CIS athletes of the week (#8)


October 23, 2013, OTTAWA (ISN) – Hockey players Jennifer Schmidt from the University of Regina and Chris Collins from the University of Calgary are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Oct. 20, 2013.

Schmidt, a third-year education student from High River, Alta., posted a 41-save shutout in her lone outing of the past weekend to lead the Cougars to a 2-0 win over nationally eighth-ranked and reigning Canada West champion UBC, Friday night. The 5-foot-7 goaltender, who turned aside 24 shots in the third period alone, currently leads the conference with a .980 save percentage and ranks second with a 0.64 goals against average. No. 6 Regina (5-1-0) sits atop the Canada West standings with 10 out of a possible 12 points.

Cape Breton soccer player Karolyne Blain, McGill rugby player Brianna Miller and York volleyball player Kirsten Dillon were also nominated for the women’s award.

Collins, a first-year arts student from Calgary, had back-to-back two-goal performances as the Dinos improved to 6-0 in conference play thanks to a 4-1, 5-2 weekend sweep against Lethbridge. The 6-foot-1 forward, who split his five-year WHL career between Chilliwack and Saskatoon, scored the game-winner in Saturday’s 5-2 victory and currently leads CIS with nine goals and 12 points in his first six university contests. The nationally third-ranked Dinos are tied atop the Canada West standings with No. 1 Alberta.

UNB hockey player Chris Culligan, McGill soccer player Max Leblond and Windsor hockey player Parker Van Buskirk were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:

  • AUS: Karolyne Blain, soccer, Cape Breton
  • RSEQ: Brianna Miller, rugby, McGill
  • OUA: Kirsten Dillon, volleyball, York
  • CWUAA: Jennifer Schmidt, hockey, Regina (recipient)

Male nominees:

  • AUS: Chris Culligan, hockey, UNB
  • RSEQ: Max Leblond, soccer, McGill
  • OUA: Parker Van Buskirk, hockey, Windsor
  • CWUAA: Chris Collins, hockey, Calgary (recipient)

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