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Wog, Spriggs Named Athletes Of The Week

WINNIPEG, MB — Bisons Kelsey Wog and Byron Spriggs have been named the Athletes of the Week.

Kelsey Wog

Swimming – Breaststroke, freestyle events

  • Height: 5’7″
  • Year: 1
  • Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
  • Previous Team: Junior Bisons
  • Faculty: Agricultural & Food Sciences

At the 2016-17 Canada West Swimming Championship at the University of Alberta in Edmonton from November 25-27, the Manitoba Bisons swim teams had strong performances but the strongest was the amazing debut of Bison rookie women’s swimmer Kelsey Wog.

She earned three individual gold medal plus set two new championships meet records and also finished in second place while being selected as Canada West Women Rookie of the Meet.

Wog, 18, won the women’s 50m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke titles in championship record time.

On day one, Wog won the 50m breaststroke in a new championship time of 30.54 and beat her nearest competitor by .44 second.

On day two on Saturday, the Bison rookie continued her dominance with a championship meet record of 1:06.30 in the 100 breaststroke – beat nearest competitor by 1.03 seconds.

With the victories, the Winnipeg native also earned 2016-17 Canada West First Team All-Star (her first conference first team honours).

On day three, the Winnipeg native earned her third title with a first place in the 100m freestyle (54.88) and a close second in the 200m breaststroke (2:24.65) plus swam on all three relay teams during the three day meet.

In the overall team standings, the Bison women’s swim team finished in seventh spot with 188 points in the eight team event.

Byron Spriggs

Hockey – Goaltender

  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 193 pounds
  • Year: 3
  • Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
  • Previous Team: Winnipeg Blues
  • Faculty: Management

In a crucial home weekend series for the Manitoba Bisons in the 2016-17 Canada West conference men’s hockey regular season, Bison third year goaltender Byron Spriggs backstopped Manitoba with 75 total saves.

He only allowed four games while Manitoba earned three of four potential points during the two games against #2 Saskatchewan Huskies from Nov. 25-26.

In the first game on Fri., Nov. 25, Spriggs made 33 saves and selected third star while he kept the Bisons in the contest throughout (especially in the first two periods when Saskatchewan fired 25 shots) as the Bisons gained a point in a tough 2-1 (OT) loss.

The next day, Spriggs continued his strong play with 41 saves (17 saves alone in the third period when the Huskies pressed to get back into the game) as Manitoba handed Sask. only their third regulation loss so far this season with a 5-2 home win.

Spriggs is now fourth with a .918 Save Pct. plus sixth in the conference with a 2.78 Goals Against Average along with tied for fifth in Canada West with five wins while playing in nine conference regular seasons games so far in 2016-17.

The Bisons (6-7-1) sit in sixth place in the conference standings and now travel to play at fourth place Mount Royal Cougars (9-5-0) on the Dec. 2-3 weekend.

—MyToba Sports

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