Golden Bears and Pandas set school Academic All-Canadian record

    162 Academic All-Canadians honoured on Wednesday, a new University of Alberta record

    By Connor Hood on October 16, 2019

    A record number of University of Alberta student-athletes will be honoured at the annual Golden Bears and Pandas Academic All-Canadian breakfast on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • The Golden Bears and Pandas set a University of Alberta record with 162 Academic All-Canadians, breaking the record of 158 from 2017/18.
    • The University of Alberta is the first school in Canada to reach 3,000 all-time Academic All-Canadians. Following the 2018/19 academic year, the Bears and Pandas have had 3,069 AAC’s since 1990.
    • Three Pandas teams also set program record for most AAC’s, including Pandas Basketball (8), Pandas Hockey (16) and Pandas Soccer (17).
    • Austin Cole (Golden Bears Track and Field) and Alex Poznikoff (Pandas Hockey) were named the Male and Female UAlberta Academic All-Canadian student-athletes of the year.

    A total of 170 student-athletes will be honoured on Wednesday morning, which includes a record 162 athletes from U SPORTS sanctioned sports, and another eight tennis athletes. The Bears and Pandas AAC numbers have climbed in each of the past six years, going from 123 in 2013/14, to 161 last year.

    The criteria to be honoured as an AAC is maintaining an average of 80% or better over the academic year, while competing full-time for one of the university’s varsity teams.

     Thirteen UAlberta faculties are represented in the AAC total from 2018/19, led by 42 student-athletes from Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, followed by 29 from Science and 23 from Engineering and Business.

    “I am happy to congratulate all of the recipients and applaud the entire Golden Bears and Pandas program,” said Kerry Mummery, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. “This is an exemplary program that emphasizes the student in student-athlete and continues to compete - and win - at the highest levels of Canadian University sport.”

    Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics also handed out the Kathlene Yetman Memorial Trophy and the Mark Goodkey Memorial Trophy, which are presented annually to the Female and Male UAlberta Academic All-Canadian student-athletes of the year.

    Canada West and U SPORTS record-setting sprinter Austin Cole (Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation) earned the Mark Goodkey Trophy, while U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Player of the Year Alex Poznikoff (Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation) was the winner of the Kathlene Yetman Trophy.

    Cole won three Canada West and three U SPORTS medals for the Bears last year, and was named both the conference and national track athlete of the year. Poznikoff led the Pandas to a record 13th Canada West Championship, as she led the country with 37 points in just 27 conference games.

    Both KSR student-athletes will go forward as the University of Alberta’s nominees for the U SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians Award.

    2018-19 AAC’s by Faculty

    Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences

    8

    Arts

    14

    Business

    23

    Education

    12

    Engineering

    23

    Faculté Saint-Jean

    -

    Graduate Studies & Research

    2

    Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation

    42

    Law

    -

    Medicine & Dentistry

    1

    Native Studies

    6

    Nursing

    6

    Open Studies

    2

    Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science

    2

    Science

    29

    Total

    170


    2018-19 AAC’s by Team

    Team

    AAC's

    Men's Basketball

    1

    Men's Cross Country

    5

    Men's Curling

    2

    Men's Football

    19

    Men's Ice Hockey

    10

    Men's Soccer

    9

    Men's Swimming

    5

    Men's Tennis

    7

    Men's Track and Field

    15

    Men's Volleyball

    5

    Men's Wrestling

    5

    Women's Basketball

    8 *

    Women's Cross Country

    1

    Women's Curling

    3

    Women's Ice Hockey

    16 *

    Women's Rugby

    10

    Women's Soccer

    17 *

    Women's Swimming

    6

    Women's Tennis

    1

    Women's Track and Field

    15

    Women's Volleyball

    7

    Women’s Wrestling

    3

    U of A Total: 170 (83 men, 87 women)

    * - Team Record