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2017 Athletics Awards Banquet Preview

2017 Athletics Awards Banquet Preview

KELOWNA, B.C. – On Tuesday, March 28th UBC Okanagan will once again honour its best and brightest student athletes at the annual athletics awards banquet at the Coast Capri Hotel.

Men's Finalists | Women's Finalists

This year's athletic wrap-up event will see the female and male members of the campus' vibrant student athlete community recognized by the UBC Okanagan athletic department, for their achievements both in athletic competition and in the classroom.

Two awards, the Graduating Player of the Year and the Student Athlete of the Year award, will be given based on combined athletic and academic performances. Rookie of the Year and Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year will focus solely on athletic achievement and the winner's value to their team. The Heat rugby program will also be introducing two new awards at this year's event, a male and female Inspirational Athlete of the Year.

In addition to these awards based on nominations from the student athlete's respective coaches, the Heat will also hand out two non-nominated awards that will be given based solely on academic performance. For individual student athletes there is the Provost Award for Excellence (male and female recipients in both a one- and two- semester category), and a collective award will be given out as Team Excellence in Academics.

The award recipients will be decided by an external Athletics Awards Selection Committee (AASC). From each nomination pool the AASC will narrow the field to as many as five finalists, of which more than one may come from the same team. The finalists, as well as the winner, will be introduced at the banquet.

Below are brief descriptions of the criteria of each of the awards as well as brief highlight points for each of the finalists.

Awards' Descriptions and Criteria

Provost Award for Excellence

This award will be presented to a returning varsity student athlete with the highest academic average over the past three terms fall/winter/fall.

Excellence in Academics | Team award

This recognition of academic achievement will be all varsity teams which have a cumulative collective GPA of 75% or higher based on the fall semester of the current year.

Rookie of the Year

The Rookie of the Year is awarded based on superior athletic achievement for a player in his or her first year of post-secondary competition with weighted preference given to those with conference or national recognition. Each team may nominate their maximum roster of rookie students. Rookie candidates must also demonstrate good academic standing.

Graduating Player of the Year

This award will be given to a student who has competed for the Heat for a minimum of three years, and is in his or her fourth or fifth year of athletics eligibility, and graduating. The winner will have demonstrated superior athletic achievements, leadership on and off the competitive surface and academic good-standing over the course of their career.

Student Athlete of the Year

This award's criteria will focus on a combination of athletic and academic achievement. Candidates must have competed in a minimum of 75% of league competitions and demonstrated superior athletic achievement in the current season while maintaining a strong GPA. Preference will be given to those that displayed leadership qualities on and off the field/court.

Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year

The Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year is awarded to a student athlete who is an exceptional team player and/or team MVP. He or she will have superior athletic achievements, particularly those recognized by a respective athletics association (Canada West/USPORTS, Pacwest/CCAA, etc.). National recognition will be weighted more heavily than conference recognition. Leadership on and off the competitive surface and academic good-standing are also criteria. Coaches can nominate more than one student athlete for the award.

Finalists – Men's Sports

Rookie of the Year

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    Matt Carrier

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    Kyle Hinchey

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    Triston Matthews

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    Nikhil Reddy


Matt Carrier (Men's Rugby)

  • From Smithers, BC, he helped the Heat to their best-ever finish at the Canadian University Sevens national championship
  • He became a starter after only one substitute appearance and has an outstanding work rate.

Kyle Hinchey (Men's Volleyball)

  • Was Named to the Canada West All-Rookie team
  • Finished third on the team in kills with 174, and third in total points with 211.5
  • Helped the Heat set a men's program record in Canada West wins (9) and started in every match he played
  • Career high 15 kills on two occasions (vs Saskatchewan and vs MacEwan)

Triston Matthews (Men's Basketball)

  • Finished with a career-high 19 points in his second career start against MacEwan, and would start the last four games of the season
  • Ended the season averaging 5.2 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game
  • Even as a rookie, he has impressed in the classroom as well as the weight room

Nikhil Reddy (Men's soccer)

  • Led the team in goals with 4
  • Scored game-tying goal against Victoria in the final regular season game to help clinch a playoff spot
  • Played in 15 of the team's 16 conference games, including nine starts

Graduating Player of the Year

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    Mitch Goodwin

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    Carlin Marshall

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    Alex Swiatlowski


Mitch Goodwin (Men's Basketball)

  • Goodwin became the leading scorer in Heat men's history on November 4th, 2016 at home against the Trinity Western Spartans. Goodwin finished the game with 18 points to surpass the previous record of 1028, set by Matt Gowing. By the end of his career he had totalled 1204 points.
  • Some other school records include games (93), starts (85), and minutes played (2612)
  • His career high came at home against the UNBC Timberwolves on November 29th, 2013. He finished with 27 points on an efficient 69% shooting (9-13) including 80% from deep (4-5)
  • Is a three-time finalist for UBC Okanagan Outstanding Athlete of the Year, including winning the award last year (2016)
  • Mitch has also given back to the UBCO community, as he has been a Head Coach for the Junior Heat club basketball team the past several years.

Carlin Marshall (Men's Rugby)

  • The Kelowna native has played for five straight years with the Rugby team
  • He has earned a starting position with the team thanks to consistent commitment and hard work.
  • Carlin made a major change in his position which had a positive impact on the team

Alex Swiatlowski (Men's Volleyball)

  • The middle from Victoria finished his career with an impressive 638 kills, 152 total blocks, and 48 service aces.
  • Swiatlowski had at least 100 kills in each of the past four seasons.
  • He has played over 300 sets (313) for the Heat, which is the second-most all time, and he owns the school record for most matches played with 96.
  • Was a finalist for the Athlete of the Year last year and was one of two student masters of ceremonies at last year's banquet.
  • Whenever the Heat played against their rival UBC Thunderbirds Alex always stepped up. His career-high of 23 kills was set against the T-Birds on January 19th, 2016 in the Furnace. His second- and third-highest kill totals were also against the 'Birds, with 20 and 19 kills on those occasions.

Student Athlete of the Year

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    Lars Bornemann

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    James Casorso

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    Bret Depner

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    Buzz Truss


Lars Bornemann (Men's Volleyball)

  • In his fourth year in the engineering program at UBCO, he led the men's volleyball team in kills with 290, and service aces with 22 with season.
  • He has been named an academic All-Canadian the last three seasons and is in line for a fourth consecutive honour.

 James Casorso (Men's Golf)

  • Recorded a First Class GPA in his fourth year in the management program.
  • Was the PacWest silver medalist and All-Star thanks to a scoring average of 72 over the four tournaments.
  • He was honoured as a CCAA All-Canadian and participated in the CCAA national championship as an individual, finishing tied-12th.

Bret Depner (Men's Soccer)

  • The second year engineering student from Penticton was an academic All-Canadian last year in his rookie season for the Heat.
  • He started all 16 games for the men's soccer team and helped the Heat defence to the fourth-most shutouts in the conference.

Buzz Truss (Men's Basketball)

  • The Kelowna Secondary product was a nominee for this award last year thanks to being named an academic All-Canadian.
  • The third year science student averaged 5.4 points per game on over 50% shooting from the field.
  • His stats don't tell how integral he was as a huge leader for the team both on and off the court

Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year

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    Aldrich Berrios

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    James Casorso

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    Dan Haynes

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    Mitch McCaw

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    Alex Swiatowski


Aldrich Berrios ( Men's Basketball)

  • Led the way for the Heat with 17.6 points per game thanks to over 40 percent shooting from behind the arc, along with a team-high 3.25 assists per game.
  • Was the 7th-leading scorer in the Canada West.
  • Hit a career high seven threes in a game on his way to 29 points against Regina.

James Casorso (Men's Golf)

  • Was named a CCAA All-Canadian and was the individual silver medalist in the PacWest.
  • Shot a blistering round of 66 in the final round of the Conference season to clinch the silver medal and finished with a scoring average of 72 for the four tournaments.
  • Won the Conference tournament hosted by Douglas College at Westwood Plateau golf course with rounds of 70 and 69 (-5).
  • Finished tied-12th at the CCAA National Championship as an individual, with rounds of 70-72-80 (+6).

Dan Haynes (Men's Rugby)

  • A three-time member of the men's rugby team, Haynes helped the Heat to a Hindson Cup victory record this year including a 4-2 record for a fifth place finish at the Canadian University Sevens national championship.
  • He had his most successful season this year in terms of performance even though he was asked to play in a new position.
  • His dedication and commitment to the program have been exemplary.

Mitch McCaw (Men's Soccer)

  • Was the backbone of the men's soccer team all season, including five shutouts and six wins in 14 starts.
  • Named a Canada West first team all star, the first ever all star recognition for a Heat soccer team member.
  • First year on the Heat after transferring from Concordia University in Portland.
  • Was named the Canada West first star of the week thanks to a superb performance in two exciting September home wins over future playoff teams Lethbridge and Calgary.
  • The fourth year management student made 66 saves (5th in Canada West) with a .805 save percentage (5th in Conference), and a 1.14 goals against average.

Alex Swiatlowski (Men's Volleyball)

  • Ranked second on the team with 178 kills, 63 total blocks and a .322 hitting percentage.
  • The .322 hitting percentage was the second-highest in the Canada West (conference minimum 300 attacks).
  • Finished with a season-high 19 kills in a 5-set thriller against UBC in Vancouver.
  • Alex started at three separate positions to help the team and his contributions were immense.

Finalists – Women's Sports

Rookie of the Year

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    Maya Bandy

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    Emma Jonas

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    Sara McCreary

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    Josephine Storey


Maya Bandy (Women's Soccer)

  • tied for second on the team with 2 goals on the season
  • tied for the most starts by a rookie (7)
  • Scored both goals in back-to-back games against Calgary and UNBC on September 11th and 17th

Emma Jonas (Women's Basketball)

  • Finished the season averaging 2.9 points per game and 1.3 rebounds a game
  • Career-high 12 points on October 8th against Calgary on 80% shooting
  • She was in the gym every day working on her game trying to challenge herself and her teammates

Sara McCreary (Women's Volleyball)

  • Finished second on the team with 344 assists and 4.53 assists per set
  • Helped the Heat volleyball team qualify to a fourth straight Canada West Final Four. She had 55 assists in the decisive third game of the quarterfinal series against the Calgary Dinos. This is the second-most assists in the Heat's history, regular season or post season, and most ever in a four-set match.

Josephine Storey (Women's Cross Country)

  • Finished 20th individually at the CCAA National Championship in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario with a time of 20:11
  • Helped the Heat Cross Country team win the 2016 National Championship

Graduating Player of the Year


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    Megan Festival

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    Kaitlynn Given

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    Emily Kanester

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    Anna Merino


Megan Festival (Women's Volleyball)

  • Festival is a two-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian, and she will graduate in June with a Bachelor of Management. She has played more sets (407) and matches (114) than any player in a Heat uniform
  • Finished her career with 1018 digs along with 888 kills, which rank her in the top 20 in Canada West History
  • She finished her career just four kills shy of the school record in kills held by Alex Basso (892), as well as only thirty digs shy of the school record (1048) held by Jackie Toews. Festival also owns the school record for total points (1113.5 points)
  • Megan also excelled at the service line, as her 163 aces rank second all-time in Canada West and first in the Heat's history.
  • Also known for her competitiveness, in her five seasons she never missed the Canada West Postseason.

Kaitlynn Given (Women's Volleyball)

  • The Kelowna Secondary School product was highly recruited coming out of high school, but decided to stay at home and play for the hometown team.
  • Not only was she impressive on the court but she also impressed off it, as she has been named a  U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian three straight times and is on her way to a fourth.
  • Kaitlynn has been a finalist for the Female Provost Award for Excellence (Two Semester category) and this past year Kaitlynn earned a Heat Scholar Athlete distinction.
  • On the court, Given finished her career with 668 kills which is fifth all time in Heat history.
  • She also ranks in the top 10 in school history in a multitude of other categories: points (829.5), digs (581), and blocks (179).
  • Kaitlynn broke the century mark for conference games played in a Heat uniform the final weekend of this regular season, which makes her only the third woman to achieve this feat. Given has also never missed the postseason in her career for the Heat.

Emily Kanester (Women's Basketball)

  • The Vernon native broke the school record for points in a career, as she finished with 1113 points in 102 regular season conference games for the Heat.
  • She has averaged at least 10 points per game her last four seasons, and her career scoring average is 11 points per game.
  • Emily is ninth on the Canada West all-time free throws made list with 352.
  • Her career high came on November 30th, 2013 in the Furnace against UNBC. She finished with 24 points including 12-13 from the free throw line.
  • In 2013/2014 she was a finalist for the UBC Okanagan Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year award and was the team's rookie of the year in 2011/2012

Anna Merino (Women's Cross Country)

  • She finished fourth on the team in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario with a time of 20:22 at this year's CCAA National Championship
  • Has won two national championship gold medals (2013, 2016) and one silver medal (2015) and was the captain of the 2015 team
  • National Scholar award recipient
  • Has won two PACWEST provincial silver medals (2011, 2012) for the women's soccer team, making her the only 5-time provincial/national CCAA medalist in Heat history over two sports.

Student Athlete of the Year

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    Claire Elliott

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    Siobhan Fitzpatrick

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    Camille Galloway

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    Kaitlynn Given


Claire Elliott (Women's Basketball)

  • The 4th year Nursing student has been an academic U SPORTS All-Canadian the past two years.
  • Was the second-leading scorer on the women's basketball team, averaging nine points per game.
  • Played more minutes per game (32.1) than anyone else on the team, and started every game.
  • Served as the team captain and was a leader both by example and with her voice.

Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Women's Volleyball)

  • Has been named an academic All-Canadian the past two seasons and is in her fourth year of the sciences program.
  • Led the way for the volleyball team with 256 kills for the season, along with 30 service aces.

Camille Galloway (Women's Cross Country)

  • Was named a CCAA National Scholar for the 2015-16 season.
  • The Whitehorse native is in her third year in the Nursing program.
  • Finished 15th at the CCAA National Championship to help the Heat cross country team win their second national title in the last four years.

Kaitlynn Given (Women's Volleyball)

  • A three-time academic All-Canadian, she will graduate in June with a Bachelor's degree in Geography.
  • Has been a standout on the volleyball team since her arrival at the beginning of the 2012/13 season including five straight playoff appearances, four straight Canada West final fours, a national bronze medal, and the third-most games ever played in a Heat uniform.

Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year

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    Veronika Fagan

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    Kaitlynn Given

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    Emily Kanester

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    Aidan Lea

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    Andrea Stinson


Veronika Fagan (Women's Cross Country)

  • Finished fourth as an individual at the CCAA National Championship in November, which helped lead to another national championship for her team
  • Was named a CCAA All-Canadian as well as the BC Athletics Junior Women Cross Country Athlete of the Year for 2016.

Kaitlynn Given (Women's Volleyball)

  • In her final season, Given ranked second on the team in kills (200) and third in digs (167).
  • Her standout performance was an amazing 21 kill and 23.5 point night against Mt.Royal in November. This marks Given's career high in her highly-decorated Heat career.
  • Given also stepped up in the quarterfinal series against the Calgary Dinos. Needing two big performances to advance to the Final Four, Given had 14 kills in game two to force a decisive third game, and would continue her momentum with a 16 kill performance in a clinching win for the Heat.

Emily Kanester (Women's Basketball)

  • The Vernon native broke the school record for points in a career as she finished with 1113 points in 102 regular season conference games.
  • Averaged a career best 12.5 points per game this season and started 19 out of 20 games.
  • Only three times this year did she fail to reach double digits in points.
  • Had a season-best 21 points in a home win against UFV on February 10th that included four threes.

Aidan Lea (Women's Volleyball)

  • In her first season with the Heat, Lea led Canada West in hitting percentage (.350).  This is the highest hitting percentage in the Heat's history, and the 15th-best percentage in Canada West history.
  • She had  back-to-back tremendous performances against Calgary in the second and third games of the Canada West Quarter Final series. Had a career high 19 kills in game 2 to help force a game 3, and once again played exceptionally well as she finished with 16 kills on .393 hitting to help the team advance to the Final Four.

Andrea Stinson (Women's Soccer)

  • In her first year with the Heat, the midfielder from Nelson, BC was one of only three Heat players to start in every game this season.
  • She demands the most of herself athletically, and inspires teammates to do the same.
  • As a focus in the midfield Andrea guided the women's soccer team into the Canada West playoffs for the first time ever.
  • Helped the team to their most successful Canada West season to date.

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