Athletics Week in Review: June 10

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With students gearing up for exams, there was still time for a few final athletic events, with a thoroughly enjoyable 5-aside barefoot soccer tournament running over the lunch break throughout the week.

Rowing

The 69th Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (CSSRA) Championships were held June 5-8 at the Royal Canadian Henley in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Thirty SMUS rowers competed in 12 events, reaching six finals and recording one bronze and two gold medals.

In a thrilling Senior Women’s 8+ race, the crew of Brynn Cathrea, Kate Laumann-Wallace, Charlie White, Sage Friswell, Julianna Wong, Natalie Blecha, Dayna Fitzgerald, and Chloe White performed superbly to edge out Brentwood by 1.28 seconds.

Cathrea, Laumann-Wallace and Blecha, along with Julianna Wong and Patti Ye then also won the 63kg 4+, dominating the competition by more than 10 seconds to top the podium. Welsford, White, White, Friswell and Fitzgerald claimed a bronze medal in the Senior 63kg 4+, missing out on a silver medal by the narrowest of margins.

Andrew Williams and Brody Clement-Thorne finished fourth in the Senior 72kg 2X, as did the Senior 66kg 4+ featuring Katie McAulay, John Throne, Connor Fenton, Max Yong and David Cunningham. The Junior Boys 8+ also rowed exceptionally well, recording a 5th place finish.

Coach Susanne Walker-Curry, while very proud of the medalists, paid equal tribute to the entire team, noting “several other very fine efforts, in a high quality regatta featuring 122 schools. Particular thanks to all the Senior rowers for their dedication and leadership.”

For more on the CSSRA Championships, check out the SMUS Rowing Parents Twitter feed: @smuscrew

Cricket

The SMUS 1st XI Cricket team made light of its youth and inexperience to run the staff team much closer than anticipated. On a lovely summer’s afternoon, with a carnival atmosphere in front of Wenman Pavilion, the students batted first and, in their allotted sixteen overs, scored 80. Jamison Schulz-Franco and Ben Edwards shared a solid third wicket partnership of 31 runs with Sean Lider also contributing with some solid shots. David Kerr, with 3 wickets for 16 runs, was the pick of the staff bowlers.

After a slow start, the staff, behind Kerr, Steve Bates and Bob Snowden, eventually passed the school total with nine balls remaining. Pride of place went to Edwards, who captured the prized wicket of Eliot Anderson.

Sailing

The SMUS sailing team competed in the Vancouver Island High Schools Regatta at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Led by Jasper Johnston, who had three first place finishes, the group finished in 3rd place overall after a very competitive day in ideal conditions.

Beach Volleyball

Congratulations to Jessa McElderry and Beta Willeboordse who travelled to Parksville to compete in the High School Beach Volleyball Open, claiming a silver medal in their tier. While Willeboordse, as evidenced by her consistent play, is a veteran beach player, McElderry is new to the sport. She stepped up and performed impressively against the older and more experienced opponents.

The 2013-2014 sporting year comes to a close Monday, June 16 with the Senior School Athletic Banquet.

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