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Women’s fencing and squash snag OUA gold

Women’s fencing claims second-straight OUA title

For the second year in a row, Queen’s women’s fencing claimed provincial superiority.

The Gaels only took home a single gold medal at the OUA women’s tournament in Toronto last weekend — but they accumulated enough points as a team to capture the overall championship.

The sabre team of Lily Jiang, Julia Meerakker, Helen Percival and Tina Zhang brought home gold, while Jiang added a bronze in the individual sabre. Jiang was the gold medalist in last year’s sabre event.

The foil team also captured a bronze medal, with Tiffany Chan grabbing the bronze medal in individual competition.

The Gaels finished with 276 points at the event — 56 more than the second-place RMC Paladins.

The back-to-back championships are the Gaels’ first overall victories since a run of four straight provincial titles from 2001-04.

— Sean Sutherland

Women’s squash golden at OUAs

Queen’s reigned atop the OUA in women’s squash for the first time since 2010.

The Gaels captured the provincial title last weekend at the OUA championships in Waterloo. Their 27 points allowed them to eke out a victory over the defending champion Toronto Varsity Blues.

In addition to their team gold, the Gaels also racked up several solo accolades. Heather White was the top individual performer at the tournament, bringing home MVP honours. Teammate Natasha Anzik was named Rookie of the Year and joined White on the OUA All-Star team.

It wasn’t only Gaels players who received awards, as bench boss Lisa Coates was named the province’s Coach of the Year.

The men’s squad didn’t fare as well as their female counterparts, finishing sixth in the province. The men’s title went to the Western Mustangs – their 32nd consecutive championship.

— Sean Sutherland

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