January 17-18th, 2004




The Ravens neared the end of their impressive regular season by traveling to Queen’s University for an invitational competition. Competing against University of Ottawa, York and Queen’s, the Ravens were able to win the men’s division and place well on the women’s side. The first day’s events were highlighted by the CIS qualification of Krista Boegel in a second event (50 breaststroke) as well as wins by Keegan Harris (200 breaststroke) and John Mills (100 Backstroke). After 8 events, the women’s team had strong showing with 19 points, led by Krista Boegel’s win in the 200m Breaststroke; while the men were in a tight race for the lead, trailing first place Queen’s by four, with third place Ottawa only three points behind.


The second day started with a bang as John Mills swam to a new varsity record in the 50m butterfly. The swim, Mills’ second varsity record of the year, gave the Ravens its third gold medal of the meet and pushed the men’s team ahead of Queens by one point. Brandon Crawford maintained the momentum by winning the next event, the 200 freestyle. The men’s team never looked back and with further contributions from Mills (1st, 50m Backstroke), Keegan Harris (2nd, 100m breaststroke and 1500m freestyle) and team captain Trevor McLoughlin (3rd, 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley) they were able to win by a comfortable 20 points over second place Queens. Other scorers for the ravens included Brock Clayden, Brandon VanDyk, John Scroggie, and Mark Blenkinsop.  Also scoring points was rookie Nathan Churchill, who swam every grueling event, totaling 3900m!


The women hung on to collect a great 39 points despite, as usual, being significantly outnumbered. Paola Osorio scored in the 400m freestyle as well as the 100m butterfly to help team captain Krista Boegel, who swam every event except the 200m butterfly!

The Ravens are now gearing up for the big meet of the season, OUA championships, hosted by the University of Ottawa, February 13-15.