Athletics Review: Racing on Elk Lake


Photos by Ann Fenje

by Susanne Walker-Curry

This past weekend, the SMUS rowing team competed at the 2012 Elk Lake Spring Regatta. It was our first regatta of our spring competitive season on the west coast. The weather did not behave: strong winds cancelled Saturday’s racing. Sunday was a success with less wind, some sun and rain.

Our small team of 27 athletes qualified 11 boats out of a possible 14 into finals with the following results:

  • Gold: Junior A Boys 4X+, Junior B Boys 8+
  • Silver: Junior A Boys 2X
  • Bronze: Junior A Boys 8+, Junior A Boys 4+
  • Fourth: Junior B Boys 2X, Junior A Boys 4+
  • Fifth: Junior A Girls 2X
  • Sixth: Junior A Girls 4X, Junior B Boys 2X and Junior A Girls 4+

It was a great weekend of racing! Congratulations to the entire SMUS Rowing team! Our next racing event will be April 14 at the Maple Bay Regatta, Maple Bay, BC


Senior Rugby
by Ian Hyde-Lay
Rugby has been very much in the forefront of SMUS sporting discussion recently, with the Senior and Junior teams preparing diligently for a March 16 – April 2 tour to Argentina and Uruguay.

To this end, as part of the build-up, the Juniors will host Brentwood in an exhibition match on March 8, while the Seniors meet GNS on March 13.

In addition to SMUS 1st XV captain Jeff Nishima-Miller, fresh from the February Las Vegas U19 Sevens competition as part of the winning BC U18 squad, two alumni have also been making headlines.

First, former school captain Johnny Humphries ’09 has been starting in the backrow for the Melbourne Rebels Academy XV. This is a significant accomplishment, as the academy feeds the senior Rebels, the fully professional outfit that plays in the highly regarded Super 15 competition.

Another former captain, Andrew Crow ’08, recently led the University of Western Ontario to a surprise victory in the CIS National Sevens event, held March 2-3 in Langford. The Mustangs upset the form chart with a thrilling 26-19 semifinal win over heavily-favoured UVic before defeating UBC 19-12 in an equally competitive final.


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