Athletics Review: May 16, 2011

Tennis
The tennis team came second on the Island last week, qualifying for the provincials.

In the round robin, SMUS beat GNS 8-3 and defeated Shawnigan 6-5 in a tight match that came down to a tiebreak in the final set. SMUS went into the playoff as the number one seed in pool B, which meant we faced Lambrick, the number 2 seed from pool A, in the semi-final. We beat them 8-3, but the competition was much closer then that score suggests!

After that, SMUS lost to Brentwood in the final, due to Brentwood’s outstanding play and the SMUS team’s general exhaustion. Some notable performances that helped the team reach provincials include one player coming up after his AP exam to play Shawnigan and winning all his matches and a player with an injured hamstring staying in for his final set and to win in a tiebreaker!

Rowing
The Shawnigan Lake Regatta is the final preparation before selected crews head east for the Canadian Secondary Schools’ Rowing Association championships in Ontario next month. In addition, this regatta acts as a preliminary selection event for athletes hoping to represent BC at the Western Canada Summer Games in August. At the Shawnigan Lake Regatta 2011, SMUS achieved the following results:

First

  • Senior Girls pair (in time trial)
  • Junior Boys four
  • Senior Lightweight girls four
  • Senior Girls JV four

Second

  • Junior Girls four
  • Senior Boys quad
  • Senior Boys JV four

Third

  • Senior Girls four
  • Senior Boys four
  • Senior Boys JV double
  • Senior Girls lightweight single
  • Senior Girls lightweight double
  • Senior Girls double
  • Senior Boys double

Senior Badminton
After finishing league play in fine form, SMUS hosted the Island Championships last Tuesday. The team had momentum on their side, and was hoping that this year would be a repeat of last year’s win. However, the team had to play Claremont short-handed, as doubles specialist Victor Ma was in Ontario with a musical commitment and Monica Lee was sick at the last minute.

When the lineups were announced, SMUS was happy with the matchups, but knew it would take skill and luck to pull off the win. In the early going, Helen Ip and Bryan Yam took critical singles games, putting the sole focus on the boys’ doubles. The team of Robbie Thomas and Frank Chang did their best to battle the strong Claremont boys, but in the end, SMUS came up short. A 6-5 defeat to Claremont was not totally unexpected, but it was not what SMUS was hoping for.

The team then traveled to White Rock to play in the White Rock Tournament on Friday/Saturday. In all the matches, SMUS played with intensity and drive and came on the winning end of more than their fair share of matches. Of note, David Shi, Bryan Yam, Helen Ip, Ethan Lee all played especially well.

SMUS now has one final game remaining. The team must travel back to White Rock on Monday to play in the “Challenge Game”, where Island #2 (SMUS) will face Fraser Valley #3 (Semiahmoo) for the final Provincial Tournament berth. The team feels confident and ready for the challenge, and the best news is that SMUS will have all players available for this epic battle.

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