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Last weekend Jaime Stuckless and Laura Keating turned an apparent obstacle into a golden stepping stone. The two Gael figure skaters went to the OUA championships expecting to dance the routine they had been preparing all season in the Senior Silver Similar Dance, but due to a misunderstanding with officials, Stuckless and Keating had to dance a routine that they had not used in more than a year.Continue...

Men’s basketball turns heads in playoffs

After finishing their regular season sixth in the OUA East with a 6-16 record, the men’s basketball team faced a considerable challenge as they entered the playoffs over Reading Week. On Feb. 22 the Gaels traveled to Toronto and faced off against the U of T Varsity Blues, who sat third in the division with a 16-6 record.

Despite being clear underdogs in a lopsided matchup, the Gaels shocked their favoured opponents with a 64-56 upset.Continue...

Women’s basketball two points short

In basketball, size is supposed to matter. Queen’s women’s basketball did their best to dispel that notion over Reading Week, however, putting together two strong playoff outings, before bowing out in the OUA semifinals.Continue...

Track on podium seven times

Queen’s track and field had great expectations for medals going into last weekend’s OUA championships in Windsor, with a star-studded roster that included many medal hopefuls. However, Queen’s knew it was in for some intense competition, since the Gaels were expected to battle for the number three through six spots.Continue...

Gaels skate to third straight title

The third time was a charm for the Queen’s figure skating team at last weekend’s OUA championships—but then again, the first and second times were pretty charmed too.

The Gaels completed a banner-winning hat trick at Brock University, picking up their third OUA title in as many years. Queen’s has become something of a powerhouse on the OUA figure skating scene, winning nine out of the last 11 overall titles, and this year’s edition was no exception.Continue...

Volleyball brings home OUA crown

For the Queen’s men’s volleyball team, what began at Ryerson in a flurry of foam fingers and screaming Rams fans ended last Thursday on home court to the cheers of 600 boisterous Queen’s supporters.Continue...

Track emerges from crowd at Cornell

The Queen’s track team exceeded expectations for the second straight weekend, setting two new school records at the Cornell Robert Kane Meet on Feb. 11. This year, they brought back 13 total medals (four gold, four silver and five bronze), in addition to an astounding 27 personal bests and 10 all-time top-10 performances.Continue...

Journal Athletes of the Week

Katy Perry is trying to make the last few weeks of her Gaels career count. Last week the fourth-year history major took full advantage of her third trip to the OUA championships by taking home two golds and a bronze in the breaststroke. Perry swam to gold in the 50-metres and 100-metres and her teammate Brittany Segeren swam to the gold in the 200 metre.Continue...

Canada’s greatest Olympic hockey challenge

The consensus among Canadian hockey fans since the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey is that a simple dichotomy has arisen on the international hockey stage: those who can compete with Canada, and those who might as well just go home. The 2006 Torino Olympics is underway and although there are numerous teams who should be playing in the church division—teams without a prayer of medaling—the Swedes have caught my eye as a threat to Canada’s quest for a repeat gold.Continue...

Swimming to the podium

When Golden Gael swimmers Katy Perry and Brittany Segeren began training camp this season, they promised each other that they would dominate the podium at the OUA championships in February.

By the end of last weekend’s OUA championships in Sudbury, Perry and Segeren had stood beside each other on three occasions, en route to helping the women’s team place fifth overall. In the 50-metre backstroke, Perry won the gold medal and Segeren won bronze.Continue...

Basketball comes home

The Queen’s women’s basketball team closed out its regular season on a high note this week, walking all over its crosstown rival from RMC for a decisive win to carry them into the playoffs.Continue...

Men’s volleyball rolls into playoffs

Though the results procured were different for each team, this past weekend in volleyball was a success on all fronts, Gaels coaches say.

The women’s squad put in a solid effort but went down in four sets to the York Lions. Despite the result, head coach Chris Galbraith said he doesn’t think the score detracts at all from the team’s performance.Continue...

Hockey topples mighty Hawks

K-W stood for killer wins for the Queen’s Golden Gaels women’s hockey team this past weekend as their trip to the Kitchener-Waterloo area resulted in four huge points. A 5-0 win on Sunday over the Waterloo Warriors came on the heels of Saturday’s 4-2 upset victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks, who are ranked number one in the CIS.Continue...

Row-a-thon raises more than $1,550

At about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, two guitar cases full of money sat on the JDUC floor just outside the QP. No music filled the air, however. All there was to be heard was the sound of rowing machines—five ergs, whirring away in sync.Continue...

Men’s hockey to wrap up regular season at Carr-Harris Cup Tonight

The men’s hockey team will fight to keep their dying playoff hopes alive tonight at Jock Harty Arena at 7 p.m. in the historic Carr-Harris Cup against RMC. Queen’s needs a win and two U of T losses to Ryerson next weekend to qualify for the playoffs. Queen’s sits one point behind U of T in the standings with one game remaining.Continue...

Curlers compete at junior nationals

Queen’s curling may have limited exposure on campus, but three Queen’s students are making the case that it’s not for lack of talent.

Two weeks ago Lisa Farnell, Sci ’08, Kim Brown, BMus ’08 and Jeff Grant, Sci ’09, represented Ontario at the National Junior Curling Championships.

With an 8-5 record, the Ontario junior men’s team on which Grant is the vice lost a close 7-6 semifinal to Alberta. Grant curled 71 per cent in the semis.Continue...

Women’s hockey falls into tie for third

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. The Queen’s Golden Gaels women’s hockey team was rewarded for its perseverance this past weekend, as they beat the York Lions 3-0 on Sunday following a 5-2 loss to the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday afternoon.

Six teams make the playoffs within the format of OUA women’s hockey, and with just seven points separating second-place Brock and eighth-place Western, every game has become crucial as teams vie for playoff positioning.Continue...

Hometown heroes give back to Kingston

Hometown hockey heroes Kirk Muller and Doug Gilmour brought a few old friends down to Market Square on Saturday to lace up their skates and enjoy some shinny hockey while raising money for the Kingston Boys and Girls Club.Continue...

Journal Athletes of the Week

The playoff stretch is a high-intensity time for goalies. Now imagine the intensity when you are put into the net for the home stretch as a first-year player, with only six OUA starts under your belt.

Melissa John, this week’s female Athlete of the Week, did exactly that. Playing in just her seventh and eighth games, John gave up just two goals in two games this weekend. A first-year Commerce student, John made 21 saves in the Gaels’ 3-1 victory over York and made 29 saves, many of them game-saving ones, against the University of Toronto in a 1-1 tie.Continue...

Men’s hockey’s playoff hopes fading

On the road in Montreal, the Gaels were hoping to rebound after a difficult overtime loss last weekend against Ryerson. However, with the McGill Redmen sitting at a near-perfect 13-1, the Gaels knew they had their hands full if they wanted to pull out a victory on Saturday.Continue...

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