Rugby Sevens won a historic Gold medal as Team BC picked up thirteen medals on Wednesday for a total of 42 medals, moving to second in the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games standings.
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Day 5 Highlights:
- BC captured 10 medals in swimming events, including 5 gold medals
- Rugby Sevens won the first Canada Summer Games gold medal in the sport
- Wrestling women and men earned gold and silver, respectively, in the team event against Ontario
- Softball walked it off against Ontario in an important game
The Team BC men’s baseball team pulled off a 10-0 mercy against Saskatchewan in five innings. They finished first in their pool and will advance directly to the semifinals against Alberta on Friday at 4 p.m.
Baseball (M) vs Saskatchewan - 10-0 win (5 innings)
The men’s basketball team for BC dominated the Northwest Territories 123-36 in their qualification game and will advance to the quarterfinals. They will face Saskatchewan in the quarters on Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
Basketball (M) vs Northwest Territories - 123-36 win
Cycling - Mountain Bike
The BC women’s mountain bike relay team finished in fourth place with a time of 44:52, just 10 seconds shy of finishing in the bronze position.
The men’ s team also had a strong race, posting personal best lap times and battling with Ontario to take bronze before being disqualified for a misunderstanding on the course.
Mountain Bike Relay (F) - Fourth Place - 44:52
Mountain Bike Relay (M) - DQ
The Team BC women’s box lacrosse team was victorious against Quebec in their quarterfinal game with a final score of 8-1.
“I’m proud of the team,” said Kiera Scott (Coquitlam). “We had a rough start to the tournament but we’ve picked it up and connected together as a group, and getting to know each other more has really helped us. Hopefully we keep going up from here.”
The team will advance to the semifinal game against Alberta on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Box Lacrosse (F) vs Quebec - 8-1 win
The BC Women’s Rugby team defeated Team Ontario 22-7 in the semifinals to qualify for the gold medal game, where they went on to shut out Team Quebec 38-0 to bring home the gold medal for Team BC.
In the final, Team BC scored 1:19 into the first half on a run by Sienna Stignant. That try was followed by one from Katie Foss to help BC head into the half with the score at 12- 0. The west coast team came out dominant in the second half, scoring 21 consecutive points to end the game with a 38-0 victory. The remaining trys were scored by Adia Pye (2), Skye Farish, and Katie Foss. Lucie Romeo added the converts.
“It’s been a little long time coming, and so it’s really great to be able to experience this with this group of athletes,” said Head Coach Darcy Patterson. “They just like to have fun, and when they’re having fun you know that they’re going out there and play well.”
“It feels surreal,” said Lucie Romeo. “This is our first competition together and it’s just awesome. We just had the best time ever together.“
Rugby Sevens (F) vs Ontario - 22-7 win
Rugby Sevens (F) vs Quebec - 38-0 win Gold Medal Game
The women’s softball team for BC went into extra innings tied 1-1 versus Ontario today in their first qualification game, and managed to pull off a 3-2 victory. They will play their second qualification game against Quebec on Thursday at 3 p.m. for a spot in the Gold Medal game.
Softball (F) vs Ontario - 3-2 win (extra innings)
A ten-medal day was highlighted by a trio of Gold medals from Peter Huang (Coquitlam), Thomas Caruso (Lindell Beach), and the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay team of Paul Orogo (New Westminster), Kristofer Hulten (Victoria), Bill Dongfang (Shanghai), and Laon Kim.
“I thought it was pretty good but I could’ve gone a little faster,” said Caruso, who won the Men's 200m backstroke. “The third 50 meters was really strong and I think that’s what put me ahead.”
“I visualised how I wanted my race to go and how I wanted to go out,” said Huang (who won the Men’s 200m Freestyle). “I didn’t want to spend too much effort going out but still go out at a fast speed. I kept my head down, finished the race and felt good when I finished the race.”
Full Medal Results
Men’s 200m Freestyle - Peter Huang - GOLD - 1:54.31
Men’s 200m Backstroke - Thomas Caruso - GOLD - 2:07.13
Men’s 200m Backstroke - Paul Orogo - SILVER - 2:09.09
Men’s 100m (SB4-9,11-14) Breaststroke Para - Cameron Chambers - SILVER - 465 points
Women’s 50m Backstroke Special Olympics - Bonnie-Jean Shade - SILVER - 45.79
Men’s 50m Backstroke Special Olympics - Ramon Siytangco - SILVER - 36.32
Women’s 100m Butterfly - Leila Fack - SILVER - 1:01.38
Men’s 100m Butterfly - Bill Dongfang - SILVER - 55.70
Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay
Natascha Borromeo, Nathalie Day, Leila Fack, Julia Strojnowska
BRONZE - 4:19.23
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay
Paul Orogo, Kristofer Hulten, Bill Dongfang, Laon Kim
GOLD - 3:52.23
BC’s mixed tennis team won their last preliminary round tie 4 matches to 2 against Team Alberta. They finished second in their pool just behind Quebec, and will advance to the quarterfinals where they will play against New Brunswick on Thursday at 10 a.m.
“Hopefully we can just build on that momentum,” said head coach Graeme Kassautzki. “Heading into the final playoffs we need to keep them mentally focused on what they need to do.”
Tennis (mixed) vs Alberta - 4-2 win
The women’s wrestling team defeated New Brunswick 43-5 and Saskatchewan 35-15 in the preliminary rounds to earn a spot in the gold medal duel. They went on to defeat Ontario 27-22 to win a gold medal for Team BC.
“I’m so proud of all the girls who worked really hard for the past couple of months and I’m really happy on how we performed off and on the mat,” said Rupinder Johal (Abbotsford) after winning the gold medal. “It is an amazing experience to be here with the team and winning gold. I’m so proud of them and I think we did an amazing job.”
“I’m really happy for our athletes,” said coach Sukhan Chahal. “We do have a very strong team, but we respected every opponent that we had. The mentality was just take it one match at a time, we didn't look to the final[s], we didn't look past our opponents.”
“Rupinder at the end, she’s our leader, our flag bearer, and we knew she could bring it home,'' added Chahal. “When some of our girls lost she was awesome at getting the group together and getting their spirits up.”
On the men’s side, Team BC won against New Brunswick 35-12 and against Quebec 25-21 to secure a spot in the gold medal duel. They picked up a silver medal after a 32-16 loss against Ontario.
I’m proud that the team got together because this is probably the closest ever that BC got to winning [the] Canada Summer Games,” said Karan Mahil. “Hopefully in the next four years, BC will get the win.”
Wrestling (F) vs New Brunswick - 43-5 win
Wrestling (F) vs Sastchewan - 35-15 win
Wrestling (F) vs Ontario - 27-22 win - Gold Medal Duel
Wrestling (M) vs New Brunswick 35-12 win
Wrestling (M) vs Quebec 25-21 win
Wrestling (M) vs Ontario - 32-16 loss - Gold Medal Duel
Day 6 Tentative Schedule (August 11)
8:30am - Basketball (F) vs. Ontario - Quarterfinal
10:00am - Tennis (Mixed) vs. New Brunswick - Quarterfinal
10:24am - Swimming - Prelims
10:30am - Wrestling - Individual Competition
10:45am - Basketball (M) vs. Saskatchewan - Quarterfinal
12:00pm - Triathlon (M) - Supersprint Final // Medal Opportunity
1:00pm - Triathlon (F) - Supersprint Final // Medal Opportunity
2:00pm - Box Lacrosse (F) vs. Alberta - Semifinal
3:00pm - Softball (F) vs. Quebec - Qualification
3:00pm - Beach Volleyball (F) vs. TBD - Quarterfinal
4:30pm - Beach Volleyball (M) vs. TBD - Quarterfinal
4:30pm - Soccer (M) vs. Yukon - Qualification
6:00pm - Swimming - Finals // Medal Opportunity