Athletics in the news
Brandi Brown of Pomona, Calif., scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Youngstown State Penguins outgunned McGill 71-54 in women's basketball before 150 at Love Competition Hall, Friday. It marked the earliest season opener ever for the undermanned Martlets, the defending Quebec conference champions who are in their 91st season and only dressed 10 players.
The college basketball season gets an early start this weekend, when McGill plays host to a number of NCAA teams. In women's hoops, the Martlets will open their 91st season by hosting Youngstown State on Friday. In men's action, the Redmen open their 112th campaign by hosting Northeastern on Sunday and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Runnin' Rebels on Tuesday.
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. The unheralded and fifth-seeded McGill Martlets were led onto a national stage to do battle with the lions. In the end, they came away with an astonishing 3-1 upset over the Quebec champion Montreal Carabins to capture a bronze medal at the CIS women's volleyball championship, their first-ever CIS podium finish, Sunday.
Kaiva Mateus of Montreal West, Que., has been named most valuable player on the McGill University women's volleyball team, announced head coach Rachèle Béliveau. Other team awards were presented to Marie-Christine Lapointe (most improved player) of St. Jean sur Richelieu, Que., Kristina Pavlovic (most sportmanlike player) of Richmond, B.C., and Yasmeen Dawoodjee (rookie of the year) of Ottawa.
Jo-Annie Fortin, a 21-year-old psychology freshman at McGill University, finished fourth with the Canadian synchronized swim squad in the team routine final at the Olympics, Friday. Fortin, a Montrealer, had the best finish of the six McGillians that competed at the London Games. Ten other McGill grads served at the Games as coaches or administrators.
Jo-Annie Fortin, a Montreal native who is a psychology freshman at McGill University, made her Olympic debut Thursday in the synchronized swimming team event, where Canada sits a disappointing fourth after the opening round with a score of 94.4 points out of a possible 100 for their technical swim.
Derek O'Farrell and Doug Vandor, both of whom got their start in a novice boat with the McGill University rowing team, finished ninth and 14th in their respective events at the Summer Olympics, Saturday.
It was a tough day at the office for wrestler Martine Dugrenier at the Olympic Games, Wednesday. The McGill University graduate finished fifth overall
Soccer goalkeeper Aldo Braccio is among five new additions announced recently for induction to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame. A four-time all-Canadian, he was the starting goalkeeper for five seasons at McGill, from 1982 to 1986, posting a stellar 47-1-6 record with nine shutouts and a stingy 0.50 goals-against average in 54 regular season games.
A 16-member entourage from McGill University, including six athletes, is headed to London for the Summer Olympic Games, July 27 to Aug. 14.