Athletics Week in Review: April 19

Spring term athletics hit high gear in the past couple of weeks, with numerous SMUS teams in action.

Soccer

Girls soccer, at both Senior and Junior level, faced the usual crush of games, with both teams busy in league action and at the ISA Tournament.

The highly regarded Senior girls squad ground its way through eight games, scoring 37 goals and conceding only two in seven wins. The only blot on a perfect start to the campaign was a 1-0 defeat in the ISA final to Glenlyon Norfolk Scool.

Maia Watson, Gabby Freer, Zoe Lott, Maggie Manson-Blair and goalkeeper Anna Mollenhauer have all been in good form. Stronger challenges await the team at the April 21-22 UVic Invitational.

The Junior girls navigated an equally demanding schedule. Cordel Tromp, Kenzi Farish and Ellie Ross spearheaded a bronze medal ISA finish before the team dropped narrow one goal league games to powerful Stelly’s and Reynolds.

Rugby

Middle School boys spring 7-aside rugby began this past week with three teams playing games against schools in the Greater Victoria area. The Grade 7/8 under 160lbs team traveled to North Saanich, playing well and coming away with a solid win. The Grade 6/7 under 100lbs team hosted Cedar Hill and Lansdowne, with all 12 players showing improvement in their play with newcomers Kyle S. and Raegan V. helping to lead the way. The Grade 6/7 under 130lbs team begin their games this week hosting Bayside and Central.

At the Senior School, the Junior boys began league play with a 52-22 victory over Belmont, before falling to St. George’s in an exhibition match. The Grade 9-dominated lineup, sparked by Max Nishima, Carlos Lerma, Ben Shaw and Will Kinahan, has played with great energy. Jin Woo Park has run strongly from the No. 8 position, scoring several fine tries in the process.

At the Senior boys level, the 2nd XV, led by fly-half Harry Shaw and lock Kason Grewal, defeated Ladysmith in an entertaining game. The 1st XV, ranked No. 1 in the B.C. AA polls, first defeated No. 4 Brentwood 25-10 before traveling to the mainland to take on No. 3 Rockridge. Making light of cold, wet conditions at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium, Dennis Siegrist opened the Blue Jags’ account after just 20 seconds. A brace of Felix Butterfield tries and a solo from Sam Kahn completed the scoring.

Then, in league action, SMUS took out a gritty Claremont side 45-17. Fly-half Jasper Bosley has continued his fine play, while flanker Bryn Haydock helped himself to a hat trick.

Next up is league action at much improved Belmont. Hopefully, captain Quinn Ngawati, who has just completed a stint with the Canadian U19 side in Wales, will be available for selection.

The girls team enjoyed two more outings, first at an Invitational 7s event at Brentwood. Following spirited efforts against Cowichan and Oak Bay, SMUS then recorded a fine 15-10 victory over the hosts. Next up came a home game versus Queen Margaret’s School. All the players improved steadily each time on the field, with Jimena Gomez, Chrissa Tromp and Julia Henry performing particularly well.

Rowing

Kristin Gage and Meg Montgomery took part in the Western Canada Spring trials at Burnaby Lake, claiming third in the Junior A Women’s pair.

Other members of the squad competed in the Maple Bay Regatta, with several crews registering podium finishes. Congratulations to the Junior B Mens quad (Nathan Yang, Matthew Cormie, Matthew Jaffey, Liam Hodgins, cox Anna Considine), which won gold. The Junior B Men’s and B Women’s 8s, the Junior B Women’s 4 and the Junior B Men’s single all finished second in their respective races.

Finally, the Junior A Mens double and the Junior B Mens quad captured bronze medals.

Next up is the Brentwood Regatta on April 28-30.

Track & Field

Over the course of two competitions, SMUS athletes have performed extremely well. Chrissa Tromp captured the 1500m (5:18.6) and Nathan Von Hagen the triple jump (11.84m). At the Junior level, Jenna Sedgwick won the Grade 9 girls shot (8.83), Tristan Kuhn placed first in the javelin (30.65m), Cordel Tromp won the 400m (1:06.67), Danae Gendall the 100m (13.69) and Izzy Champion ran wonderfully to claim the 800m (2:23.79). Angelina Shandro recorded three gold medal performances in the 100m (12.42), 200m (25.87) and 400m (57.87).

The rest of the spring sports kick into gear this week, with tennis, golf, sailing and badminton all on the docket.

On the alumni front, kudos to 2010 grads Mike Fuailefau and Luke McCloskey who both played a significant role in Canada’s thrilling triumph at the Singapore Sevens this past weekend. In the medal round, Canada took out New Zealand, England and then USA in three dramatic contests. The tournament win was the first for the national team in 140 events, dating back to the start of this international rugby series some 15 years ago.

Vivat!

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