Athletics in the news
It has been a less than stellar debut for McGill's Olympians at the Summer Games in London. In rowing, Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que., placed third in the opening heat of the men's lightweight double sculls, Sunday. Meanwhile, in women's beach volleyball, McGill grad Marie-Andrée Lessard of LaSalle, Que., lost 2-1 in her pairs preliminary opener to Britain.
Derek O’Farrell, a former McGill University rower from Montreal, helped the Canadian men’s heavyweight four to finish third in their heat, Monday, advancing to the semifinal round at the Olympic Games.
It may have been a shiny "Triple Medal Tuesday" for Canada at the Summer Olympics but it was a dreary day for a couple of McGill University graduates. Doug Vandor had his medal hopes dashed after a fourth-place finish in the repechage with the Canadian men's lightweight double sculls. Elsewhere, in beach volleyball, McGill grad Marie-Andrée Lessard lost 2-1 to Russia in a preliminary round matc
Victoria Poon of LaSalle, Que., was 15th in the women's 50-metre freestyle semifinals, Friday, and did not advance to the medal round at the Summer Olympics. The 24-year-old who swam for McGill University in 2005-06, was clocked in 25.17 seconds after qualifying in 25.15 during her preliminary heat. Her morning time was just 0.15 seconds off the Canadian record set by Jennifer Beckberger in 2009
Former McGill University swimmer Victoria Poon of LaSalle, Que., finished fifth in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay (3:39.60) at the Summer Olympics on Saturday.Rowers Douglas Vandor of Dewittville, Que., and Derek O'Farrell of Montreal - who both got their start in a McGill novice boat - are slated to make their Olympic debut at the Summer Games on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
Two McGill University grads -- rower Derek O'Farrell and beach volleyballer Marie-Andrée Lessard -- were knocked out of medal contention on Day 6 at the Olympics, Thursday. O'Farrell and his crew finished fifth in a men's fours semifinal heat and the Canadian boat has been relegated to Saturday's consolation final. Lessard and her teammate were bounced out of the Games after a 2-1 loss to It
The following McGill University experts will be available to comment on the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, taking place in London, England, from July 27 to August 12. Over 8,000 athletes from more than 50 countries will compete in the Games.
Three seniors from the McGill University Martlets were selected in the Canadian Women's Hockey League draft on July 18. Goaltender Charline Labonté was taken in the first-round by the Montreal Stars, while forward Ann-Sophie Bettez went in the second round, also to the Stars, and centre Jordanna Peroff was a fifth-round pick by the Toronto Furies.
The Chicago Blackhawks appointed Jamie Kompon as an assistant coach, Tuesday. The 45-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ont., is a McGill University graduate, who previously served as captain of the McGill Redmen and later coached the team.
Canada defeated Argentina 84-79 on Sunday, to finish fifth of 12 men's teams at the FIBA Under-17 world basketball championship in Lithuania. The Canadian cadets, coached by McGill bench boss David DeAveiro, posted an overall record of 5-3 at the event.