Pearo runs away with McMaster athletic award – again

For the second consecutive year the Thérèse A. Quigley Award for Female Athlete of the Year was presented to cross-country athlete Jessica Pearo (Richmond Hill). The Ivor Wynne Male Athlete of the Year trophy was presented to men’s volleyball standout Tyler Santoni (Kingston) as McMaster celebrated the 87th Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony at the Burridge Gymnasium on Monday (April 4).

Pearo ran her way to a perfect season, winning both the Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sports championships, defeating her field by at least 10 seconds in both events.

In addition to winning the major competitions, Pearo also took the number one spot at the Western International, the Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational in Chicago and the University of Rochester Invitational. For all of her achievements, Pearo was named a CIS All Canadian, the OUA Women’s Cross Country MVP, OUA first team all-star, a two-time OUA Athlete of the week, and a four-time McMaster Athlete of the Week.

Victoria Coates (cross country/track), Larissa Puhach (volleyball), Sarah Taylor (swimming) and Natasha Turner (rugby) were honoured as finalists for the Thérèse A. Quigley award.

Santoni, a two-time captain of the Marauder volleyball squad, powered McMaster to its third OUA championship in the past five years. In addition to being named a first-team OUA all-star for the second-time, Santoni was named the Player of the Match in the OUA championship, and was named the MVP of the OUA championship tournament. The fifth year commerce major completed the 2010/11 season on top of the CIS in both kill-percentage and total blocks.

Cameron Bailey (swimming), Ryan Blake (wrestling) and Kyle Quinlan (football) were recognized as finalists for the Ivor Wynne Award.

The Dr. Ray Johnson Award, presented to the graduating male student-athlete that exemplifies the Spirit of McMaster while showing noteworthy athletic ability, was presented to swimmer Nathan Cox (Blenheim).

Cox finishes his career as Marauder swim team captain and an outstanding leader. An OUA medallist as part of the freestyle relay, the fifth-year electrical engineering student also qualified for the CIS championships. Also an outstanding student he was recognized for having the highest grades of any McMaster student-athlete. Along with team outreach programs, Cox has volunteered for such events as the Relay for Life, the Good Sheppard clothing drive, the Kidney Run, and the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up.

Steve Cecchini (football) and Mike Irvine (fencing) were recognized as nominees for the Dr. Ray Johnson Award.

The Dr. Edna Guest Award, presented to the graduating female student-athlete that exemplifies the Spirit of McMaster while showing noteworthy athletic ability, was presented to volleyball player Larissa Puhach (Burlington) and ice hockey player Kaley Veerman (Charlton).

Puhach has been a crucial member of the McMaster women’s volleyball team and was part of McMaster’s first OUA championship team in 2008. A two-time OUA all-star, she has been a leader and an example of determination and drive for her teammates. She has always carried herself with dignity, in both victory and defeat. The fifth-year kinesiology student embodies the ideals of a McMaster student-athlete.

Veerman has been a driving force within the women’s ice hockey program. She has served as team captain and club president for the past three years, and team MVP for the last two seasons. In addition to her on-ice contributions, Veerman has been the primary organizer of the program, handling all administrative tasks with boundless energy and enthusiasm. The fourth-year medical sciences student has been responsible for the majority of team fundraising and alumni outreach events. The McMaster women’s ice hockey program wouldn’t be what it is today without her efforts.

Pearo was also a nominee for the Dr. Edna Guest Award.

The Mel and Marilyn Hawkrigg Outstanding Rookie Awards, presented to the male and female student-athletes in their first year of post-secondary eligibility that demonstrate outstanding athletic performance as a varsity team member, were presented to swimmer Erin MacFadyen (Orillia) and rugby player Andrew Ferguson (Mississauga).

MacFadyen had a record-breaking debut season for the Marauder swim team. She captured the gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke at the OUA championship, improving on her personal best by 13 seconds and setting a team record in the event. She also won OUA bronze in the 100-metre breaststroke, breaking another team record. For her efforts the first-year life sciences major was named an OUA first-team all-star.

Ferguson stepped directly into the Maroon line-up and helped McMaster win the 2010 OUA championship. The first-year social science major was named to the OUA all-star team and was recognized as the 2010 OUA Rookie of the Year. He was the top point scorer among OUA rookies with 64.

Alyshia Anderson (wrestling), Claire Lockhart (rugby), and Jocelyn Wilkins (soccer) were recognized as female finalists for the Mel and Marilyn Hawkrigg Outstanding Rookie Award while Taylor Black (basketball), Jori Mantha (volleyball) and Ben Stubbs (swimming) were recognized as male finalists.

The Les Prince Award, presented to the student-athlete who best combines leadership with community service through participation in an outreach program was presented to wrestler Kevin MacLellan (Hamilton) and basketball player Hailey Milligan (Brantford).

MacLellan won OUA gold and CIS silver medals in the 82-kilo weight class. Selected as team captain by his teammates, he spent two days a week as a volunteer wrestling and judo instructor for inner city youth as part of a program run by the Hamilton Separate School Board. The program allows MacLellan to mentor up to 60 kids and he serves as a role model of how sport and education can be a vehicle for self-improvement.

Milligan, suffered a season-ending injury midway through the basketball season, but continued to work at promoting the sport and university through community outreach. Her efforts included forging a relationship with the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton that brought Marauder players together with local children to serve as mentors. The third-year English major also organized a visit to a varsity game to expose McMaster and promote self-development through sport.

Rich Andrews (rugby) and Sara Thompson (swimming) were also recognized as nominees for the Les Prince Award.

The Bruce Cochrane Award, presented to the student who best demonstrates unwavering dedication and service to their team, club, or group, was presented to co-recipients Ryan Loveday (Kitchener) and Laura Reitmuller.

After suffering a serious shoulder injury that ended his playing career, Loveday seized the opportunity to stay involved with Marauder football as the team’s film and scout team coordinator. He spent countless hours breaking down game and practice film, Loveday’s work was a vital part of the football team’s preparation and weekly game planning. In addition to these duties, he increased his workload and became more active as a coach on the field, working with Marauder quarterbacks and helping with the offensive schemes while maintaining his studies in engineering and management.

Reitmuller served as an athletic therapist for both football and wrestling. She demonstrated dedication beyond the regular call of duty to ensure that all the needs of team members were taken care of. Reitmuller sacrificed a great deal of her personal time, and her personal touch has made an impact on those she has attended to.

Jeff Cernelle (swimming), Osama Naqvi (rugby) and Dan Russell (volleyball/swimming) were also honoured as finalists for the Bruce Cochrane Award.

The Joyce Wignall Award, presented to the McMaster team that best demonstrates teamwork, friendship, loyalty and community involvement, was presented to the McMaster fencing team.

In 2010-11, the McMaster fencing team mobilized its members in support of the Terry Fox Run, helping to raise almost $2,000. McMaster fencing then fundraised another $2,000 for the Ride for Refuge, a charity that supports refugee assistance programs all over the world. This month (April) the fencing team hosted a Fence-A-Thon to raise money in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital.

McMaster 2010/11 Team MVPs

Men’s Badminton: Scott Hopkin, Sault Ste. Marie, Life Sciences

Women’s Badminton: Allison Bennett, Oakville, 3rd year Civil Engineering – Structural and Geotechnical, team Captain

Baseball: Sean Lemon, Mississauga, Arts & Sciences, Economics.

Men’s Basketball: Cam Michaud, Grimsby, Geography, OUA West Second-Team All-Star

Women’s Basketball: Taylor Chiarot, Hamilton, Sociology, OUA Second-Team All-Star

Cheerleading: Alisha Looper

Men’s Cross Country: Andrew Yorke, Caledon East, History, OUA Second-Team All-Star

Women’s Cross Country: Jessica Pearo, Richmond Hill, Kinesiology, CIS Individual National Champion, CIS All-Canadian, OUA Individual Champion, OUA Women’s MVP, OUA First-Team All-Star, OUA Athlete of the Week (2)

Fastpitch: Brittany Hicks, Dundas, Kinesiology

Men’s Fencing: Michael Irvine, Georgetown, Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Senior Team Captain

Women’s Fencing: Kelly Campbell, Peterborough, Arts and Sciences, Biology.

Field Hockey: Natasha Larocque, Hamilton, Health Sciences

Figure Skating: Diane D’Alessandro, Newmarket, Medical Radiation Sciences

Football – Offence: Kyle Quinlan, South Woodslee, Economics, OUA Second-Team All-Star, OUA Athlete of the Week

Football – Defence: Ryan Chmielewski, St. Catharines, Communications and Sociology, OUA First-Team All-Star; and Byron Metcalfe, Pickering, Kinesiology

Men’s Golf: Brian Decker, Oakville, Communications and Multimedia Studies

Women’s Golf: Candi Campbell, Corunna, Life Sciences

Gymnastics: Haley Ferguson, Medical Radiation Sciences

Men’s Hockey: Jake Burn and Colin Dunne

Women’s Hockey: Kaley Veerman, Charlton, Masters in Medical Sciences (Blood & Vasculature); and Jennifer Gearing, Fenwick, 1st year Medical Radiation Sciences

Men’s Lacrosse: Joe Tallis, Nepean, Chemical Engineering, CUFLA National Championship tournament MVP

Women’s Lacrosse: Jackie Heaton, Peterborough, Medical Radiation Sciences

Men’s Rowing: Peter Langer, Guelph, Commerce

Women’s Rowing: Kate Elbourne, Halifax, NS, Nursing

Men’s Rugby: Tyler Ardron, Lakefield, Economics, OUA All-Star

Women’s Rugby: Natasha Turner, Rockcliffe, Arts & Sciences, CIS All-Canadian, OUA Russell Division MVP, OUA All-Star

Men’s Soccer: Kyle Grootenboer, Brantford, Life Sciences, OUA West Second-Team All-Star

Women’s Soccer: Tara Dawdy, Burlington, Life Sciences, OUA West First-Team All-Star

Men’s Squash: Colin Chisholm, Ancaster, Commerce, OUA Second-Team All-Star

Women’s Squash: Kristina Taylor, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC, Masters in Radiation Sciences (Medical Physics, OUA All-Star

Men’s Swimming: Cameron Bailey, Hamilton, Humanities, OUA Dr. Jeno Tihanyi Award for Individual Medley Excellence recipient, OUA All-Star, OUA Gold 200m Free, OUA Gold 400m Free Relay, OUA Gold 200m IM, OUA Silver 200m Free Relay, OUA Silver 50m free, OUA Bronze 800m Free Relay

Women’s Swimming: Sarah Taylor, Stittsville, Psychology & Sociology, OUA All-Star, OUA Gold 200m Free Relay, OUA Silver 200m Medley Relay, OUA Silver 50m Free, OUA Bronze 50m Fly

Synchronized Swimming: Justine Bentley, London, Humanities

Men’s Tennis: Keenan O’Young, Toronto, Kinesiology

Women’s Tennis: Shivanie Skandarajah, Scarborough, Life Sciences

Men’s Track & Field: Scott Hutchinson, Drumbo, Commerce, OUA Bronze 4x200m Relay, OUA Bronze 4×400 Relay: and Jimmy Tat, Oakville, Kinesiology, OUA Bronze 4x200m Relay, OUA Bronze 4x400m Relay

Women’s Track & Field: Sara Giovannetti, Mississauga, OUA Silver 3000m, OUA All-Star; and Victoria Coates, Newmarket, Geography & Political Science, CIS Silver 3000m, CIS All-Canadian

Men’s Volleyball: Tyler Santoni, Kingston, Commerce , OUA First-Team All-Star

Women’s Volleyball: Sarah Kiernan, Hamilton, Kinesiology, OUA West First-Team All-Star; and Larissa Puhach, Burlington, Kinesiology, OUA West First-Team All-Star

Men’s Water Polo: Ian Dransutavicius, Dundas, Geography/Environmental Sciences.

Women’s Water Polo: Nadine Asmis, Etobicoke, Biology & Environmental Sciences, OUA All-Star

Men’s Wrestling: Sean House, Hagersville, Geography & Environmental Sciences, OUA Silver 90 kg, OUA All-Star

Women’s Wrestling: Nicole Mazaro, Haliburton, Kinesiology; and Christianna Walker, Minden, Kinesiology