The University of Ottawa now has four teams ranked in the CIS Top Ten poll as 2016 begins. Thanks to strong exhibition performances in December the women’s basketball team jumped into the no. 9 position this week, marking the team’s first ranking of the year. The men’s basketball team, women’s hockey team, and men’s swimming team also feature in the rankings this week.
Ottawa’s women’s basketball team holds a 13-3 overall record against CIS teams this season and came up with big wins over Windsor and no. 7 McMaster while competing at Laval’s Holiday tournament. The Gee-Gees join three other OUA teams in the Top Ten and hold a one game lead over the Carleton Ravens in the OUA North Division. Ottawa will take on the Ravens on Saturday, January 16 at Carleton with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. The garnet and grey won all three games between the rivals last season.
The men’s basketball team saw its results at the Laval Holiday tournament impact its ranking as well, slipping from the no. 1 spot down to no. 3. The Gee-Gees hold a 17-2 overall record heading into Saturday’s game with Carleton, which took over the no. 1 spot. Neither team has been beaten in regular season play and Carleton holds a 12-1 overall record. Ottawa was ranked no. 1 coming out of the preseason and held the spot for five polls.
Women’s hockey (8-4-0) continued its strong season with a win over Concordia on Sunday, helping to lift the team one spot in the rankings this week to no. 9. The Gee-Gees also defeated the previous no. 9 team, St-FX, during exhibition action last week. Ottawa is one of three RSEQ teams ranked in the top ten, and will travel to meet no. 2 ranked Montreal on Sunday to battle for first place in the RSEQ standings.
The men’s swimming team ranks fifth this week and December swims made an impact in the rankings. Second-year Montana Champagne had a strong swim in the 200-metre butterfly at the Ontario Junior Invitational which ranks second in the nation and Robert Bonomo also has a second-ranked time in the 200-metre IM. Fifth-year Connor Michie is also making an impact, registering a top ten time in the 200-metre breaststroke at the Gatineau Grand Prix.