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Trent Announces Athletes of the Week

Trent University is proud to announce that Mike Simmons is the Male Athlete of the Week for September 22-28. Simmons plays the Fly Half position on the Men’s Rugby team, and is also the Kicker. Mike is a 3rd year Business Student, and a graduate of Adam Scott Secondary School in Peterborough, Ontario.

Trent University is proud to announce that Jessica Madder is the Female Athlete of the Week for September 22-28. Jessica, a member of the Excalibur Swim team, is a 1st year Psychology Student from Newmarket, Ontario. Madder broke 4 meet records at the Ryerson Open, September 29. Madder broke records in the 50m and 100m backstroke, as well as the 100m breaststroke, Jessica also swam the opening backstroke leg of the 200m Medley relay.

Trent Swims at Record Setting Pace

The Trent University Swim team traveled to Toronto for the Ryerson Open this past weekend for a meet against Ryerson and York University. The Excalibur team dominated the competition, so much so that Trent would still have won the meet if Ryerson and York combined their total team points.

Leading the way was Jessica Madder who grabbed 4 gold medals in the Open 50m Backstroke, Open 100m Backstroke, Open 100m Breaststroke, and as a member of the 200m Medley relay. Madder set records in all 4 events, including the 100m Breaststroke which was also the longest standing school record at Trent University. Dana Gordon broke 2 meet records in the 100m Open Free, as well as the Female Open 200m Free Relay. Erin Appleman set a new meet record in the Female Open 100m Fly as well as being a member of the Female Open 200m Medley Relay.

On the Men’s side Alex Babaris lead the way, breaking 2 of his own records in the Male 50m Open Backstroke, as well as in the Male 100m Open Fly. Teammate Che Mineque also broke the record in the Open 50m Backstroke, but finished in 2nd place to Babaris. Scott Adams brought home 2 more records for the Excalibur in the Open 50m Breaststroke and the 100m Breaststroke.

Trent’s next meet is at York October 19th.

Excalibur Rowing Strikes Gold in Ottawa

The Trent University Rowing team traveled to Ottawa for the Head of the Rideau River this past weekend. Competing against teams from Ottawa, Carleton, McGill, Queens and various Quebec rowing clubs, Trent dominated the 5.5 kilometer course. Of the 40 Excalibur Athletes, 38 brought home Gold medals.

Five athletes captured double Gold Medals. Peter Van Rooijen Won the Varsity Men’s Single for the 2nd week in a row, Van Rooijen was also a member of the Men’s 8 which brought home gold. Juliana Stonehouse also brought home gold in the Women’s single as well as the Women’s 8. Shawn McIntosh brought home gold in the Lightweight Men’s double (along with Fraser Berkhout), Shawn was also a member of the Men’s 8. Kaitlin Byrick captured the Women’s Lightweight crown (along with partner Mandy Sarkadi), Byrick was also a member of the Women’s 8. Brent Holmes was a member of the Men’s 8 squad as well as the Peterborough Rowing Club Youth 4, that also brought home gold.

Both the Men’s and Women’s 8 squads stroked the fastest times of the day on the Rideau River. This is quite impressive considering these athletes are competing against club level rowers as well as their University competitors. The future looks bright for the Excalibur Rowing program as both the Men’s and Women’s 8s won the novice races. The Novice division is for athletes who have zero rowing experience prior to this season.

"It was a great weekend for us, it reflects the hard work that everyone is putting in every morning at practice," said coach Carol Love. "Right now we’re getting ready to perform at our home meet this weekend, and continue building momentum to the OUA championships (October 25th @ Kingston)."

The Head of the Trent Rowing Regatta is this Saturday the 4th of October starting at 8am.

Women's Rugby Report

The Trent Excalibur women's rugby team hosted the York Lions Saturday, September, 27. The Excalibur were defeated by a score of 34-6. Heather Craft converted 2 penalty kicks for the Excalibur. Scoring the tries for the Lions were Candace Wong, Jess Sickinger scored twice, while Cheryl Philps added another 2 tries along with 2 conversions.

It was another tough loss for the Excalibur. "We played hard again, it was a good game for us," said Assistant Coach Craig Harris. "We’re a young team and we’re going to make mistakes, the important thing for us is that we learned from our mistakes in the last game against Queens, and these were new mistakes. We will continue to play hard and keep developing as a team."

The loss drops Trent to 0-3. York improves to 2-1. Trent hosts the Guelph Gryphons Saturday, October 4 at 1pm, on the main campus field.

Excalibur Men’s Rugby Report

The Trent Excalibur men's rugby team hosted Carleton University Saturday, September 27. Trent was defeated by a score of 17-7. The Excalibur’s lone try came from Bryan Faulkner. Mike Simmons made the conversion. Scoring tries for Carleton were Dave Thompson, Jason Aldridge and Reid Brooks. Brooks also made the lone conversion for Carleton.

The Excalibur grabbed an early 7-0 lead only to run into some injury problems yet again. "It’s been a tough season, we’re right there in every game, we’re just not getting the bounces," said coach Darrell Devine.

The loss drops Trent to 0-3. Carleton improves to 1-1. Trent travels to London to face Western (3-0), Saturday, October 4.

Excalibur Women's Soccer report

The Trent University women's Soccer team was in action this past weekend, traveling to Guelph. Trent lost the game by a score of 4-2. Scoring for the Excalibur were Michelle Malandrin and Meg Watters. Scoring for Guelph was Julie Monoghan and Nancy Mill with Lyndsay Zeller adding a pair.

The loss drops the Excalibur to 0-5. Guelph improves to 2-2. Trent hosts Queen's (3-0), Friday, October 3, at noon.

Trent Opens Volleyball Season

The Trent Excalibur opened the OCAA Female exhibition volleyball season Monday night with a straight set (3-0) victory over Sir Sandford Fleming College. Trent’s next game is Tuesday October 7, at Sir Sandford Fleming (Holy Cross). Regular season action begins Thursday October 16 when Trent hosts Seneca.

Archived Sports News

September 24, 2003

Posted September 30, 2003

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