Athletics Review: Rowers Set the Water on Fire

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Photos by Ann Fenje, Rob Ducharme and Darin Steinkey


May 3
Rowing
by Susanne Walker-Curry

The SMUS team traveled to the Brentwood International Regatta with 29 athletes competing in 23 events. Brentwood is the largest high school regatta in the North West, with over 1700 athletes participating. SMUS put in a strong performance.

Event

Result

Senior Novice Girls quad, Senior Girls JV quad, Junior Boys coxed quad, Junior Boys double

Gold

Senior Boys single, Senior Novice Girls coxed four

Silver

Junior Boys 72kg coxed four, Senior Girls JV double, Senior Boys JV coxed quad, Junior Boys JV coxed quad

Bronze

In addition, the Senior Girls Single, Senior Girls JV coxed four, Senior Boys 72kg Eight and Junior Boys eight all competed in finals.

Overall, the team finished 13th out of 38 clubs, and third amongst all schools, ahead of established rowing schools such as Shawnigan Lake School, St. Georges, Crofton House, Claremont, Lakeside School and Holy Names Academy from Seattle. Congratulations to the athletes and thanks to all the coaches and the parents for their support.

Our final regatta of the season before selected crews compete at the Canadian Secondary School Championships in Ontario will be the Shawnigan Lake Regatta May 12-13, 2012.

Badminton
by Lizette Greyling

On April 13, the SMUS badminton team competed in the ISA tournament at St George’s. Although we were missing some of our key players, the team did really well and rose to the occasion.

The girls faced their first opponent, York House, and had a solid win of 4 games to 1. The boys were faced with a very challenging opponent, St John’s, and although they fought hard they were unable to secure a win, losing 3-2.

With the boys going into the back draw, the girls went on to face last year’s ISA champions, Crofton House. The girls fought hard, with the scores very close in all games, but couldn’t pull out a win, losing 5-0. The boys also came up a little short, losing 3-2 to Mulgrave.

The girls ended up playing against York House again, winning 3-2 and earning a berth in the semifinals against Mulgrave. The girls exacted a little revenge on the boys’ behalf, taking Mulgrave out 3-2 to secure their spot in the finals against Crofton. Unfortunately, Crofton was too strong and the girls’ finished second.

The teams fought hard and achieved solid results. They play their final league game against Claremont on May 1st and SMUS hosts the playoffs May 7.
It will be an exciting day to see who the best badminton team is on the Island.

Junior Rugby
by Ian Hyde-Lay

It was a busy week for Junior Rugby, with three games on tap.

First, the A team traveled to Oak Bay. The powerhouse Bays lived up to their reputation, running in five first half scores to lead 29-5. The second half was much closer, with SMUS slowly adjusting to the pace of the game and showing some open field play. Three second half scores were a fair reward in what finished a 44-26 scoreline.

For SMUS, hooker Dante Morandin performed well, as did the backrow of Emiliano Sedano, Zach Kahn and David Boroto.

Later in the week, and following a scrum session with Canadian national team props Hubery Buydens and Andrew Tiedemann, the B team traveled to Claremont, contesting a very even encounter before prevailing 24-15. Alex Carrion proved to be a real threat from fullback, while Mac Valentine, Simon Gray, Borja Lopez and Liam Catto also made their presence felt.

Players from both teams then combined for a trip to Collingwood in North Vancouver. In a free flowing match featuring 15 tries, SMUS ended up on top 58-39. While some of the tackling would have left the defensive coordinators scratching their heads, there was no denying that some of the passing and support play was of a high standard.

In an impressive display, right wing Michael Baart helped himself to five tries, four conversions and a penalty goal for a personal tally of 36 points. Halfbacks Simon Gray and Graeme Hyde-Lay launched the backline, centre Max Pollen displayed some outstanding kicking skills, while Saeed Shokoya and Matthew Delgado took advantage of the open conditions to produce some effective rambles.

Next up is a May 1 return match with Oak Bay, and the chance to see if lessons learned a week ago have been taken to heart.

Tennis
by Jamie Prsala

Our SMUS tennis team finished the very short regular season with a convincing 10-1 win over a depleted Lambrick Park squad to propel the team to another undefeated regular season. The team took full advantage of the first good weather of the season, beating Lambrick and then playing some mixed intrasquad exhibition matches. We are also very excited to have a new team member, Chris Chan, who contributed a 6-0 win in the singles match.

Some hard work at practice has led to a new commitment to aggressive net play. With the playoffs just around the corner we are excited to test our game against the competitive teams from Vancouver, Shawnigan and Brentwood in what will be a fun and challenging day at the ISAs!

Senior Girls Soccer
by Nikki Kaufmann

The Senior girls soccer team continued with league and tournament play this week. They had an away game against St. Margaret’s which was an important match to secure points toward the upcoming Island Championships. The SMUS team proved early that they showed up to play as Claudia Wheler scored in the sixth minute. Erin Hope and Allie White also followed with goals before the half to make it 3-0. SMUS didn’t let up in the second half either as Riley Jones and Bairavi Murugakumar scored a goal each to seal a solid 5-0 win and add three points to their league standings.

SMUS hosted the ISA Championships on the weekend and the girls finished with two wins, one tie and one loss to take 5th place overall. In the tie against Shawnigan Lake, Erin Hope was the only goal scorer. No one was able to put SMUS on the board in their 3-0 loss to Crofton House. Meriah Drabkin and Becca Clayton found the back of the net in their 2-0 win against West Point Grey Academy.

In the final game versus York House, SMUS showed excellent team play and dominated the score board in the 4-1 win. Riley Jones, Meriah Drabkin and Rachel Olsen (2) were the goal scorers in the winning effort. The girls have their final league game at home versus PCS.

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