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.
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.
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
McGill took home 18 of 84 bursaries handed out at the 26th annual Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence gala, Wednesday, as a combined total of $189,750 was doled out to worthy student-athletes from nine Quebec universities. McGillians won five of the 11 major categories, sweeping both academic excellence prizes and both athletic excellence awards.
McGill swimmer Steven Bielby of Pointe Claire, Que., hauled in four awards totaling $4,000 and the hockey Martlets were named Quebec women's team of the year at the 24th annual Quebec Foundation for University Athletics gala, held at the Mortagne hotel in Boucherville, Tuesday. McGill ranked third among all institutions with a combined 11 bursary recipients for $25,500.
Geneviève Plante of the McGill women's volleyball team and Karl De Grandpré, a volleyball player with the Laval Rouge et Or, have been selected athletes of the week by the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, for the period ending Mar. 4, 2012.