VICTORIA – As part of the second of four days of announcements for University of Victoria Vikes major award finalists three stand-out females are highlighted for Female Athlete of the Year. Rowing stand out Caileigh Filmer, four-time U SPORTS medalist from swimming Danielle Hanus and U SPORTS soccer First Team All-Canadian Puck Louwes highlight the finalists for 2017-18.

Finalist: Caileigh Filmer, Women’s Rowing – Victoria, B.C. (Science)

In her first full year as a member of the Vikes women’s rowing team, Caileigh Filmer absolutely dominated the competition. The Science major, and 2016 Rio Olympian, picked up three golds at the Western Canadian University Rowing Championships, leading the Vikes to the conference championship title. Filmer then followed that up with an outstanding two gold medals at the Canadian University Rowing Championships, helping the Vikes a second place finish in the nation.

Filmer rowed stroke seat for the Vikes eight that won gold at both WCURC’s and CURC’s while also putting down dominant performances in the single to also claim gold in both of those events.

At the Elk Lake Spring Regatta Filmer stroked the Vikes eight to victory by over 11 seconds, while also setting a time that was the fastest any women’s eight has ever raced on Elk Lake. Filmer and teammate Avalon Wasteneys then went on to outrace the top Canadian National Team pair to take gold.

Internationally, Filmer had an outstanding 2017-18. She was named World Rowing Rising Star for the month of December and stroked the Canadian eight to both a gold medal and a world record at the U23 World Championships. At the National Rowing Championships, Filmer won gold in the U23 single and silver in the open single.

Finalist: Danielle Hanus, Women’s Swimming – Newmarket, Ont. (Humanities)

At the U SPORTS Swimming National Championships you are only allowed to enter into four individual races and Danielle Hanus, in her second year with the Vikes swimming team, came back from her first ever trip to nationals going four for four in national medals.

The Humanities major won gold in the 200-metre butterfly and added silver medals in the 50 and 100-metre backstroke as well as the 100-metre butterfly. All three of the Newmarket, Ont. native’s silver medals saw her finish behind Olympic medallist, world record holder and champion Kylie Masse of Toronto.

Swimming in the Canada West championships in the Vikes’ home pool, Hanus powered her way to five medals and two Canada West records. The 2017 FISU Games Team Canada member won gold in both the 100 and 100-metre butterfly events, setting new conference records in the process. Hanus also picked up silver medals in the 50- and 100-metre backstroke as well swimming a key for the 4×200-metre freestyle team that claimed bronze. In total, Hanus set seven new Vikes records throughout what was a dominant season.

Finalist: Puck Louwes, Women’s Soccer – Utrecht, Netherlands (Humanities)

In her first year as the starting goalie for the Vikes women’s soccer team, Puck Louwes not only took command of the role but also put in one of the best seasons in conference history.

The Humanities major allowed just six goals through 14 regular season games, while also tying the Canada West record for ten shutouts in a single season. Between a regular season game on Sept. 16 through the Canada West Semifinal on Nov. 3, Louwes allowed just one goal in 1080 minutes of action.

The third-year Vike started the season by shutting out last season’s U SPORTS silver medalists, the UBC Thunderbirds, and only got better from there with the highlight of her season coming in the U SPORTS Consolation semifinal.

Facing the defending U SPORTS National Champion Laval Rouge et Or with the Vikes season on the line, Louwes stared down the Laval attackers, making two saves in the penalty shootout to send the Vikes on to the consolation finals and a fifth-place finish in the nation.

At the conclusion of the season, Louwes was named a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian. Voted on by coaches across the nation, the honour singled Louwes out as the top goalie in Canadian University soccer in the 2017 season. Also an Academic All-Canadian, Louwes finished the year with just 11 goals against in 20 games played.

Male Athletes of the Year finalists will be announced later in the afternoon on Mar. 20. 

Award finalists will be announced in a staggered fashion beginning with Rookies of the Year on Mar. 19, and followed daily with Athletes of the Year finalists on Mar. 20, Chancellor’s Award finalists on Mar. 21 and the President’s Cup on finalists Mar. 22. All award winners will be announced at the banquet on Apr. 4. For a description of each award and list of past recipients click here.

The Provost Award, already announced in November at the Vikes Honour Roll Luncheon, along with the Publisher’s Community Award winners will not have finalists announced and will be given out at the Celebration of Champions banquet. For more information on this year’s UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductees please click here.

2017-18 Vikes Varsity Award Finalists
Finalists are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Robert T. Wallace Shield
Rookie of the Year – Female (read more)
Brea Christie – Women’s Soccer
Ashlyn Day – Women’s Basketball
Anna Mollenhauer – Women’s Field Hockey

Rookie of the Year – Male (read more)
Jackson Matthews – Men’s Rugby
Brandon Vail – Men’s Cross Country
Jonathan Walters- Shumka – Men’s Field Hockey

Athlete of the Year – Female
Caileigh Filmer – Women’s Rowing
Danielle Hanus – Women’s Swimming
Puck Louwes – Women’s Soccer