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Top Ten Update: Swimming Joins National Rankings

Tuesday November 12, 2013
Richard A. Whittaker

This week’s CIS Top Ten rankings feature five Gee-Gees teams, including the men’s and women’s swim teams who enter the national rankings at no. 10 and no. 8, respectively. In addition, the women’s basketball team moves up one spot to the no. 9 position, while men’s basketball and women’s volleyball retain their rankings from last week.

The men’s basketball team remains the no. 3 ranked team in the country following their 2-0 weekend. The Gee-Gees are one of five teams in the national rankings with a 4-0 record to start the season, and are also one of five OUA teams on the list. Of that, an amazing four teams from the OUA East are ranked this week: no. 1 Carleton, 4-0, no. 6 Ryerson, 3-1, and no. 10 Laurentian, 4-0. Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel is currently tied for the national scoring lead, averaging 26.5 points per game.

The women’s volleyball team remains the no. 8 ranked squad in the country, holding steady for the third straight week. Ottawa also features a national scoring standout in volleyball with Myriam English ranked third in the nation in points per set. The Gee-Gees are 5-1 and one of just two Ontario teams to crack the national rankings this year.

Two weekend wins lifted the women’s basketball team up one spot to no. 9 this week. The 3-1 Gee-Gees will be tested this coming week when they travel to St. Catharine’s, Ont. to meet the no. 7 ranked Brock Badgers, who are undefeated to start the season.

The no. 8 ranking for the women’s swim team is a step up from last season’s opening ranking of tenth position, while the men were featured as high as seventh last season. Both squads will travel to Guelph this coming weekend to compete at the OUA’s Stratten Divisional Championships.