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Mon, June 5, 2017
- Posted by Jamie Howieson
Normandeau earns Academic All-America award
Dual sport student-athlete named to at-large second team, becoming third Laurier student-athlete to receive award
AUSTIN, Texas (June 5, 2017) - Women’s hockey defenceman Jacky Normandeau has been named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division at-large second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The College Division Academic All-America® at-large teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
The at-large program for the CoSIDA Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.
Normandeau, who also played on the women’s soccer team during her four years at Wilfrid Laurier University, becomes the third Golden Hawks student-athlete to receive the honour, joining former women’s hockey defenceman Fiona Lester and men’s football receiver Dillon Heap.
The native of Uxbridge, Ont., who finished her time at Laurier with a 3.86 GPA, is a four-time U SPORTS/CIS Academic All-Canadian and is a two-time recipient of Laurier’s Luke Fusco Academic Athletic Achievement Award in both 2015-16 and 2016-17. She was also recognized as the Outstanding Woman of Laurier in 2015-16 for her work on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community.
A defender for both women’s hockey and women’s soccer, she helped both teams win an OUA Championship back in 2013-14 and was subsequently named Laurier’s Rich Newbrough Female Rookie of the Year.
Over the course of her playing career, she appeared in 79 games for the women’s hockey team, registering one goal and adding seven assists. With women’s soccer, she started in 61 of the 63 games she played, scoring 14 goals.
There were four student-athletes with a G.P.A. of 4.0 on the women’s at-large team. The first team boasts a combined G.P.A. of 3.94, while the second team has a combined G.P.A. of 3.88. The overall G.P.A. for this year’s team is 3.91.
Sport Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Golf Amy Ahlers (2) Concordia (Neb.) Sr. Albion, Neb. 3.99 Elementary Education/Special Education
Tennis Chiara Di Salvo Georgia Gwinnett Sr. Cordoba, Argentina 3.97 Marketing
Golf Courtney Dye Indiana Tech Sr. Williamsburg, Mich. 3.68 Biomedical Engineering
Golf Caroline Goodin Oklahoma City Sr. Oklahoma City, Okla. 3.95 Accounting
Tennis Natasha Hongsermeier (1) Morningside Sr. Phillips, Neb. 4.00 Biology & Chemistry / Music
Golf Wiebke Schlender (1,#) Indiana Tech Sr. Paderborn, Germany 4.00 Business Administration, Sport Management & Marketing
Swimming Mckayla Stevens (1) College of Idaho Sr. Eastvale, Calif. 3.92 Biology / History
Swimming Vanessa Vanoost Olivet Nazarene Sr. Frankfort, Ill. 3.93 Zoology
Lacrosse Sam Vikstrom (1) Indiana Tech Jr. Burnsville, Minn. 3.92 Criminal Justice
Golf Katie-Lee Wilson (1,#) Oklahoma City Sr. Owasso, Okla. 4.00 Exercise Science
Sport Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Swimming Sammy Dammann Biola Jr. Freeport, Ill. 3.98 Journalism & Integrated Media
Lacrosse Jessica Lemcke Davenport Sr. Whitby, Ontario 3.89 Accounting
Ice Hockey Jacky Normandeau Wilfrid Laurier Sr. Uxbridge, Ontario 3.86 Biology
Tennis Valeria Podda Georgia Gwinnett Sr. Leiderdorp, The Netherlands 3.88 International Business
Swimming Tiffany Ray (2) Olivet Nazarene Sr. Grandville, Mich. 3.58 Dietetics
Golf Sabrina Schloo (2) Keiser Sr. Wuerzburg, Germany 3.99 International Business
Lacrosse Kristina Scott Indiana Tech Jr. Brighton, Mich. 3.95 Mechanical Engineering
Ice Hockey Malia Shimabukuro Midland Sr. Honolulu, Hawai’i 4.00 Elementary Education
Golf Makenzie Shivers Park Sr. Rescue, Calif. 3.97 Interior Design
Swimming Lisa Tixier Biola Jr. Benton City, Wash. 3.69 Studio Arts
CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Wiebke Schlender, Indiana Tech
(1) - CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division First Team selection in 2016
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division Second Team selection in 2016
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division Second Team selection in 2015