Basketball player Dele Ogundokun and hockey’s Melodie Daoust were named male and female athletes of the year, respectively, at the 40th annual McGill varsity sports awards gala on April 9.
Daniel Benaroche of Montreal scored 12 points as the visiting McGill men’s rugby team rallied from an early seven-point deficit to outwit, outlast and outplay Harvard 45-12 in the Covo Cup challenge game, played in wintery conditions more befitting a game of Survivor, at Mignone Field, in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday.
Despite outshooting their opponent 41-26, the McGill Martlets were beaten 2-1 by the Alberta Pandas for the U SPORTS national championship on Sunday.
Alex Kiss-Rusk registered a reverse “double-double” as the McGill women’s basketball team captured the Bronze Baby Trophy for their first-ever national championship with a 66-55 victory over Laval, Sunday. Somewhere James Naismith is smiling.
Saturday turned out to be a banner day for McGill Athletics – as in championship banner – as no fewer than three varsity sports teams combined to complete a record-breaking hat-trick, each winning provincial championships on the same day in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec.
McGill rallied from a sub-par showing in the preliminary round to capture the Geraldine Dubrule Trophy as champions of the Canadian University Synchronized Swim League (CUSSL), Sunday. It marked McGill’s fourth consecutive CUSSL title and 14th overall in 16 years since the league was formed in 2001-02.
The McGill synchronized swimming team is enjoying a stretch of dominance on water rivalled only perhaps by the 19th Century British Royal Navy. This weekend, the synchro team has its sights set on winning its fourth-straight National championship.
The McGill swim team won six races and surpassed all expectations by finishing second overall in the combined women’s and men’s standings at the RSEQ championships, a three-day meet that wrapped up Sunday at the Centre PEPS on the campus of Université Laval.
Gillian Florence, a McGill graduate and stellar national team player, is among seven inaugural inductees selected for the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame.
Recently, the McGill Reporter spoke to two of McGill’s most successful student-athletes – Olympian Dori Yeats and Top Eight Academic All-Canadian François Jarry – to find out how they handle the enormous demands placed upon them.