored the first goal of the game from a great pass from captain Maddy Petersen. The second goal was a brilliant pass from Cliona Quail-Bradley across the goal line where Cortney Ewonus was able to tap it in giving the goalie no chance. It was a full team effort and the Jags were able to win the game 2-0.

The intensity in in the SMUS vs. York House game was the highest yet, as the two teams battled for medal placement. Team captain Teryl Noble, in the centre midfield, hit a solid free kick near the post, which Cliona Quail-Bradley was able to volley into the net on her first touch. Noble scored a beautiful goal following this, eluding the defenders to get a solid shot off. The Jags gained momentum following their 2-0 lead. Maddy Petersen laid off a beautiful pass to Cortney Ewonus who fired it in and then managed to score another goal a few minutes after her first. The Jags led the game 4-0 at half time. York House was not ready to accept defeat and came back early in the second half and scored two goals.

SMUS retaliated by scoring another goal (Teryl Noble) putting the score at 5-2. Both teams battled hard until the end of them game, with each team scoring another goal each. The final goal of the tournament went to Laura Simandl, who had consistently solid shots. This was a very high scoring game with a final score of 6-3 for the Jags. This secured the Jags first place in this tournament, a first place medal for each player, and a large trophy to showcase for the year!

Well done to all players and thank you to a few of the B team players who were able to assist in this tournament: Alexis Thind, Ali Pollen, and Shade Souc. The team played their best soccer of the season this weekend which will provide some momentum going into the City Finals this week. The Jags face the top ranked Claremont Spartans on Tuesday at Lochside Park.

Middle School Rugby
The Grade 7/8 lights team began the weeks play on Monday with a trip to Bayside, who proved too strong. Top performers on the day were scrumhalf/flyhalves Keenan Manhas and Chris Bjola, and centres Colton Stockus and Clarence Choy.

The Grade 6 team played games on Tuesday against Colquitz and Lansdowne. Two sound wins were produced but more importantly, all players continued to show great development, with Nic Loughton, Kieran Large, Simon Gray and Graeme Hyde-Lay leading the way on the day.

The Grade 6/7 under-135lb team travelled to Monterey on Wednesday to play two games. The first was against Cedar Hill and the players put together some flowing expansive rugby to win. Next, our team faced was the Monterey Grade 7 under-135lb side. The Monterey’s strong runners were too much on the day, despite the efforts of some superb tackling by wing Sean MacArthur, with able assistance from centre/fullback Jacob Wilson-Potter, and flyhalf Zach Khan.

The Grade 7/8 heavies travelled to Royal Oak on Thursday. After a slow start, the team came back scoring a number of long range tries. Leading performers on the day were flyhalf Dave Pollen, prop/hooker Alex Campbell, and prop Marcus Lelewski, who is now coming into form. Grade 7 player Abrahim Kharaghani is also developing well.

The Grade 7/8 lights open the next action on Monday April 27th away at Colquitz where they will also face Lansdowne. Wednesday April 29th sees both the Grade 6 and Grade 7/8 heavies at SMUS, with the Grade 6 squad hosting Glanford, and the heavies hosting Monterey in what will be a match between two of the top sides in the competition. Also that day, the Grade 6/7 team goes to Lansdowne to play Shoreline. The Grade 7/8 lights finish the week on Thursday April 30th hosting both Glandford and Bayside.


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