Normandeau earns Academic All-America award
Dual sport student-athlete named to at-large second team, becoming third Laurier student-athlete to receive award

Monday, June 5, 2017 - Posted by Jamie Howieson

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

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