Braedan Willis

The University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Council is pleased to announce the winners of the athletes and team of the month awards for the month of February 2019. The council would like to congratulate third-year women’s swimmer Danielle Hanus, fourth-year men’s swimmer Eric Hedlin and the Vikes swimming team on being awarded February’s athlete and team of the month awards.

MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

 Eric HedlinMen’s Swimming

Fourth-year Eric Hedlin continued his dominance in the men’s 1500-metre freestyle event at this years U SPORTS national swimming championships in Vancouver. Already the owner of two gold and one silver medal in the event from past competitions, Hedlin once again captured the gold medal in the men’s 1500-metre freestyle and in the process broke the U SPORTS record with a time of 15:34.16. The 2016-17 University of Victoria Athlete of the Year now holds a total of five U SPORTS medals and five Canada West medals in his already highly decorated career with the Vikes. Hedlin’s gold medal performance also earned him U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian honours.

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Danielle Hanus, Women’s Swimming

Third-year Vike Danielle Hanus brought home four more U SPORTS national championship medals after an outstanding performance in Vancouver on Feb. 21-23. A four-time medalist at the 2018 national championships, Hanus doubled her U SPORTS medal count in 2019 by winning a bronze in the 100-metre butterfly, silver in the 50 and 100-metre backstroke and finished off the final day of competition by defending her gold medal from 2018 in the 200-metre butterfly. To go along with her four medals, Hanus broke five different records with her performances with the Vikes 4×100-metre medley, 4×100-metre freestyle and 4×200-metre freestyle relay teams. Hanus was also named a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian for her gold medal performance in the 200-metre butterfly.

TEAM OF THE MONTH

Swimming 

 The Vikes men’s and women’s swim team both finished fifth in the team standings at the 2019 U SPORTS national championships in Vancouver on Feb. 21-23. The Vikes brought a smaller team compared to powerhouse squads from UBC and Toronto so individual performances and personal bests are always the focus for Victoria at this event. The Vikes won a total of six medals throughout the weekend to go along with five fourth place finishes. Twelve UVic school records were also broken during at this meet. Fifth-year Taylor Snowden-Richardson was awarded was also recognized by U SPORTS as the Student-Athlete Community Service award winner for her charity program she runs called Tay’s Team. Snowden Richardson personally knits hats with different super-hero or Disney characters for kids who are in hospital. This was the final meet for graduating athletes Snowden-Richardson, Kaity Gervais, Chris Deegan and Buzz Malender.

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