The last week of sport for the 2016-2017 school year took place May 29 to June 4, with track and field, rugby, rowing, soccer and badminton on the docket.
The top ranked SMUS 1st XV traveled to Abbotsford for the B.C. AA tournament, looking to secure a third-consecutive provincial banner and, in the process, complete an unbeaten season.
The team negotiated its opening matches versus Nanaimo and McMath without undue difficulty, setting up a third encounter with Brentwood in the championship match.
Producing their best performance of the season, the Blue Jags, behind a swarming defence, clinical tactics at the breakdown and timely scoring, led 14-0 at the half. The second try, featuring a brilliant Felix Butterfield offload to Quinn Ngawati, was worth waiting a term to see.
In the second half, SMUS extended its lead to 24-0 before Brentwood managed two late consolation scores. In the end, the Blue Jags managed to hold their lead and win the provincial AA title. Congratulations to all the players on a wonderful achievement!
On the girls rugby side, the 7s group, though shorthanded due to players at B.C. championships with other school teams, took part in the City finals. SMUS won two of their four matches, losing only to eventual finalists Oak Bay and Belmont. The team finished 9th place overall and captured the bronze cup.
Jimena Gomez (11 tries) and Fernanda Corcuera both played extremely well, while Katie Oestreicher’s last appearances in school colours were marked by her trademark aggression, strength and fitness.
Many of our rowers ventured to St. Catharines, Ontario for the 72nd edition of the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (CSSRA) Championship. Some 2,100 athletes from 125 schools from across Canada and the United States took part.
SMUS was very well represented by all the rowers who competed over three days in rain and shifting winds. Meg Montgomery and Kristin Gage completed a solid season by placing fifth in a highly competitive Senior Women’s 2X race.
However, pride of place goes to the Junior Men’s 4+, with Matthew Cormie, Liam Hodgins, Matthew Jaffey, Nathan Yang and cox Anna Considine capping a wonderful season with a bronze medal. Then, the Junior Girls 4+ went one better, as Terra Rolfe, Jocelyn Baker, Susan Gao, Radha Raina and cox Naomi Tung claimed silver. Congratulations!
Track and Field
At the provincial meet, held in Langley, 16 SMUS athletes participated in 25 events, producing 15 personal bests and five podium finishes.
Kudos to Angelina Shandro, who won the Junior girls 400m in a record time of 56.22, and then won a second gold medal in the 200m and earned a bronze in the 100m. Along with Izzy Champion, Ella Chin and Cordel Tromp, she added a further bronze medal in the 4x400m relay.
Kenzi Farish recorded a personal best of 10.69m to earn a silver medal in the triple jump, as SMUS finished 3rd overall in the Junior girls standings.
Senior Chrissa Tromp likewise produced personal bests in the 1500m and 3000m races, while both Ryan Hindson and Nathan Von Hagen, in the long and triple jump events, performed solidly. The latter pair, along with Josh Benjamin and Aidan Kerr then ran an excellent 4x100m relay (46.65).
SMUS journeyed to the mainland as the Island No. 1 seed, but had a hard slog through a pool that included provincial powers Steveston-London, Pinetree and Vancouver College/Little Flower Academy. However, behind the play of tournament all-star Theo Wu, the team bounced back on the second day of competition, reaching the consolation final before bowing out to Sir Winston Churchill.
After an arduous trek to Nelson, the Senior girls team opened their provincial AA tournament with a 1-0 defeat to host LV Rogers. A scoreless draw followed against tournament top seed DW Poppy, before SMUS dumped Nechako Valley.
Having just missed qualification for the Final Four, the Blue Jags then turned in their best game of the season, beating St. Thomas Aquinas 2-0 in extra time, thanks to excellent goals by Zoe Lott and Elise Lincoln. In their final match, the team claimed a very respectable fifth place finish by virtue of a Taylor Noel header and a 1-0 win over Little Flower Academy.
(Rowing photo courtesy of CSSRA/Facebook)