Hopeful Olympian falls short
Kingston native Isolda Penney saw her Olympic rowing dreams come to an end at the U.S. National team selection regatta on April 12.
The 37-year-old finished in third place in the women’s single event with a time of 7:47; she finished behind Genevra Stone (7:32) and Lindsay Meyer (7:36).
If she won the time trial, Penney would have needed to place in the top three in Lucerne, Switzerland at the end of May to qualify for the Olympics.
After seeing the Canadian national team cancel the single boat program, Penney used her dual-citizenship to try out for the U.S. roster. Given her age, the third-place finish will bring a premature end to Penney’s comeback to rowing, which began in 2008 after 11 years away from the sport.
— Lauri Kytömaa
Brittany Moore earns All-Star game award
Brittany Moore was named OUA East player of the game at the OUA All-Star Game in Waterloo on April 28.
The 5’6 point guard from Hannon, Ont. recently completed her fifth and final year of eligibility for the Queen’s women’s basketball team.
In her five years with the Gaels, Moore established herself one of the OUA’s top performers. Moore finished fourth in points per game during her final three OUA seasons — third overall behind the Ottawa Gee Gees’ Hannah Sunley-Paisley and the Windsor Lancers’ Jessica Clemmencon.
She averaged 16.5 points per game in those three seasons, finishing with a career high 17.1 in her final year as a Gael.
— Peter Morrow
Pegg, Underwood, Kelly to represent Queen’s at World University 7’s Championships
The Gaels’ Clara Pegg of Barrie, Ont. joined the Canadian women’s roster set to play in the 2012 World University Rugby Sevens in Brive, France.
Pegg joins a Canadian team with considerable success in past tournaments, winning the tournament in Beijing 2004 and in Rome 2006.
Pegg heads into her third OUA season with international experience, as an athlete eligible to receive future bursary funding from Rugby Ontario.
Varsity men’s rugby players Liam Underwood and Matt Kelly of Toronto, Ont. will be representing Canada’s men’s team at the tournament. Both athletes represented Canada in 2010 and 2011 with the under-20 team.
Heading into their fourth years as Gaels, Underwood and Kelly have both received Rugby Ontario funding. The tournament will also be held in July in Brive, France.
— Peter Morrow