Athletics Week in Review: April 28

It was a busy and very successful week on the sporting front, with multiple SMUS teams in action.

Track and Field

Ryan Hindson recorded a personal best of 6.01m in the long jump, an effort which suggests he is well on his way to qualifying for the BC meet in early June.

Squash

The squad had several players taking part in the Canadian National Junior Finals in Vancouver. Christian Y. (U15) and Brooke Herring (U17) both finished in fourth place, while Alex B. (U15) placed fifth. Matias Totz, making his first appearance as a U17, and Gosha Iazvenko at U15 level also performed strongly.

Furthermore, Sofia Q. and Aamir Djearam both took part and benefited hugely from the experience.

Tennis

The team traveled to Brentwood College for the Island section of the ISA tournament. The Junior girls won a bronze medal, while the Senior girls, led by Devon M., came second.

On the boys side of the draw, the trio of Carlos Lerma, Noah Garson and Ewan Halliday guided SMUS to a first place Junior boys finish. The Senior boys matched this feat, as Nirov Mehta, Matthias Hoenisch, Lucia Morales and Tony Liu all played splendidly. These results will see the Blue Jags meet mainland champion St. George’s for the full ISA title, while the depth of the team augurs well for the upcoming Island tournament in early May.

Badminton

Behind the scenes, the badminton team has quietly put together a wonderful season. Hosting the ISA tournament, the girls claimed victories over St. John’s and York House, before a narrow defeat to Crofton House in the final. Sonia Sun was named to the All-Star Team. In the boys’ draw, SMUS recorded solid wins over St. John’s, Southpointe and Mulgrave, before then stunning provincially No. 2 ranked St. George’s to take the title. Captain Jake You was an inspiration throughout, while the overall standard of play by both teams was breathtaking.

Next up for the Blue Jags is the City Championships on April 27.

Rugby

The girls rugby team participated in its first ever CAIS 7s tournament, traveling to Ottawa to compete. SMUS certainly left a good impression, with a record of 4-3 and a second-place overall finish to powerful Notre Dame (from Saskatchewan). Chrissa Tromp once again led from the front, tackling ferociously and running miles in support of the ball. Katie Oestreicher, Lucy Zeng and Tate Robinson also put in strong efforts.

After a straightforward league win versus Vic High, the Junior boys then took part in a 7s competition of their own, playing five games as part of the newly minted BC Invitational event. Carlos Lerma, Will Kinahan and Max Nishima were all standouts in a young team that punched above its weight. The group now looks forward to an Alumni Weekend clash with Oak Bay on April 29.

The 1st XV, BC No. 1 ranked in AA, continued its winning ways, riding a hot start and six different try scorers to down Belmont 44-0. A sterner examination awaits April 29 versus Oak Bay, with the coveted “Rees Boot” also up for grabs in what promises to be an enthralling matchup.

Soccer

After a 4-1 league win over St. Andrews, the Senior girls squad took part in the prestigious UVic Invitational tournament. Two superb headers by Taylor Noel staked SMUS to an opening 3-0 victory over Sahali of Kamloops.

The Blue Jags then faced off against Edmonton powerhouse Harry Ainlay, running into a hot goalie and conceding two goals en route to a 4-0 loss. However, the team bounced back immediately to beat LV Rogers of Nelson 1-0 on a Noel penalty kick. Then Sara Cui finished off a sweet passing play to record the only goal in a very even tussle against Stelly’s.

These two wins advanced SMUS to the Tier 1B final against well regarded Okanagan Mission. Noel evened the game at 1-1 in the 54th minute from the penalty spot, but the Blue Jags went on to lose in the ensuing shootout. This result saw the team finish 6th overall of the 24 competing schools.

Huge league games versus Glenlyon Norfolk School and Royal Bay now await.

At the Junior girls level, Jimena Gomez and Margo Leggatt both registered timely goals in a 2-1 victory over Mount Douglas. A subsequent game against league leaders Oak Bay proved a tougher challenge, though the players acquitted themselves well.

Golf

Kings Links and Northview were the sites for the April 24-25 Delta Police Golf event. In blustery wind, with conditions underfoot wet and soft, the majority of players found scoring conditions very tricky. However, Jack Rothwell (75, 76) and Adrian Hof (78, 79) both proved quite steady, as SMUS finished a very respectable 6th out of 20 teams.

Congratulations to Rothwell, who also won a Canadian Junior Golf Association individual event the previous weekend.

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