Four set for nationals

Michelle Simard of Surrey is one of four badminton players from Kwantlen Polytechnic University to qualify for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national championships Mar. 1-3 in Kamloops.

Simard, a third-year player, teamed with rookie Bradley Low of Vancouver to place second at last weekends’ PacWest provincial championships at Thompson Rivers University. Thompson Rivers will also host the nationals.

This will be Simard’s third consecutive trip to the nationals. She won a bronze medal in 2010 and placed fifth last season, both times while competing in women’s doubles.

Willis Kwee of Richmond and Andy Wong of Vancouver also placed second for Kwantlen at proivincials. They have qualified for the nationals in the mend’s doubles category.

- Both Kwantlen Eagles basketball teams lost their last games of the regular season Saturday night.

For the women, it didn’t matter. They had already clinched a PacWest league playoff berth. For the men, they had hoped the game would mean something, but it didn’t.

A win by Douglas College Royals earlier in the evening knocked the Eagles out of playoff contention.

Both teams hosted the University of Northern B.C. Timberwolves at the Surrey campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the women started the night with a 87-50 loss. They finished the season in sixth place with a 6-10 (won-lost) record, a game ahead of the Langara Falcons.

The Eagles will tip-off against the third-place Capilano Blues (13-3) in a quarterfinal on Thursday, Mar. 1 at Capilano University in North Vancouver.

The men fell 92-72, and left them with the same record as the women, but  a game back of the Royals in seventh place.

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