Athletics Week in Review: April 16

Rowing

On April 12, the SMUS rowing team attended the Maple Bay Regatta, competing against local clubs Maple Bay, Nanaimo and Victoria City in addition to regular school rivals Claremont, Brentwood, Shawnigan and Gulf Islands.

A gorgeous sunny day hinted at favourable conditions, though by lunchtime a gusting wind made racing more challenging. Fortunately, the white caps were soon replaced by smooth water as the regatta got back on schedule.

On the day, SMUS placed 15 crews on the podium, with the Boys 1X, Boys 2X, Boys 4X, Womens 8+, Mens 8+, Lightweight Mens 4X and Novice Mens 8+ collecting gold medals.

The developmental Girls 4X+, Lightweight Men 1X, Novice Boys 4X+ and Lightweight Girls 2X all finished second in their respective races, while the Boys 2X, Lightweight Mens 4X, Lightweight Boys 2X and developmental Boys 8+ placed third.

Overall, it was a successful day of racing. In the team competition, the boys finished first and the girls third. Overall, SMUS placed third.

Congratulations to all the athletes who took part and thanks to the parent support group. The team is next in action April 25-27 at the Brentwood College Regatta in Mill Bay.

Track & Field

The third invitational meet of the Victoria Track and Field competition took place April 9 at Centennial Stadium. Atypically, the weather was actually warm and sunny, which made for a most enjoyable afternoon. Notable efforts from Laura Woods in the Senior Girls 800m and Conrad Chin in the Junior Boys 200m resulted in silver medal finishes, while Megan Harrison and Lisset Cabrera ran strongly to place 5th and 6th in a very competitive Senior Girls 3000m race.

The next meet is set for April 16th, with defending provincial 100m champion Saeed Shokoya scheduled to make his season debut.

Senior Girls Soccer

Thanks to a three goal blitz in the ten minutes immediately before half time, the girls claimed an important 3-0 league win over GNS. Robyn Noel, Colleen Wong and Yasmin Roudsari paced the attack, with Wong and Sam Biberdorf combining in goal for another shutout.

Then in the 24-team UVic Invitational tournament, the team took its opener, dropping Ballenas 1-0 thanks to a Wong penalty kick and solid goalkeeping by both Shinai Sorensen and Anna Mollenhauer. Moving to the championship side of the draw, SMUS then lost 1-0 to Mt. Douglas, controlling play but falling victim to an opposition marker in the first minute.

Then, up against Kelowna, a Wong goal in the 14th minute staked SMUS to a 1-0 lead, but the Owls came back with two of their own to advance 2-1.

Another Okanagan team, Mt. Boucherie, was the next opponent, with SMUS out of the blocks to claim a 3-0 victory. This resulted in another match vs Mt. Douglas. Two goals by Wong and another by Mia Roberts confirmed a 3-1 win.

Throughout the week, the back line of Jenna Dhillon, Sam Colby, Izzy Gudgeon and Ali Murtland performed particularly well, with the last named tournament MVP at UVic. Sisters Flora and Maggie Manson-Blair were also very steady in centre midfield in all the games.

Badminton

Senior badminton players had two very important league games, first hosting Mt. Douglas on April 8. In a very spirited affair, SMUS came out ahead 8-3 thanks to notable performances by Jill Ding, Kyle Tang and Hank Wei.

SMUS then met arch-rival Claremont on April 10. While in previous years the team had never fared particularly well in the Spartans’ gym, a wonderfully balanced effort this time produced a 9-2 victory. Chad Hou, Jessica Jiang and Airlia Hie led the way.

With the wins, SMUS now holds top spot in the league and can solidify its position with more strong play in the coming weeks.

Senior Rugby

Fresh off the Boot Game victory against Oak Bay, a Senior rugby squad entered the Vancouver Island 7s competition on April 13.

Though missing a good number of key performers, the group played reasonably well in compiling a 1-1-2 record. However, losing out on a try countback following a 12-12 draw vs Brentwood meant SMUS just missed out on a top-four finish. Zack Kahn led from the front and registered five tries in the two games he played before sitting out with a bruised thigh. Matt Rud also ran strongly, while others – such as Angus Catto, Warren Marriott, Diego Olivares and Michael Cernucan – took good advantage of the extra playing time on offer.

The full 15-aside team now looks forward to a Thursday, April 17 lunchtime clash with defending AA champion Collingwood. Kickoff is set for 12:30 pm.

Rowing photos by Stephanie Anter.
You can now watch the 2014 Boot Game on SMUSTube!
Download high resolution pictures of the Maple Bay Regatta and Senior girls soccer vs. GNS in the SMUS photo gallery.

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