As 2007 comes to a close, Gazette Sports wanted to look back at how the Mustangs have fared this year.
The badminton team had another successful season, winning its fourth Ontario University Athletics banner in five years by defeating the Waterloo Warriors 8-5.
The baseball team also finished its season as three-time OUA champs, after defeating the Brock Badgers 2-1 in the third and deciding game of the championship series. Seven members of the team were named OUA All-Stars.
The womenís basketball team currently sits in third place in the OUA West division with 16 points, while the menís basketball team presently occupies eighth spot in the West divisionís standings.
The cross-country team attended the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national cross-country championships in November, where newcomer Leila Angrand led the Mustangs, taking home the bronze medal and earning All-Canadian honours. Leading the men at nationals was Nathan de Witt, who placed 23rd in the 10 km race. Provincially, the womenís cross-country team placed second, while the menís team placed fourth.
The fencing team is off to a strong start, after performing well at the Newmarket Ontario Challenge Circuit tournament last month. Andrew Wang won the gold medal in the menís sabre category, while Vas Economopolous earned a bronze medal in womenís sabre.
The field hockey team finished the season with a record of 7-5-2, which was enough for fourth place in the OUA and a playoff berth. Westernís Michelle Weber was named first-team All-Canadian, while coach Brenyn Hodge earned Coach of the Year honours.
After winning OUA gold last season, the figure skating team is off to a good start, placing second overall at the McGill Open last month. At the event, Sarah Burke won the short program freeskate, while Emanuela Marinova won the gold singles freeskate. Danielle Brick and Caroline McKeen won silver in the senior similar pairs.
After defeating the Guelph Gryphons 34-21 to win the Yates Cup, the football team went on to face the Manitoba Bisons in the Mitchell Bowl, where they lost 52-20. The team came back to win the Yates after losing its first four games of the season.
The womenís golf team won its third-straight OUA title, led by Stephanie Grenierís third-place finish. The menís golf team fell in the provincial championships, but with Kevin Bryceís third-place finish, the team ended its season in fourth place overall.
The menís hockey team is currently atop the standings in the OUAís Far West division, just two points ahead of the rival Lakehead Thunderwolves. The womenís hockey squad is presently tied for fifth in the OUA and will be battling for a playoff spot in January.
Lacrosse players Leanne Nichols and Nicole Pullen scored three goals each in their OUA bronze medal game, but it wasnít enough to put them past the Toronto Varsity Blues and the team finished fourth overall in Ontario.
The menís rowing team won yet another OUA title, with head coach Volker Nolte being named Coach of the Year and rower Tim Colson earning the Oarsman of the Year honours. The womenís rowing team finished third in the OUA.
The menís rugby team had a disappointing loss to the Queenís Golden Gaels in the OUA semi-finals and went on to best the McMaster Marauders for the bronze medal.
The womenís side defeated the Waterloo Warriors 67-0 in the OUA final game to take gold, but fell just short on the national stage against the Lethbridge Pronghorns with a score of 15-10 to take home the silver medal.
Despite making it to the playoffs, the womenís soccer team lost in penalty kicks to the Brock Badgers in the first round by a score of 3-2. The menís soccer team had another successful season, finishing second in the OUA and third place nationally.
Westernís menís squash team is off to a fast start after winning the West Sectional, while the womenís squash team defeated McMaster 4-2 in its first match of the season.
The menís and womenís swimming teams are off to a fast start, finishing third at the University Challenge Cup.
Justin Kates and Alex Riedl were named OUA all-stars for the menís tennis team, leading the squad to a second place finish provincially. The womenís tennis team failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Vicky Croleyís track and field squad is off to a fast start having completed its season opener. Veteran Jen Cotten won two gold medals at the event and should be a strong force for the team.
With OUAs a long way off, the wrestling team is easing its way into the season. Veterans Katrina Huszarik and Brett Ferguson look to lead the team back atop the provincial standings.
Going into the Christmas break, the womenís volleyball squad has a 7-4 record, good enough to share third place in the OUA West division with the Laurier Golden Hawks. Currently, the menís volleyball team shares fourth place in the province with Queenís.