Bisport student-athlete Jenica Swartz had an amazing weekend with the RDP Queens football team and the Queens long-distance running team. Last Friday, the BSc student – Medicine scored 11 times against the visiting Ambrose University Lions, setting an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) single game goalscoring record. The previous record was seven goals in one game. This impressive contribution helped RDP Queens beat the Lions 22-0, earning Swartz the North Star Sports Queens Player of the Game.
Then in the # 2 Running Room Grand Prix on Saturday, Swartz (25:36) placed second among the ACAC runners over 6 km. With this fantastic result, the first-year runner from Lacombe helped the Red Deer Polytechnic cross-country racing team win the combined team trophy, which considered the Kings and Queens top three times. RDP Queens took third place.
After Grand Prix # 2 in Camrose, Swartz joined the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens soccer team in the second half of their 8-1 win over the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings. It was the Queens third straight win.
Jayden Wildcat – Kings Cross Country Race
Hometown – Maskwacis, AB
Open studies (1st year)
Jayden Wildcat was very impressive in his first year of his career with ACAC. Last Saturday, the open studies student was a key contributor to the Red Deer Polytechnic long-distance running team by winning the combined team trophy at the Running Room Grand Prix 2. The Maskwacis Wildcat (29:52) finished seventh among the male ACAC participants over 8 km, less than a second behind veteran teammate Devin Saunders. This performance at Camrose was even more remarkable with the unavailability of Daniel Szucs, who is one of the leaders of the Kings. Wildcat’s contributions helped the RDP Kings Cross Country Running team take second place as a group after losing the tiebreaker to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks for first place. Both teams had 40 points, but the Kodiaks ‘fourth runner finished one position ahead of the Kings’ fourth runner.
With the recent recognition of the National Truth and Reconciliation Day, Wildcat brought the RDP long-distance running team orange ribbons, which were provided by his grandmother. The student-athletes and coaches found it to be a special and meaningful experience.
This week at Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics
Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens Soccer will play their last two regular season games, as both teams look to move up the standings ahead of the playoffs.
Here’s a rundown of what’s happening this week in the conference game:
Queens Football | Friday October 8 | 2pm | RDP main field
In the final home game of the regular season, the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens soccer team (3-1-0) will face the undefeated SAIT Trojans (4-0-0). Jenica Swartz’s 13 goals lead Queens and the league. Grace Smith of Sylvan Lake is tied for the second most assists in ACAC women’s soccer with five.
Meaghan Wiebe leads the Trojans with nine goals, including two winners.
In four games, the Queens outscored their opponents 35-5.
SAIT (4-0-0) and Lethbridge College (4-1-0) lead the ACAC Women’s Soccer South Division with 12 points. The RDP Queens (3-1-0) and Medicine Hat College Rattlers (3-2-0) fight for third place with nine points each. The Queens have a game in hand. The top six teams from each division will advance to the playoffs.
Queens Football | Sunday October 10 | 2pm | Medicine Hat College
The Queens (3-1-0) will face the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (3-2-0) in the South in their final game of the regular season.
Maisa Rebello launches the Rattlers offensive. In five games, she has 10 goals and three assists.
Football Kings | Friday October 8 | 4 p.m. RDP main field
Second-place Red Deer Polytechnic Kings (3-0-1) soccer team will host SAIT first-seeded Trojans (4-0-0) in battle for first place in Southern Soccer Division male from ACAC.
Brazilian Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto ranks second in league scorers with seven goals. Kings goalie Jared St Thomas, a freshman in kinesiology, fitness and health, shares the best save percentage (0.900) in ACAC men’s soccer with Zach Black of NAIT.
The Kings’ defensive play and goaltending were strong, allowing just two goals.
After four games, the Kings have 10 points in the standings. Trojans have 12 points. The top six teams from each division will advance to the playoffs.
Football Kings | Sunday October 10 | 4 p.m. Medicine Hat College
The RDP Kings (3-0-1) will face the Rattlers (2-3) in fourth place to complete the regular season schedule.
For more information on RDP Athletics, student-athletes and teams, please visit: rdcathletics.ca.