Thursday, February 21, 2013
THIS WEEK IN COUGAR ATHLETICS
Track & Field - Canada West Championships, Fri & Sat at Regina Fieldhouse
Women’s Hockey – vs. UBC, Fri 7 pm, Co-operators Centre - Game 1
Women’s Basketball – vs. Victoria, Fri, 7 pm at CKHS - Game 1
Women’s Hockey – vs. UBC, Sat, 7 pm, Co-operators Centre - Game 2
Women’s Basketball – vs. Victoria, Sat, 7 pm at CKHS - Game 2
Women’s Hockey – vs. UBC, Sun, 3 pm, Co-operators Centre - Game 3 (if nec)
Women’s Basketball – vs. Victoria, Sun, 4 pm at CKHS - Game 3 (if nec)
Swimming – Five members of the U of R’s swimming teams will compete in the 2013 CIS Championships this weekend in Calgary. Samantha Bancescu, Jessica Winter, Dale Hamilton, Quinn Moore, and Chris Myers will all represent the Cougars at the three-day meet, which starts on Thursday and runs through to Saturday. Moore is seeded in the top ten of two different events, including the 200-metre backstroke and the 400-metre individual medley. Check out www.reginacougars.com for links to live video and live results from the championship meet.
Track & Field (Men’s CIS Ranking: No. 7) – The Cougars host the Canada West Championships this weekend at the Regina Fieldhouse. Seven members of the men’s team enter the meet ranked No. 1 in the conference in their event, including Jeremy Eckert (high jump), Lex Ewen (long jump), Tait Nystuen (300-metre dash), Codey Pakula (weight throw), Chris Pickering (shot put), Arthur Ward (triple jump), and Kelly Wiebe (3000-metre run). On the women’s side, rookie Joy Becker is ranked first in Canada West in the long jump. Events are scheduled to run from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Women’s Hockey (CIS Ranking: No. 8) – The Cougars will host the UBC Thunderbirds this weekend in a best-of-three Canada West semifinal series at The Co-operators Centre. The stakes are massive – not only does the winner of the series advance to the Canada West final against the winner of the Alberta/Calgary semifinal, but also receives an automatic berth to the 2013 CIS Championship in Toronto. The teams will play on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Game 3 – if it’s needed – will be played beginning on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cougartickets.com and live video for the entire series will be available at www.canadawest.tv.
Women’s Basketball (CIS Ranking: No. 2) – The Cougars (19-3) jumped up one spot in this week’s CIS Top Ten after they defeated Brandon twice on the road last weekend and Saint Mary’s lost to unranked Acadia last Tuesday. The Cougars play host to the University of Victoria in a best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series that begins on Friday night (7:00) at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. The teams will also meet on Saturday night with tip-off scheduled for 7:00, and will play a Game 3 beginning Sunday afternoon (4:00) if the teams split the first two games. The winner of the series advances to the Canada West Final Four, which will be hosted next weekend at a location to be determined. Tickets for this weekend's quarterfinal series are available at www.cougartickets.com and live video will be available at www.canadawest.tv.
Men’s Wrestling – Led by individual championships by both Golden Musonza (54 kg) and Steven Schneider (57 kg), the Cougars finished in third place in the overall standings last weekend at the Canada West Championships. Three other Cougar wrestlers also qualified for the CIS Championships, as Matt Fedler (68 kg), rookie Jacob Luczak (76 kg), and John Lendvoy (82 kg) all placed third at the conference meet hosted by the University of Alberta. The CIS Championships will be held on Mar. 1 and Mar. 2 in London, Ont.
Women’s Wrestling – Lisa McKibben (72 kg) won her second career Canada West gold medal for the Cougars, who also finished in third place in the team standings at last weekend’s conference championships in Edmonton. McKibben, Jillian Durant, Kristine Longeau, and Jasmine Slinn will all advance to the CIS Championships two weekends from now, as Durant (72 kg) and Longeau (82 kg) both won Canada West silver medals and Slinn (48 kg) took home a Canada West bronze.
Men’s Hockey – The Cougars’ season came to an end last weekend with a loss to the Manitoba Bisons in a best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series at the Max Bell Arena in Winnipeg. Manitoba took a 6-2 win in Game 1 before clinching the series with a 5-0 win in Game 2. The Cougars – who improved from 13 points in 2011-12 to 29 points in conference play this year under first-year head coach Todd Johnson – are expected to return everyone to next season’s roster with the exception of fifth-year defenceman Russ Nielsen and graduating fourth-year forward Ryan Sawka.
Men’s Basketball – The Cougars finished the season with a 7-15 conference record after ending the year with a road split at Brandon last weekend, losing 68-54 on Friday before recovering for a 70-61 victory on Saturday. The weekend marked the last games in Cougar uniforms for fifth-year players Paul Gareau and Sterling Nostedt. Gareau ends his career with a .600 field goal percentage, the best of any University of Regina player that spent more than one season with the Cougars. Gareau also ends up sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1319 career points, while Nostedt’s 131 three-pointers made stand as the third most in University of Regina history.
(Courtesy U of R Athletics)