VICTORIA – The finale of four days of announcements for University of Victoria Vikes major award finalists concludes by highlighting three seniors Lindsay Cole from women’s field hockey, Emily Lieuwen from women’s soccer and Tyler Smith from men’s track as the 2017-18 finalists for the President’s Cup. This award is given annually to the outstanding student-athlete in fourth or fifth year, who best combines scholastic achievement and athletic ability.

All three finalists were showcased on the national stage in accolades and/or in competition. Cole and Smith were the U SPORTS Outstanding Contributors in their respective sports, while Lieuwen co-captained her team to an incredible season that culminated in a No. 5 finish in the country. Both Lieuwen and Cole are previous Provost Award winners for their outstanding academic achievements, while Smith finishes his fifth and final year a six-time medalist at the U SPORTS level.

Finalist: Lindsay Cole, Women’s Field Hockey – Victoria, B.C. (Science)

Lindsay Cole, the 2017-18 U SPORTS Gail Wilson Outstanding Contributor Award winner perfectly combines excellence in both the classroom and on the field of play.

A captain on the Vikes women’s field hockey team this past season, Cole led by example for a young Vikes squad this season, helping them to a Canada West silver medal by scoring three goals from her position as a midfielder. A Canada West All-Star and member of the Canadian National Development Squad was also a U SPORTS Championship Tournament All-Star last season. Throughout Cole’s career as a Vike the team has amassed two silver and one bronze U SPORTS national medal and one Canada West banner. Cole’s superb levels of fitness, crafty technical skills and potent offensive drive have been pivotal to those Vikes field hockey milestones.

Academically, the science major and Mount Douglas Secondary grad has been an Academic All-Canadian in all four of her years with the Vikes. Cole was the co-recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence, given annually to the returning varsity student-athlete with the highest academic average, in 2015-16 thanks to holding a GPA of 8.8.

Finalist: Emily Lieuwen, Women’s Soccer – Ladner, B.C. (Science)

Emily Lieuwen truly embodies what it means to be a student-athlete.

An important contributor in all four of her years with the Vikes women’s soccer team, the science major has also been an Academic All-Canadian in all four of her university seasons. The two-time Provost Award for Excellence winner Lieuwen holds a cumulative GPA of 8.75. Selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team this year, Lieuwen is a shining example of someone who achieves both on the field and in the classroom.

A starting central midfielder since her second season with the Vikes, Lieuwen is a dominant force in the middle of the pitch, able to tenaciously win the ball and distribute it to the forwards with pin-point accuracy for a team that has qualified for the post-season in the past five-straight seasons.

In 20 regular season and playoff games in 2017-18, Lieuwen, a co-captain of the team for last two seasons, played less than the full 90 minutes just once, when she was subbed off once the game was out of reach in the Vikes’ 7-0 win over Fraser Valley. Her constant presence in the midfield helped the Vikes achieve an outstanding record of just six goals against through 14 regular season games, while also chipping in offensively with two goals and four assists.

The native of White Rock B.C. was named a Canada West First Team All-Star for her outstanding play on the field in 2017-18.

Finalist: Tyler Smith, Men’s Track – Wetaskiwin, Alta. (Education)

In his five years with the Vikes men’s track team, Tyler Smith has produced outstanding results on the track with a shocking level of consistency.

Holder of six medals from the U SPORTS National Championships and nine from the Canada West Championships, Smith is in the record books ranked in the Top 10 nationally in both the 600-metre race (9th), and the 4×800-metre relay (3rd).

In the 2018 season, Smith won gold in the 600-, 1000- and 4×800-metre races. In the relay, Smith ran the anchor leg for a Vikes team that set a new conference record. At the U SPORTS National Championships, Smith was a silver medallist on the 4×800-metre relay team.

Not just outstanding on the track, this season Smith was also recognized as both the Canada West and U SPORTS Student-Athlete Community Service Award winner for his work in the classroom as well as in the community. The native of Wetaskiwin, Alta. is an Education major that earned a spot on both the 2017 Vikes Honour Roll list and as a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian.