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Top Ten Update: Soccer, Football and Cross Country drive into playoff season
Wednesday, October 29 2014

The women’s soccer team reclaims the top ranking in the nation this weekend with a high-energy 1-0 victory against the Queen’s Gaels. The men’s swimming team climbs up five spots following the Laurentian Tri-Meet to no. 3 while other Gee-Gee varsity programs are recognized for the first time this season in the Top Ten.

Keeper Cynthia Leblanc of the Gee-Gees soccer team hustled hard to make eight saves vs. Queen’s while teammate Julia Francki worked on offence and scored the vital goal in the first half. This victory grants the Ottawa Gee-Gees (16-1-0) a spot in the OUA semifinal on Saturday, November 1st when they are set to battle the no. 4 Laurier Golden Hawks (13-1-3).

Men’s swimming takes hold of the no. 3 position in the CIS Top Ten this week thanks to the competition against the Voyageurs and Warriors this weekend. Robert Bonomo and Sam Mclean speckled the top spots in various events including the 100m backstroke as well as the 50 and 100m butterfly while Montana Champagne achieved qualifying times in the 200 IM and 400 IM for the CIS Championships.

The women’s team hold their no. 6 ranking as Nicole Lachance qualified for CIS in the 800m freestyle. The University of Ottawa is hosting a meet on October 31 showcasing 28 events. The competition is scheduled for 4:30p.m. in Montpetit pavilion.

Qualifying for the CIS finals last Saturday, the women’s cross country team is now ranked no. 10 in Canada. Fourth-year Isabelle Kanz came in 20th place while OUA Rookie of the Year Katie Phillips dashed into 29th place. The athletes will race for the last time this season on Saturday, November 8th in hopes of capturing national standing at the CIS Championship in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

Football barrels into the ranking this week rounding out the Top Ten after an exemplary performance on Saturday. uOttawa athlete of the week Lewis Ward went 5-for-5 on field goals at Gee-Gees Field and converted three points contributing a total 18 points. Ottawa celebrated a 38-18 win against the previously unblemished no. 4 McMaster record. The OUA quarter-final is to be held at Alumni Field in Windsor on Saturday, November 1 at 1p.m.

The men’s basketball team enters the Top Ten this week sitting in the second rank bested only by the Carleton Ravens, although Ottawa received two first place votes. The squad displays an impressive 8-1 pre-season record and awaits the regular season home opener on November 7.

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