Recap: The Gee-Gees winter season

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2022

The Gee-Gees started off 2022 with a pause in competition and training due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, but when they hit play…they were ready. They adapted and overcame once again, making #GGnation proud.  

Swimmer cheering in the pool


The Gee-Gees swim team walked away from the RSEQ championships with an impressive THIRTY-SEVEN medals! 9 swimmers were named RSEQ First Team all-stars while 13 were named Second Team All-Stars, for a total of 22 all-stars! Hugo Lemesle and Alex Perreault then raced their way to national bronze medals at the U SPORTS Championships in Quebec City, while Malorie Kanaan received national recognition for her community contributions. Congratulations to this whole team on another impressive season! 

Team photo - track and field

Track and Field 

With limited access to indoor facilities, the Gee-Gees got creative with training this year. They trained without a track for much of their indoor season and somehow still achieved impressive performances this winter! At the OUA Championship, Sydney Smith won gold in the 600m, while Thomas Senechal-Becker earned a silver in the high jump. A total of 6 Gee-Gees represented uOttawa at the 2022 U SPORTS championships across the 600m, 4x400m, shot put and high jump!

Basketball player huddle

Men’s Basketball 

Men’s basketball was the #3 ranked team in the country for most of the season! They showed great strength and consistency throughout the season and unfortunately narrowly missed out on a spot at Nationals. Guillaume Pépin, Maxime Boursiquot were named OUA All-Stars, while Cole Newton and Quincy Louis-Jeune received recognition on the All-Rookie team. Boursiquot was also recognized for his lock-down defence, as he was also named the OUA East Defensive Player of the Year! 

Team photo - basketball

Women’s Basketball  

Women’s basketball logged another impressive season! After beating Carleton in the Bytown Battle, their season was unfortunately cut short in the OUA quarterfinal round of playoffs. For their outstanding seasons, Brigitte Lefevbre-Okanku and Natsuki Szczokin earned OUA All-Star honours, while Nadine Katumbayi was named to the All-Rookie team. On top of being named to the OUA All-Star team, Brigitte received the Joy Bellinger Award for the OUA AND the Sylvia Sweeney Award at the national level. Brigitte was named OUA East MVP, became a First Team All-Canadian, while also recognized being recognized as a U SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian. We’re thinking she may need a bigger trophy case. Congratulations to this team on all their hard work!  

Hockey player huddle

Men’s Hockey 

Men’s hockey fought hard this season and earned a spot in the playoffs. The Gee-Gees unfortunately fel to Nipissing in the first round of playoffs. Nicolas Mattinen, Yvan Mongo, and Nicolas Ouellet were all recognized by the OUA. Mattinen was also named OUA East/Far East Defenceman of the Year and MVP, as well as U SPORTS Defenseman of the Year and an All-Canadian at the national level. We are proud of this team for their efforts and can’t wait to see them back on the ice next year! 

Hockey players smiling

Women’s Hockey 

The Gee-Gees women’s hockey team battled all season long overcoming adversity along the way. Schedule changes and game postponements were some of the many challenges the team faced. Despite everything, they earned a berth in the RSEQ playoffs and had a tough back-and-forth series with McGill including a win on home ice. After McGill took the series, they ended their season in the bronze medal semifinals against Bishop’s. Christine Deaudelin and Mahika Sarrazin both received RSEQ recognition, and the Gee-Gees team helped raised over $4000 for the Mélisa Kingsley Memorial Scholarship! 

soccer player

Women’s Soccer 

Back-to-back undefeated regular seasons for the Gee-Gees in 2021-22. After winning all games in the OUA fall regular season, the women’s soccer team took to the field again for the RSEQ indoor league this winter, winning each of their games! We can’t wait to see what they will do in the fall! 

Volleyball huddle

Women’s volleyball 

The women’s volleyball team kept their spirits high and wrapped up their season in late February. Tristan Peterson led the team in points and kills this year, being named an RSEQ All-Star for the first time in her career! Peterson joins a graduating class that includes Magalie Frappier Robin Melnick. Strong play from some of the team's rookies late in the season gives the program plenty of optimism heading into the summer.

Ski team with Gee-Gee banner

Nordic skiing

The Gee-Gees Nordiq skiing team shined at the OUA Championships where the women`s team won the relay event, came second overall at the championships and Magalie Daoust earned a silver medal in the 10km skate event. Magalie Daoust, Zoe Pekos, Erin Dunn and Edward Southward were all named OUA all-stars and Sheila Kealey received the title of OUA Coach of the year! The Gee-Gees were also well represented at the Canadian XC Ski Nationals and Canadian Colleges and Universities National Championships where Zoe Pekos, Shilo Rousseau, Magalie Daoust, Erin Dunn and Emma Archibald all brought home hardware and skied their way to a 2nd place overall team finish for the Gee-Gees!

The rest of our competitive club teams were also back in action this winter! Many athletes earned all-star recognition, stood on podiums and saw their hard work pay off!

To keep up with the action next year, be sure to follow the Gee-Gees on social media!

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