Make it three in a row for the King’s Badminton team.
The Blue Devils captured the 2019/20 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) championship on Feb. 15 at the Muir Gymnasium. King’s won four of five events—men’s and women’s singles, men’s and mixed doubles—en route to a 45-point performance that kept them nine points clear of second-place Mount Allison.
It’s a different story than last year’s one-point victory over Mt. A, as King’s capped off a dominant season in which they won five of the six tournaments with strong play in all events. As a team, King’s was third in the latest national team rankings.
In addition to team honours, King’s athletes swept the individual awards at the ACAA banquet on Saturday night. Katherine Zhu and Bryce Mason, who each went undefeated this season across all events, won female and male Player of the Year awards respectively. Fiona Purdy, a first-year student from Halifax, won Female Rookie of the Year while first-year Charlottetown native Jack Ronahan won Male Rookie of the Year.
Sunday’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association qualifying tournament was another successful day for the Blue Devils, with five King’s players qualifying to represent King’s at the national tournament:
They’ll travel to Ontario to complete for CCAA medals at the University of Toronto Mississauga from March 4-7. King’s coach Ryan MacIntosh will lead the ACAA team and former-player-turned-assistant coach Sam White will represent the conference as well.
The CCAA National Badminton Championships will be live-streamed March 4-7. Find a full schedule online.