U of R Sports Roundup – Feb. 3, 2011

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Jeremy Eckert is jumping for joy

Jonathan Hamelin
Sports Editor

Track and Field

Jeremy Eckert led the Cougars at the Sled Dog Meet last weekend in Saskatoon.

The high jumper finished first in his event, clearing the bar at 2.09 metres. Eckert broke the U of R record in high jump. Thanks to his performance, Eckert is ranked first in Canada West and third in the CIS in high jump.

Eckert was not the lone Cougar to have success. Amanda Rueller (first, women’s 300m sprint), Mason Foote (first, men’s 60m sprint), Ethan Gardiner (first, men’s 300m sprint), Melissa Margetts (first, 60m hurdles), and Chris Pickering (second, shot put) all had solid meets for Regina.

The Cougars travel to Manitoba on Friday for the Bison Classic.

Women’s Basketball

Regina took care of business last weekend.

The Cougars swept the visiting Fraser Valley Cascades (8-10) in a pair of Canada West games. Regina was victorious 83-79 on Friday and earned a 74-66 victory on Saturday.

Lindsay Ledingham led Regina on Friday with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Joanna Zalesiak scored 16, Anne Mercer and Carly Graham added 14 and Danielle Schmidt scored 11 while going 7-for-8 from the free throw line.

On Saturday, Joanna Zalesiak put up 21 points, eight assists and four steals for Regina, which got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Lindsay Ledingham.

The Cougars are tied for second in the conference at 15-3. They host UBC this Friday and Saturday. Each game starts at 6:15 p.m. at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport.

Men’s Basketball

Last weekend the Cougars vaulted up the Canada West standings and Jeff Lukomski moved closer to a milestone.

Regina swept the visiting Fraser Valley Cascades, winning 92-89 in double overtime on Friday and 87-83 the next day.

On Friday, Paul Gareau, scored 26 points for the Cougars, which got 19 points from Kris Heshka 16 points and 15 rebounds from Marek Downarowicz. The next day, Gareau led the way again with 21 points and eight rebounds. Darius Mole (16) and Lukomski (13) also had big game for the Cougars.

Lukomski is now within five points of Glen Nelson’s all-time school record (1422). Regina is fifth in the conference at 12-6. They host UBC on Friday and Saturday, each game starting 8 p.m. at the CKHS.

Swimming

Jessica Winter accounted for 14 of the Cougars women’s 32 points last weekend at the Canada West Swimming Championships in Vancouver.

The women placed seventh. Winter finished ninth in the women’s 800m freestyle (nine minutes nine 1/2 seconds), 14th in the 200m butterfly (2:30.00) and 15th in both the 200m freestyle (2:07.03) and 400m freestyle (4:30.78). Winter is the only Cougar athlete who will compete in the CIS Championships, Feb. 23-25, in Calgary

Also kicking in for the women’s team was Erika Brown (11th, 50m butterfly, 30.07; 13th, 100m butterfly, 1:06.53; 15th, 200m individual medley, 2:35.86) and Maggi Pettit (14th, 100m freestyle, N/A; 16th, 50m freestyle, 28.11).

The Cougars did not have enough qualified athletes to send a men’s team, but Hector Fukushi and Craig Soutar competed individually.   
   
Curling

Brooklyn Lemon’s University of Regina curling team has proven so far that it is not how you start, but how you finish.

The squad, which is representing Canada in curling at the 2011 Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey, concluding Saturday, started off the tournament with two consecutive losses, but have bounced back with three victories in its last five games.

Canada opened up on Friday against Japan, dropping a 6-4 decision. Later that day, Great Britain handed the team another loss, this by a 9-5 count. Canada bounced back on Saturday, topping the Czech Republic 7-6. They beat Poland 9-4 on Sunday and China 5-3. In the team’s lone game on Monday, they dropped a 8-7 decision to South Korea. On Tuesday, Canada dropped its opening game 8-4.

Due to the press time of the Carillon, these are not the most current events for the Canadian squad. To keep up to date on the team’s matches, visit erzurum2011.gov.tr/curling/competition-program.

Women’s Hockey

Lisa Urban was on her game, but it was only enough to earn the Cougars a split against the host Manitoba Bisons (12-5-1) last weekend in Canada West action.

On Saturday, Urban turned aside 27 shots to give Regina a 2-1 victory. Rianne Wight and Rae-Lynn Somogyi scored the goals for the Cougars. Manitoba earned a 3-0 victory over Regina the next night. Urban made 19 saves.

The Cougars are fifth in the conference at 7-10-2. They host the Alberta Golden Bears this Friday and Saturday. Each game starts at 7 p.m. at the Co-operators Centre.

Men’s Volleyball

It was more of the same for the Cougars last weekend, who failed to win a set in a pair of Canada West games against the visiting Brandon Bobcats (7-7) at the CKHS.

In Friday’s 16-25, 18-25, 16-25 loss, Leon Dyck had 13 kills for the Cougars, which got 11 kills and six digs from Jamie Wilkins, six digs from Brody Waddell, and 27 assists from Caleb Eschbach. Jamie Wilkins led the Cougars with 10 kills in Saturday’s 24-26, 22-25, 25-27 loss. Brody Waddell and Joel Colter combined for 15 kills while Leon Dyck and Drew Smith had four blocks each for the Cougars. On the defensive front, Lindsey Isaak had six digs.

The Cougars are 2-12 on the season, eighth in the conference. They travel to British Columbia to battle UBC this Friday and Saturday.

Women’s Wrestling

Last weekend, the Cougars competed at the Women’s College Wrestling Association Championship in Atherton, Calif.

Results were unavailable at source. Regina is next in action for the Canada West Championships, Feb. 12, in Saskatoon.

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