After being ranked no. 2 in the nation for 17 straight CIS Top Ten polls, the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team is now number one. The Gee-Gees are also ranked in women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming, and men’s track and field this week.
Ottawa reaches the zenith in men’s basketball following its 68-66 win over the now no. 2 ranked Carleton Ravens on Saturday, which left the garnet and grey as the country’s lone undefeated team. Although the Gee-Gees had the no. 1 seed at last year’s CIS Final 8 tournament, this week marks the first time in program history that the squad has topped the weekly rankings poll. In addition to the 17 weeks spent at no. 2, the Gee-Gees were previously ranked no. 3 for four consecutive polls, totalling 22 weeks in the CIS top three dating back to February of 2013.
The women’s volleyball team made a big move this week, up three spots to no. 7 following strong exhibition performances against RSEQ competition including a 3-2 loss against no. 3 Montreal. Ottawa also added a sweep of the Lakehead Thunderwolves this week, improving its record to 9-3. The OUA-leading Toronto Varsity Blues held steady this week at no. 4.
In the first track and field rankings of the year the Gee-Gee men are ranked no. 10. The squad returns CIS bronze medalist Mohamed Souleiman in the distance events while second-year Justin Cameron ranks sixth in the 600m and first-year Steve Nkusi has already posted a CIS qualifier in high jump, clearing 2.05 metres on December 20 at the Dome Super Saturday event. uOttawa’s 4x400 metre relay team, a traditional strength, currently ranks third in the nation.
The men’s and women’s swim teams hold steady at no. 10 and no. 8, respectively, heading into a big weekend of competition at the Ontario Cup, hosted by the University of Toronto. The Gee-Gees will host the OUA Championships February 5-7 at Montpetit Hall