Women's swimming student-athlete, Luella Ocon and men's volleyball student-athlete, Chris Komishon have been named the Smitty's Bison Sports Athletes of the Week for the week ending January 29/12.
At the completion of the 2012 Canada West Swimming Championship at University of Alberta in Edmonton from January 27-29, the Manitoba Bisons women’s swim team finished in fifth spot with 218 points (85 points better than last season conference championship total).
One of the top Bison women’s swimmers was rookie Luella Ocon as she tied for the highest placing for a Manitoba swimmer at the conference championship. She made a final swim with a seventh place in the 100m backstroke (1:12.64). In addition, Ocon also won ‘B’ Finals and finished in ninth spot in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:40.00.
Ocon had three top 10 individual performances (most by a Bison swimmer) in the three day meet with a tenth finish in the 50m breaststroke in a time of 33.66. She was also part of women’s 4x100m medley relay that finished fifth in a time of 4:30.78
The Winnipeg native has already qualified for the 2012 CIS Swimming Championships from February 23-25 at the University of Manitoba.
For Bison swimming, there is one more meet before the CIS Nationals. They whole team will swim at the Western Championships at the Pan Am Pool from the February 16-19.
In a battle of No. 1 CIS ranked and No. 2 ranked men’s volleyball teams, the #2 Manitoba Bisons earned a home split against #1 Trinity Western Spartans during the Jan. 27-28 weekend. Manitoba handed TWU their first loss of the 2011-12 season.
In addition, the Bisons 3-0 win over Trinity Western on Friday, January 27 made Bison men’s volleyball head coach Garth Pischke accomplish another milestone with his 1200th career coaching victory in his 31st year at the helm of the Bisons. His overall coaching record now stands at 1200-324.
Second year setter Chris Komishon contributed with two strong matches in the close weekend encounter. He controlled the Bisons with 62 assists, 16 digs, four blocks and one service ace in six sets.
In the 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17) victory on Friday, Jan. 27, the Winnipeg native had a team-high 29 assists and team-high seven digs along with two total blocks and a service ace in starting and playing all three sets. The next night, Komishon registered team-high 33 assists, nine digs and two total blocks in a tight 3-0 (26-28, 24-26, 22-25) loss.
Manitoba (14-2) with play a home-and-home series at #10 Winnipeg (7-11) on Wed., Feb. 1 and then return home on Sat., Feb. 4 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre (U of Manitoba campus) starting at 8 p.m. CT.