August News from Athletics

Monday, August 28, 2006

Written by Michelle Turley - Sports Information Coordinator

Guelph Grad an Iron Man

Former University of Guelph cross country runner and swimmer, Jasper Blake, captured the 2006 Subaru Ironman Canadian title in Penticton, BC this past weekend. The win was Jasper's first at the ironman distance. Blake had placed second and third at previous attempts and entered the race as one of the favourites.

For those that don't follow Ironman events, the swim is 2.4 miles(3.8 km), immediately followed by a 112 mile(180 km) bike race, then a full marathon run of 26.2 miles(42.2 km).

Blake was with the leaders and 12th out of the water in just under 52 minutes. On the ride, he gradually moved up to the lead pack and finished the bike in 5th with a 4 hour and 50 minute time. It took a really strong marathon run by the 32-year-old Victoria resident to first take the lead and then successfully hold off runner-up Courtney Ogden of Australia and fellow Canadian Gordo Byrn who finished in third. Blake's time of 8:33:58 included a 2:48:12 marathon run.

Former Gryphon swim coach Alan Fairweather commented, "Jasper was a great asset to Gryphon swimming and has worked very hard at improving the swim portion of his race."

Subaru Ironman Canada is the oldest Ironman event in continental North America and took place for the 24th time on Sunday in Penticton, B.C. Athletes were competing for 80 qualifying spots for the 2006 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, as well as a $75,000 (Canadian) pro prize purse.

Blake graduated in 2000 with a Human Kinetics degree and was an academic all-Canadian during his tenure at Guelph. He was also a member of the 1999 CIS cross country champion team, the first of a record four consecutive titles for the Gryphons.

Blake is still frequently seen in the Guelph community whether it be competing at the Guelph Lakes Triathlon, advocating for Right to Play, or through his Triathlon School initiative.


The Department of Athletics boasts 71 Academic All-Canadians from the 2005-2006
campaign. Academic All-Canadians are those athletes who compete in a varsity sport at the CIS (national) level while maintaining an academic cumulative average of 80 or above percent in the school calendar year. This year's U of G Academic All-Canadians are:

Shelly Burton Basketball
Meghan Kane Basketball
Julia Beniusis Cross Country/Track
Kathryn Henderson Cross Country/Track
Laura Moulton Cross Country/Track
Rachel O'Reilly Cross Country
Kimberly Volterman Cross Country/Track
Joseph Brunsting Cross Country/Track
Matthew Brunsting Cross Country
Maxime Paquette Cross Country/Track
Immanual Povelofskie Cross Country
Brady Straw Cross Country/Track
Sarah Devenish Field Hockey
Sarah Giles Field Hockey
Emily Jooste Field Hockey
Adam Carapella Football
Michael Dougherty Football
Matthew Legg Football
Hayley Anso Ice Hockey
Aleisha Lusk Ice Hockey
Andrew Arklie Hockey
Richard Cotter Hockey
Thomas Laplante Hockey
Daniel Lester Hockey
Stephen Morris Hockey
Ken Ritson Hockey
Meredith Boulay Rugby
Naomi Dicks Rugby
Michelle Gauer Rugby
Sarah Hrabi Rugby
Christina Schill Rugby
Margaret Seiling Rugby/Wrestling
Rachel Shaw Rugby
Alison Smith Rugby
Kathryn Buddo Soccer
Jamie Greenfield Soccer
Nancy Hill Soccer
Melissa Hyland Soccer
Ashley O'Driscoll Soccer
Emily Robson Soccer
Katherine Stross Soccer
Kristen Weersink Soccer
Cassandra Wever Soccer
Jordan Matley Soccer
Jon Swan Smith Soccer
Laura Calvert Swimming
Angela Catford Swimming
Sara Gardhouse Swimming
Stephanie Hatt Swimming
Kristjan Spence Swimming
Jacqueline Gauthier Track & Field
Daniela Kwiatkowski Track & Field
Mary Lynch Track & Field
Brae Anne McArthur Track & Field
Susan Menczel Track & Field
Stephanie Radu Track & Field
Andrew Hudson Track & Field
Gordon Muir Track & Field
Andrew Varden Track & Field
Sarah Baxter Volleyball
Heidi Beroll Volleyball
Brianne Castonguay Volleyball
Michael Bancroft Volleyball
Spencer Bell Volleyball
Jason Dodd Volleyball
Matthew Koehler Volleyball
Robert Miller Volleyball
Jacqueline Davidson Wrestling
Hailey Dermott Wrestling
Kevin Christiaens Wrestling
Kyle Grant Wrestling

Further Athletic Award-winners

The Department of Athletics also boasts 41 OUA Academic Achievement Awards from the 2005-2006 campaign. Award winners are those athletes who compete in a varsity sport at the CIS (national) level while maintaining an academic cumulative average of 80 or above percent in the school calendar year.

Matthew Bylow Baseball
Jason Dodd Baseball
Thomas Fear Baseball
Adam Long Baseball
Mark Parris Baseball
Aimee Collier Figure Skating
Andrea Di Febo Figure Skating
Lauren Furukawa Figure Skating
Jennifer Henry Figure Skating
Caitlyn McCann Figure Skating
Nicole Paquette Figure Skating
Laura Platt Figure Skating
Sarina Tsai Figure Skating
Stacey Fuderer Lacrosse
Jody Therriault Lacrosse
Sara White Lacrosse
Stephen Kilshaw Nordic Skiing
Colin McKeen Nordic Skiing
Derek Pieper Nordic Skiing
Ian Ritchie Nordic Skiing
Nicholas Uhlig Nordic Skiing
Jordan Veenstra Nordic Skiing
Katie Bell Nordic Skiing
Kathryn Junkin Nordic Skiing
Katherine Knight Nordic Skiing
Emily Lynes Nordic Skiing
Heather MacMillan Nordic Skiing
Airlie Robinson Nordic Skiing
Jill Viejou Nordic Skiing
David Dittmar Rowing
Wesley Ernst Rowing
Lindsay Davis Rowing
Brie Edwards Rowing
Julia Herzog Rowing
Crystal Hyatt Rowing
Amanda Murdock Rowing
Arielle Stockdale Rowing
Kerry Trainor Rowing
Lauren Tucker Rowing
William Brown-Bury Rugby
Ryan Lippert Rugby

Rogers TV is going to stuff you full of OUA action
A growing university athletics fan base in Ontario will have more opportunity to see their favourite teams and athletes throughout the upcoming 2006/07 season. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Rogers Television have agreed to broadcast an expanded schedule of games this year, covering a wide variety of sports.

"We've had tremendous support from Rogers Television in our six-year partnership and the fact that they have significantly increased their coverage for the 2006/07 season speaks volumes of their commitment to both amateur athletics and specifically our conference," says OUA Executive Director Ward Dilse. "We'll have some great content on the schedule again this year."

The 2006-2007 schedule, featuring football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's hockey and men's rugby, will showcase over 20 more games from the previous season.

"Rogers Television is pleased to renew our excellent partnership with the OUA this year," says Senior Director of Programming Bruce Matheson. "We are very excited about our schedule which consists of more than 60 games and seven different sports. Beginning September 3, we'll be presenting a full compliment of men's and women's contests weekly, on Rogers Television stations across Ontario. It's yet another illustration of our firm commitment to showcasing amateur sport in our communities."

Rogers Television will open the season with a tantalizing football match-up featuring two of the OUA's elite football programs when the Western Mustangs travel to the nation's capital to take on the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sunday, September 3 (broadcast begins at 7:00 pm). The game renews a rivalry established last year when the Gee-Gees beat the Mustangs in overtime in their regular season meeting, before losing 18-10 to Western in London in an OUA quarter-final game. Gridiron action continues throughout the fall with playoff games scheduled for Saturday, October 28 and Saturday, November 4.

Fans hungry for more contact can tune in Saturday, September 9 to catch the men's rugby opener between the McMaster Marauders and Carleton Ravens, shown
on tape delay at 8:00 pm in the Ottawa Region. Rugby programming ends with a
bang on Saturday, November 4 at the OUA Men's Rugby Championships, once again slated to be played on the magnificent pitch at Fletcher's Fields in Markham, Ont.

Hoops fanatics will get their first taste of hardwood action on Saturday, November 11, with two different men's and women's match-ups - the York Lions, finalists in both the men's and women's championships in 2005/06, travel to Guelph to take on two talented Gryphons teams (Broadcast in the Toronto and Grand River regions). The London and Ottawa regions will see the three-time defending CIS men's champion Carleton Ravens head to London to take on Western. Double-header action begins at 8:00 pm. The basketball season wraps up in March with both championship games from both the East and West divisions.

Below is the 2006-2007 Rogers Television Schedule.

September 3
Football - Western @ Ottawa - 7 pm - regions TBD

September 9
Football - York @ Western - 8 pm - London, Toronto, GTA
Football - Queen's @ Guelph - 8 pm - Grand River
M Rugby - McMaster @ Carleton - 8 pm - Ottawa

September 16
Football - Guelph @ Western - 8 pm - London
Football - McMaster @ Ottawa - 8 pm - Ottawa

September 23
Football - Ottawa @ York - 8 pm - Ottawa, Toronto
Football - Toronto @ Guelph - 8 pm - Grand River

September 30
Football - Guelph @ Ottawa - 8 pm - Ottawa
Football - Waterloo @ Laurier - 8 pm - Grand River
Football - Windsor @ Western - 8 pm - London

October 4
W Soccer - Ottawa @ Carleton - 3 pm - Ottawa
Football - Ottawa @ York - 8 pm - York

October 7
Football - Western @ Toronto - 8 pm - London, Toronto, GTA
Football - Guelph @ Waterloo - 8 pm - Grand River
M/W Soccer - Queen's @ Carleton - 8 pm - Ottawa

October 14
Football - Waterloo @ Ottawa - 8 pm - Ottawa
Football - Toronto @ Laurier - 8 pm - Grand River, Toronto
Football - McMaster @ Western - 8 pm - London

October 21
Football - Ottawa @ Toronto - 8 pm - Ottawa, Toronto

October 28
Football - Playoffs - Teams TBD - 8 pm - regions TBD
Football - Playoffs - Teams TBD - 8 pm - regions TBD

November 4
M Rugby Championships - 8 pm - All regions with no football
Football - Semi-Final - Teams TBD - 8 pm - regions TBD

November 11
M/W Basketball - York @ Guelph - 8/10 pm - Toronto, Grand River
M/W Basketball - Carleton @ Western - 8/10 pm - London, Ottawa

November 18
M/W Basketball - Guelph @ Carleton - 8/10 pm - Ottawa, Grand River
M/W Basketball - Ryerson @ Western - 8/10 pm - London, Toronto, GTA

November 25
M Hockey - Western @ Ottawa - 8 pm - Ottawa, London

December 2
M/W Basketball - Ryerson @ Waterloo - 8/10 pm - Toronto, Grand River
M/W Basketball - McMaster @ Carleton - 8/10 pm - Ottawa

January 6
M/W Basketball - Western @ Guelph - 8/10 pm - London, Grand River
M/W Basketball - Toronto @ Ottawa - 8/10 pm - Toronto, Ottawa, GTA

January 13
M/W Basketball - Waterloo @ Guelph - 8/10 pm - Grand River
M/W Basketball - Windsor @ Western - 8/10 pm - London
M/W Basketball - Ottawa @ York - 8/10 pm - Ottawa, Toronto

January 20
M/W Basketball - Guelph @ Western - 8/10 pm - London, Grand River
M/W Basketball - Queen's @ Carleton - 8/10 pm - Ottawa
M/W Basketball - York @ Toronto - 8/10 pm - Toronto, GTA

January 23
M/W Basketball - Ottawa @ Carleton - 8/10 pm - Ottawa

February 3
M/W Basketball - Guelph @ Waterloo - 8/10 pm - Grand River
M/W Basketball Playoffs - Ottawa/Carleton @ Ryerson/Toronto - 8 pm - Ottawa,

February 10
M/W Basketball - Ryerson @ York - 8 pm - Toronto
M/W Basketball- McMaster @ Laurier - 8 pm - Grand River

February 17
M Basketball - Carleton @ Ottawa - 8 pm - Ottawa
M/W Basketball- McMaster @ Laurier - 8 pm - Grand River

February 24
Basketball Playoffs - TBD

March 3
Basketball Championships - TBD

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