U of R Cougars set school record for academic All-Canadians

Being a student-athlete is not an easy thing to do.  Don’t say that at the University of Regina though as the athletic program is celebrating a major accomplishment.

In the 2019-20 academic year, the Cougars/Rams program combined for 91 Academic All-Canadian nominations which is earned when a student-athlete registers a grade point average in excess of 80% while using a year of eligibility in their sport.

The 91 are the most the U of R have had in a single year.

Two student-athletes managed to accomplish the feat in each of their five years representing the Cougars. The two are Jet Davies (women’s soccer) and Tamara McVannel (women’s hockey).

The following student-athletes are ones being recognized:

Women’s Basketball (6) – Ella Farthing, Zoe Hartmann, Michaela Kleisinger, Avery Pearce, Faith Reid, Kaitlyn Tonita.

Men’s Basketball (1) – Benjamin Hillis.

Rams Football (18) – Maguire Abell, Riley Boersma, Joel Braden, Josh Donnelly, Cody Ellingson, Jesse Ens, Jaxon Ford, Aldo Galvan, Parker Hodel, Dallen Keen, Bryden O’Flaherty, Noah Sampson, Travis Semenok, Colin Stumborg, Sam Varao, Ryder Varga, Derek Walde, Dillon Zimmermann.

Women’s Hockey (12) – Morgan Baker, Paige Hubbard, Jane Kish, Jadyn Kushniruk, Jaycee Magwood, Tamara McVannel, Jenna Merk, Rachel O’Toole, Hannah Pennell, Ireland Sorestad, Shaelyn Vallotton.

Men’s Hockey (7) – Tyler Adams, Tanner Campbell, Conner Chaulk, Tristan Frei, James Hilsendager, Brandon Holtby, Isaac Schacher.

Women’s Soccer (11) – Taylor Bubnick, Emma Davidson, Jet Davies, Jessica Gaudet, Lauryn Hayes, Amou Madol, Natalia McCullough, Jessica Merk, Lauren Petras, Allyson Schneider, Micah Sollid.

Women’s Swimming (2) – Bree Crookshanks, Nataliia Kolesova.

Men’s Swimming (5) – Joshua Adams, Mitchell Brough, Aden Dickinson, Brian Palaschuk, Brendan Van Herk.

Men’s Track & Field (5) – Ret Brailsford, Thomas Haidl, Mason Lanigan, Brayden Mytopher, Jacob Smith.

Women’s Track & Field (16) – Michaela Allen, Geselle Dela Merced, Tianna Dodds, Darbi Edwards, Kelsey Haczkewicz, Laura Huck, Amou Madol, Natalia McCullough, Kaila Neigum, Sarah Novakowski, Brooke Shatkowski, Avery South, Erika Stockhorst, Jenelle Sunderland, Joely Welburn, Molly Yungmann.

Women’s Volleyball (10) – Kaylyn Brown, Macy Copithorne, Britt Davis, Kirstin Greve, Annika Hufnagel, Jessica Lerminiaux, Madison Macfie, Emma Matheson, Caitlyn Spurr, Elizabeth Tooth.

While the Academic All-Canadian program exists at all U SPORTS institutions, the University of Regina is one of only a handful of schools to automatically award scholarships based on Academic All-Canadian status. This fall, the recipients will combine to receive a total of just under $200,000 in tuition credits.

A list of what athletes have been recognized over previous years can be found in the Centre for Kinesiology Health and Sport.

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