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 March 2019. The council would like to congratulate fourth-year women’s rower Larissa McKinlay, first-year men’s golfer Robin Conlan and the women’s rugby 7s team on being awarded March’s athlete and team of the month awards.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Robin Conlan, Men’s Golf
First-year Robin Conlan is peaking at the right time in the season as the Vikes golf team’s regional and national championships are still ahead. Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Conlan has been the top Vike at the last three tournaments including two in the month of March. At the Battle at Primm tournament in Nevada, Conlan finished with a score of 1-over-par and was the most consistent Vikes golfer through the three-round tournament. The five-under score at the Desert Intercollegiate tournament carded by Conlan helped the Vikes finish third overall as a team. Conlan was second in the individual standings and just two strokes behind the tournament leader from Oregon Tech. Conlan has shown steady improvement in his game throughout the year and will be a player to watch on head coach Justin Clews‘ team in the coming years.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Larissa McKinlay, Women’s Rowing
In her last race as a Vikes varsity athlete, fourth-year captain Larissa McKinlay helped the varsity rowing crew to victory in her final weekend of competition at the Brown Cup. On Mar. 30 the Vikes captured the 24th annual Brown Cup on the Gorge Waterway in Victoria, avenging their loss to UBC at the Canadian University Rowing Championship. Victoria finished the race in a time of 11:41.35 to take win by nine seconds. The win also marks the second-straight Brown Cup title for the Vikes women after taking last year’s title in Richmond, B.C. McKinlay also played a big role in the organization of the Brown Cup event.
TEAM OF THE MONTH
Women’s Rugby 7s
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s rugby 7s team captured both the Canada West Banner and national championship banner only three weeks apart during the month of March. On Mar. 2-3 the Vikes found themselves in a dogfight with rivals UBC for the Canada West banner. After running the table and going 16-0 to claim the banner in 2018, Victoria had a much more difficult path in 2019 and took until the final minutes of the final game to repeat as Canada West champions. Brooke Bazian scored and kicked the game winning points in the Vikes final game against UBC at the Vancouver 7s tournament to secure their second consecutive banner. A few weeks later Victoria swept the table at the National University 7s Championships in Kingston, Ont. on Mar. 23-24 to win their second-ever national title. The Vikes went undefeated throughout the tournament including their 30-0 win over Sherbrooke in the championship final. The national title caps off a very successful year for Brittany Water’s squad who also earned a Canada West silver medal and a fifth place finish at the 15s national championships back in the fall.
The Vikes of the Month honours one male, one female and one team each month of varsity competition. The winners are selected by the Vikes Varsity Council, a group of varsity student-athletes that meet regularly as ambassadors on student-led initiatives. The Vikes of the Month is peer-nominated and selected award that recognizes excellent athletic accomplishment, team contributions, sportsmanship and/or outstanding community service.