Journal Athletes of the Week

Dani Delaloye

Women’s Swimming

Dani Delaloye is the third Queen’s athlete since the beginning of September to be named OUA Athlete of the Week. The first-year varsity swimmer was spectacular at the team’s first meet of the season last weekend in Peterborough, bringing home three gold medals.

Delaloye swam her way to first place in the women’s 100-m and 400-m freestyle races, and then joined the 400-m freestyle relay team in their gold-medal victory.

“I just wanted to stand up and race well,” Delaloye said. “I just went after the races and it worked out well.”

Delaloye, an applied science student from Edmonton, has been swimming for more than eight years.

She said that potentially being a member of the swim team had a lot to do with her decision to come to Queen’s.

“I spoke with a Queen’s swimmer at the CIS Championships last year, and since then I was planning to be a part of the team here,” she said.

Delaloye said she is having a great time swimming for Queen’s and is hoping to build on her recent success.

“It’s really awesome here,” she said. “I love the spirit.”

A career in the water beyond university is not a primary priority for her right now, however.

“I’m planning to have a good university career,” she said. “I’m not sure about the future yet—I just want to make sure that I focus on school.”

--Dan Robson

Jason Sukhraj

Men’s Baseball

Gaels baseball only hit one home run this weekend, but it was a big one—a grand slam off the bat of centre-fielder Jason Sukhraj in a 10-8 Queen’s win. Sukhraj said that he doesn’t feel the hit was an individual accomplishment.

“It was really good, but it takes everybody to get on base for me to do that,” he said. “It’s good that I could hit it, but really it’s good for the team.”

Sukhraj said experience helped the team through some tough games last weekend.

“We’ve been in this position before,” he said. “We’ve made nationals every year for the last three years, so we really didn’t have to say much—we knew what we had to do.”

Sukhraj, a fourth-year sociology major, is a veteran Gael and thus brings important experience to the team’s playoff aspirations.

“We’re practicing hard this week, and everybody’s getting focused,” he said. “Our pitcher’s got to throw well, but if we can carry through the way we played this weekend we should be fine.”

The Gaels will have home-field advantage against Durham with the first two games of a possible three played in Kingston on Saturday.

“It’s good. We’re ready to play anywhere, but it’s nice to play at home,” Sukhraj said.

Sukhraj said he doesn’t plan on ending his affiliation with baseball when his time at Queen’s is up.

“I’m trying to get my master’s in sports management so I can stay close to the game.”

--James Bradshaw

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