Sports, Varsity Round UP

Varsity Round-Up: Feb. 14-18


After dominating all season long, McGill Swimming excelled again this weekend at the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Provincial championship. Earning over 1,100 points and 33 medals combined, including 19 gold, Redbirds and Martlets left little for their competitors. In 2023, McGill became the first team to win all three categories for three consecutive years, and they broke their own record this season,winning it for a fourth time.  

Claiming the new RSEQ standard in the men’s 4×50-metre freestyle relay, Pablo Collin, Hazem Issa, Bruno Dehem-Lemelin and Mathieu Ionescoux-Tremblay overrode the previous McGill record established in 2021, completing the feat in one minute and 29.09 seconds. 

With four medals, third-year software engineering student Naomie Lo was crowned athlete of the meet, alongside senior engineering student Hazem Issa, who tied with senior Elizabeth Ling to be the most decorated athlete of the meet with five gold medals. 

Closing the RSEQ championship on a victorious note, rookie Mats Baradat was crowned Athlete of the Year and Rookie of the Year after stellar performances on 1500m and 4x200m relay during the season. 

McGill will be hosting the USPORTS National Championships on March 7 to 9 at Pointe Claire.

Martlet Hockey (5–18–2)

Martlet Hockey were edged 2-1 by the Carleton Ravens (18–16–1) in overtime on Feb. 16 at McConnell Arena. This defeat marked the end of the season for both sides, as well as the Ravens’s last ever game in the RSEQ as they are set to move to the Ontario University Athletics along with UOttawa Gee Gees for next season. Finishing last place, it was a challenging season for a young McGill squad. The team has been rebuilding for the last two seasons after their run to U SPORTS Nationals in the 2021-2022 season, and hope that the challenges of the last two years will propel them back into playoff contention in 2024-2025. 

Martlet Basketball (5–10)

Martlet basketball was defeated by the Concordia Stingers (6–9) on Feb. 17 at Love Competition Hall. While the Stingers only led 18-15 at the end of the first quarter, McGill was unable to close the gap, and lost 76-59. While McGill was outclassed, exciting freshmen Lily Rose Chatila led the scoring with 10, and Seyna Diggs and Daniella Mbengo bagged nine points apiece. 

Martlet Basketball (5-10) will be hosting undefeated Laval Rouge et Or (15-0) in the last game of the regular season at Love Competition Hall on Feb. 24. This is also the Martlet senior night.

Redbirds Basketball (3–12)

Last-place McGill Redbirds prevailed over the league-leading Concordia Stingers (11–4) to claim the Lengvari Cup in a 83-81 thriller that went right to the buzzer. Co-captain Sean Hercovitch scored 11 points and made 14 assists, breaking the school record for most assists in a single game (10) which had stood since 2009. This is the fourth year in a row that McGill have won the Lengvari Cup, only losing the initial iteration of the competition. This victory is not only a significant morale-booster, but also jeopardizes Concordia’s first-place position. 

The Redbirds (3-12) play their final game of the season against fourth-placed Laval (6-10) on Feb. 24 at Love Competition Hall.

Martlet’s Volleyball (15–6)

On the heels of a dominating 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-15) win against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees (10–11), the Martlets hosted the first place Université de Montreal Carabins (17–4) for their final game of the regular season. Despite being their first home loss all season, the ultimate 0-3 (16-25, 15-25, 19-25) loss for the Martlets was a big one as it occurred on their Senior Appreciation Day. With co-captain Victoria Iannotti sidelined with a cold, the Martlets were no match for the Carabins as they boasted 44 kills and only 12 errors on 98 attempts while McGill had just 24 kills and 18 errors on 98 chances. To add insult to injury, McGill posted a season low .061 hitting percentage while the Carabins dominated with a .327 success rate. 
Finishing second overall in the RSEQ standings, the Martlets will kick off the playoffs with a best-of-three semifinal series against Sherbrooke Vert et Or that is yet to be scheduled. McGill finished the season ninth overall in the USPORTS women’s volleyball rankings.

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