Sports in brief: November 18

Cycling triumphs, sweeps the podiums

On Saturday, Queen’s cycling team hosted a College Cup mountain bike race for 46 athletes from 11 schools, the first of its kind in three years.

The event happened at the local community bike venue – MTB Kingston. The race started with a long stretch of road before entering the Kingston MTB stable and then onto its pumping five-kilometre technical track. Athletes completed two laps of this unique track that featured wood paneling and root obstacles.

Queen’s swept the podium. For the women’s race, Kaitlyn Shikaze won gold, with Hannah Rydlo and Sarah Fabbro winning silver and bronze. Gaels also filled the men’s podium with Jack Ciotlos, Seamus Carlyle and Teagan McGuire in first, second and third.

Rowing has 15 medals in the last two tournaments

On October 29, Rowing competed in the OUA Championships. The women’s team placed second overall, and the men’s team finished in third place. Together, they brought home 11 medals.

The women’s pair, the men’s pair and the men’s eight were gold medalists in their events. The men’s double, the lightweight men’s double, the women’s pair lightweight and the women’s eight each took home silver. To top off the gains, the women’s single, men’s single, women’s lightweight double, and women’s four won bronze.

A few weeks later, at the Canadian University Rowing Championships, Rowing collected even more hardware.

Andrew Hubbard won silver and bronze in the under-23 men’s singles and men’s singles, respectively. Shaye de Paiva placed third in the U-23 women’s singles event, and Claire Ellison and Jacquie Groenewegen also won bronze in the U-23 women’s pairs.

Both men’s and women’s Cross Country finish in the top ten of U Sports

This past weekend, the cross country team traveled to Nova Scotia to compete in the U Sports Championships. Conditions were brutal; they faced winds of up to 50 km/h while battling rain and dirt trails.

The men’s team exceeded expectations with the best result in 20 years: third overall. Considering many of their athletes won’t graduate this year, expect the Gaels to have a good chance of a podium finish in years to come.

The women’s team also ran a successful race day, finishing in tenth place. Queen’s own Elizabeth Vroom finished 29th in her career and won the U Sports Rookie of the Year title.

Men’s hockey left out its oldest rival

Last week, men’s hockey took on RMC in the battle of the driveway.

The Gaels smashed the Paladins with a 2-0 home win. The game was deadlocked 0-0 for the first two periods, but the Gaels were hungry for points in the third period. Jonathan Yantsis and Holden Katzalay each scored to help Queen to their third straight win.

Two days after the RMC game, the Gaels played McGill at the Memorial Center.

The Redbirds scored on a power play early in the first period, but Trevor Longo tied the game for Queen’s a few minutes later. The teams played out the rest of the first and all of the second with no further action at the net before McGill secured the win in the third. Katzalay scored for Queen’s late in the game, but it was too little too late as the Redbirds won 3-2.

Women’s volleyball sweeps the U of T

For the first two games of their regular season, the women’s volleyball played the Varsity Blues and finished victorious both times.

The first meeting was on November 5, in which Queen cleaned up and won the first three sets. They competed again on November 6, and Toronto put up more of a fight. The Gaels won the first set, but the Varsity Blues cruised to a 25-23 victory for the second. The rest of the sets were a back and forth battle ending with Queen winning the game in the fifth.

Men’s volleyball 2-1 to start the season

Men’s Volleyball began their season with two games against U of T.

The Varsity Blues took the first on November 5 after winning three of five sets. Queen’s, however, got another attempt at victory the next day, winning their first three sets on November 6.

This past weekend, the Gaels crossed the bridge to meet the paladins. The Gaels swept RMC by also winning their first three sets, raising their season-to-date record to 2-1.

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