March proved to be a most exciting period for Brooke Herring, as SMUS’s top-ranked squash player traveled to Japan. Once there, she won two Senior women’s tournaments and then the national Junior Open!
Following this latter victory, Japanese officials requested that she represent Japan at a gala ceremony designed to promote squash’s inclusion as an Olympic sport.
To cap a highly successful month, Brooke was offered and accepted a full squash scholarship to Drexel University. Congratulations!
Otherwise, third-term athletics are underway, with multiple teams jumping straight into action on return from spring break.
Track and Field
The team competed April 4 in its first meet of the season, performing well in challenging weather conditions. Grade 9 standouts included Lauren Randall-Guy, who won the 400m (63.08) and javelin (16.57) events. Elle Nelson took the 800m (2.56.95), while Kyle Stenberg did likewise in the 80m hurdles (18.96). Grade 10 Jenna Sedgwick placed first in the Junior girls shot put (8.35), while, at Senior level, Cordel Tromp captured the 200m (30.27) and placed second in the 100m (14.09). Good luck to all competitors in their next meet on April 11.
The Senior girls opened their 7s campaign with two fine victories, first accounting for Mount Douglas 10-5 before upending Stelly’s 22-0. Julia Henry, Catharina Commichau and Nadine Reis each contributed some exciting runs, while newcomer Janet Enge helped herself to two tries.
Others who shone were Tate Robinson, Jordan Stonehouse, Jessica Lineham, Morgan Warner and Kiri Ngawati. The latter in particular put in several dominant tackles.
This week sees a busy schedule, with exhibitions at Esquimalt and Claremont before a home series at SMUS.
On the boys side, the Junior boys performed very bravely against a Ladysmith Senior XV, ending up on the wrong end of a 26-19 scoreline but showing a good deal of promise. Tour standouts Will Kinahan, Max Nishima and Josh Mao were again well to the fore, while Mark Finamore made a welcome return to the second row.
The 1st XV, preseason No. 1 in the provincial AA polls, traveled to Burnaby for a cross zone match vs No. 4 Rockridge. In a stop-start affair, tries by Luke Rainier-Pope, Elvis Duru and Harry Shaw proved to be the difference in a hard-fought 23-8 victory.
Both the Junior and Senior teams look forward to hosting Belmont on April 12.
The Senior girls opened league play with a comfortable victory at Parkland. Gabby Freer notched a hat trick, while Elise Lincoln, Megan Johnson, Claire Pontefract and Aysha Emmerson also scored. Kaia Gyorfi recorded the shutout.
The team faces arch rival Lambrick Park April 10 before competing in the prestigious UVic-Nike Invitational April 12-14.
At the Junior girls level, SMUS evened its league record at 1-1 by defeating Stelly’s. Janet Enge made two fine saves in the second half to keep the game scoreless before Kenzi Farish curled home a superb free kick just minutes from full time.
Next up for the team are April 10 and 12 matches versus Victor Brodeur and Spectrum.
The tennis squad, BC AA finalists in 2017, began its competitive season with a 7-4 win over Mount Douglas. Strong doubles play from Devon Mills, Karina Morales, Tony Liu and Turay Akdogan put SMUS in a strong position from the very start.
The badminton team secured a road win at Claremont. Outstanding play by Adrian Lee and Wilson Ye made the difference in a 7-4 victory.