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Rye sports tour

By Sean Fitz-Gerald

So you’re new at Ryerson and you’re wondering what kind of sports we have besides “dodge the druggie” and “pimping for dollars”?

Despite the rumours, Ryerson does have a few competitive varsity teams. Last year the men’s basketball squad finished a respectable 19-13, which was good enough to get them into the playoffs against top-ranked Laurentian Voyageurs. The Rams kept it close, but fell eventually 75-84.

Although they’ve lost graduating all-star Scott Belasco, the men’s team hopes to be competitive again this year.

The women’s basketball team underachieved last season, finishing with a league record of 9-23. But with most of the players returning, their record should improve.

The men’s volleyball team is worth a visit to Kerr gym. Last season they didn’t seem to care about what was happening on the court, but the Rams were still good enough to make the playoffs.

This year also promises to be an exciting one for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams. After an embarrassing 0-11 season last season, coach Lavernne Hudson believes that her women’s team can crawl out of the basement and possibly challenge for a playoff spot. Varsity men’s coach Stuart Miller is setting his sights on the playoffs, which would be a first for men’s soccer. But to do so they must improve on last year’s 3-6-3 record.

Swimming provided unexpected excitement with Marie-Claire Ross competing in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union championships at Brock University. Ross, who is legally blind, is now ranked 11th in Canada in the 50 metre fly with a time of 29.84 seconds.

But that’s not all, sports fans. If none of these games will get you to roar and smear paint on your face, Ryerson also fields teams for hockey, badminton, squash, fencing and figure skating.

So if you’re tired of playing “count the bums” with your friends, head down to the athletics office and pick up a season schedule. Or if you are highly motivated call the athletics office at 979-5340 to find out when tryouts begin.

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