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Chargers volleyball student-athlete Michelle Zygmunt spikes post-secondary career with prestigious President’s Cup

2016-17 President’s Cup recipient, Michelle Zygmunt

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Student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the Camosun College Chargers gathered this evening at the Harbour Towers Hotel to recognize the achievements of the college’s student-athletes at Camosun’s 23rd Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony.

Fourth-year outside hitter Michelle Zygmunt of the Camosun Chargers women’s volleyball program team earned the prestigiousPresident’s Cup for her outstanding academic and athletic achievements over the 2016-17 season. Zygmunt led the Chargers to a silver medal finish at this year’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Women’s Volleyball Championship – the program’s highest all-time achievement. Michelle went on to be named MVP of the championship, becoming the fifth individual in the 42-year history of the CCAA to receive the honour as a non-gold medalist.

Soon to graduate with a diploma in Camosun’s Fine Furniture and Joinery Foundations program and her Carpentry Level 1 Apprenticeship, Michelle received a 91% GPA for the 2016 Fall semester. She received the PACWEST Academic Excellence award earlier this year for maintaining an academic honours standing from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 and was named a CCAA Academic All-Canadian for her combined academic and athletic achievements.

“Being a Charger has presented me with the opportunity for growth both as an athlete and a student,” stated Zygmunt. “I have been able to create long lasting relationships and receive an education while playing a sport that I love.”

Presenting Michelle with the award was Camosun College President Sherri Bell. “I am continually impressed by the incredible achievements made by student-athletes like Michelle,” she stated. “Camosun is extremely proud of the accomplishments all the Chargers have made.”

The Derek Twomey Scholarship for Sport was awarded to fifth-year Chargers men’s volleyball left-side Savana Walkingbear(Thunderchild First Nation, SK) who was selected for his passion, indomitable spirit and desire to give back to his community.

Twelve student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments at the Provincial and National levels. Sponsored by Accent Inns and Wilson’s Transportation, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) awards were presented to:

Matthew Bowers             Men’s Volleyball                               PACWEST All-Rookie Team

PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Feb. 20-26, 2017)

 

Kathryn Candell               Women’s Basketball                       PACWEST 1st Team All-Star

 

Stephanie Galitzine        Women’s Volleyball                        PACWEST Academic Excellence

 

Megan Ireland                  Women’s Volleyball                        PACWEST Rookie of the Year

PACWEST All-Rookie Team

 

Mac Keats                           Men’s Golf                                          CCAA Athlete of the Week (Sept. 21, 2016)

PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Sept. 12-18, 2016)

 

Matt Matheson Men’s Golf                                                   PACWEST 1st Team All-Star

 

Morgan Monkman          Women’s Volleyball                        PACWEST Academic Excellence

 

Mia Roberts                       Women’s Basketball                       PACWEST Rookie of the Year

PACWEST All-Rookie Team

 

Savana Walkingbear      Men’s Volleyball                               PACWEST 1st Team All-Star

PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 9-15, 2017)

 

Douglass Waterman       Men’s Volleyball                               PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star

 

Elion Wong                         Men’s Volleyball                               CCAA Athlete of the Week (Jan. 25, 2017)

PACWEST Athlete of the Week (Jan. 16-22, 2017)

 

Michelle Zygmunt           Women’s Volleyball                        CCAA Academic All-Canadian

PACWEST 1st Team All-Star

PACWEST Academic Excellence

 

Five student-athletes were recognized as Team Rookie. Included were Matt Bowers men’s volleyball (Milton, ON), Megan Ireland – women’s volleyball (G.P. Vanier, Courtenay), Mia Roberts – women’s basketball (St. Michaels, Victoria) and Jack Wenstob – men’s basketball (Belmont, Victoria).

 

Five additional student-athletes were acknowledged for their Team Leadership throughout the year. Among those were AJ Beaudry – men’s basketball (Winnipeg, MB), Mike Flegel – men’s golf (Moose Jaw, SK), Kayla Nixon – women’s volleyball (Calgary, AB), Håkon Østrem – men’s volleyball (Troms, Norway) and Isla Swanwick – women’s basketball (Belmont, Victoria).

A final group of Camosun athletes received the Team MVP award and included Kathryn Candell – women’s basketball (Pacific Christian),Mac Keats – men’s golf (Cochrane, AB), Andrew Larson – men’s basketball (Cowichan Sec, Duncan), Savana Walkingbear – men’s volleyball (Thunderchild First Nation, SK) and Michelle Zygmunt – women’s volleyball (Abbotsford, BC).

 

Camosun also recognized 14 student-athletes graduating from the Chargers athletics program for their valued contributions:

 

Men’s Basketball

AJ Beaudry                          Winnipeg, MB                                    5th Year                 (2011-12; 2013-2017)                                                                      Business Admin

Lucas Derksen                   Saskatoon, SK                                    4th Year                 (2013-15 Lakeland; 2015-17 CAM)                                            Exercise and Wellness

Ted Neilson                        Dover Bay, Nanaimo                       5th Year                 (2010-11 UVic; 2012-14 UVic; 2015-17 CAM)                                Carpentry

Rulon Schmidt                   Cowichan Sec, Duncan                   5th Year                 (2010-13; 2015-17)                                                                          Post Degree Accounting

Evan Woodson                  Oak Bay, Victoria                              5th Year                 (2012-2017)                                                                                        Business Admin

 

Men’s Golf

Mac Keats                           Cochrane, AB                                     5th Year                 (2010-12 Hawaii Pacific Univ; 2015-16 CAM)                                BBA Marketing

Matt Matheson               West Van, BC                                     4th Year               (2011 CAP, 2014-16 CAM)                                                            Golf Management

Scott Merriam                  Cranbrook, BC                                   3rd Year               (2014-2016)                                                                                        Golf Management

 

Women’s Volleyball

Katie Fetting                      Lethbridge, AB                                  5th Year                 (2012-14 Lethbridge; 2014-17 CAM)                                        Business Admin

Lainey Jantzi                       Parksville, BC                                      5th Year                 (2012-2017)                                                                                        University Transfer

Michelle Zygmunt            Abbotsford, BC                                 4th Year                 (2011-12 Univ of Ottawa; 2014-15 UFV; 2015-17 CAM)              Fine Furniture

 

Men’s Volleyball

Matthew Cantin               Prince Albert, SK                               4th Year                 (2011-12 MRU; 2012-13 Lethbridge; 2015-17 CAM)    Business Admin

Gabriel Freund                  Richmond, BC                                    3rd Year                 (2014- 2017)                                                                                       University Transfer

Tyler Remenda                 Calgary, AB                                         5th Year                 (2012-14 COTR; 2014-17 CAM)                                                  Bachelor Sport and Fitness Leadership

Savana Walkingbear        Thunderchild First Nation, SK      5th Year                 (2012-15 Lakeland; 2015-17 CAM)                                            Community, Family and Child Studies (Indigenous Family Support)

 

This year’s medal winning finishes for the Chargers included:

 

  • Men’s Golf                         PACWEST Provincial Gold Medalists
  • Men’s Volleyball              PACWEST Provincial Gold Medalists
  • Women’s Volleyball        CCAA National Silver Medalists

“This was another great year for the Chargers,” said Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews. “We are extremely proud of the achievements made by our student-athletes and coaches and look forward to hosting the CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championship in March 2018!”

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