The rowing team took part in its first spring regatta, competing at Maple Bay against both local clubs and schools.
Despite cool conditions, the rain stayed away and the water was reasonable for racing. Only later in the afternoon did a blustery wind make conditions quite challenging.
There were many encouraging performances, with six SMUS boats claiming gold medals while another five finished third in their respective races.
The next event on the calendar is April 27-29, when over 2,000 rowers from all over the Pacific Northwest will attend the Brentwood Regatta.
The Senior girls opened the week with a 5-0 league victory vs Lambrick Park before playing in the UVic Nike Invitational.
Unfortunately, a shootout loss to Okanagan-Mission sent the Blue Jags to the consolation side of the tournament draw for three games vs local opponents. SMUS won two of these, first edging Mount Douglas 1-0 on a fine Sara Cui free kick and shutout goalkeeping by Kaia Gyorfi. Following a 2-0 defeat against GNS, the team rebounded to again shut out Lambrick Park. Maggie Fekete, Claire Pontefract and Tatum Adair scored goals.
April 16-22 is another busy week. An important league match at Royal Bay is on the docket, followed by the ISAs at Southridge School.
At the Junior girls level, SMUS moved to 3-1, following league wins vs Victor Brodeur and Spectrum. The team also faces a demanding seven days, with two additional city games and then its own ISA competition.
The tennis team played against Oak Bay on April 11. Strong winds wreaked havoc on the match and it was called off early. SMUS trails 5-2 with four games still to be played.
Track and Field
Lauren Randall-Guy continued her outstanding work in track and field. The grade 9 all rounder so far has won the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races, in addition to the javelin, over the course of two meets. Classmate Liam Erlic took gold in the 300m hurdles (52.05), while Nicholas Herrmann finished second in the 3000m (11.28.70).
Of the grade 10s, Suzie Stone was second in the 800m while senior Nathan von Hagen improved his PB by 60cm to win the triple jump (11.80m).
In addition, Judy Kim was second in her 3000m race, while Joel Kiggundu won the high jump (1.60m) and placed second in long jump.
The Senior boys provincial AA #1 ranked Blue Jags had to work extremely hard to defeat Marin Highlanders of San Francisco 16-7 before then dispatching Belmont 42-5 in league play. Luke Rainier-Pope continued his excellent season, notching two tries and kicking a perfect 10 out of 10. Owen Weismiller and Simon Gilmour also performed strongly, while newcomer Peter Koltronis used his speed to telling effect.
The team then took part in the Spartan Scrum Fest at Claremont Secondary School. With several starters resting, various reserves took the opportunity to state their case. Dionisio Moreno tackled bravely, while Isaac Saenz, Kenzo Ishida and Nick Strandberg all contributed well in wins vs the Coast Barbarians and R.E. Mountain.
The Junior boys also met Marin Highlanders and Belmont. In the first of these two games, a physically dominant opponent was able to cash in on some SMUS errors while recording a 41-19 victory. But the Blue Jags bounced back nicely, scoring some fine tries and kicking effectively to take out Belmont 52-10. Gavin Banting made an encouraging debut.
Next up for both the Juniors and 1st XV are much anticipated April 17 games vs Oak Bay.
It has certainly been pleasing to see strong numbers out for rugby at the various Middle School divisions, with the Grade 8 boys fielding two teams. Behind solid play from Alejandro C., Finn K., Eric X., Louis C. and Jhye G., SMUS enjoyed wins versus Colquitz, Royal Oak and Glanford. This was a promising start to the season, which ends May 16 in a city-wide jamboree for the Kuklinski Cup.
The Grade 6-7 boys squad opened its account with two very enjoyable matches vs Journey and Spencer Middle Schools. Xander L. and Daring M. led the way in wet and windy character building conditions.
On the girls‘ side, sixteen athletes took part in the first jamboree of the term at Central Middle School. The younger group, paced by Alex M. and Marlene D., managed a win and a draw versus Dunsmuir and Glanford. The primarily grade 7 group, behind the strong leadership of Makena A. and Charlotte K., showcased their skill and experience in matches vs North Saanich, Glanford and Spencer.
The Senior girls field hockey squad managed to find the time to host St. Mary’s HS of Calgary, with SMUS, thanks to goals from Ava Birtwistle, Haley Sinclair and Catharina Commichau, winning 3-0.
Elle Nelson and Jenna Sedgwick enjoyed solid outings in midfield with goalie Jessie Cheng recording the clean sheet.
Finally, the sailing team has settled into regular training routines in advance of its first regatta on May 12. Novices through to experienced sailors comprise the thirty in the group.