Athletes of the term

Thaine Carter
Thaine Carter
Katya Herman
Katya Herman
Rares Crisan
Rares Crisan
Brie Shaw
Brie Shaw
Alistair Clark
Alistair Clark
Ruth McArthur
Ruth McArthur
Alistair Clark tries to escape a tackle Oct. 18 against the RMC Paladins.
Alistair Clark tries to escape a tackle Oct. 18 against the RMC Paladins.
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Brie Shaw clears a ball Sept. 21 against the Laurentian Voyageurs.
Brie Shaw clears a ball Sept. 21 against the Laurentian Voyageurs.
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Thaine Carter tries to pump up his teammates in the Gaels’ playoff game Nov. 1 against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Thaine Carter tries to pump up his teammates in the Gaels’ playoff game Nov. 1 against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.
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Thaine Carter
Football

Fourth-year middle linebacker Thaine Carter led the Gaels defensively en route to a perfect 8-0 regular season. Carter was a crucial part of a Gaels’ defence that only allowed an OUA-best 116 points this season and only gave up more than 16 points twice. He was honoured with the President’s Trophy as the most valuable defensive player (excluding linemen) in Canadian university football. He was also named a first-team all-Canadian and the OUA’s top defensive player. Carter was listed 15th on the most recent list of Canadian prospects for the CFL draft.

Katya Herman
Women’s rowing

Katya Herman was a key part of the women’s rowing team this year. She helped them to their fifth OUA championship in six seasons and turned in strong performances at both the provincial and national levels. Herman won gold in the heavyweight single and
heavyweight double at the Ontario championships. At the nationals, she qualified for the finals in three different events, finishing first in the lightweight double, second in the lightweight single and fourth in the heavyweight single.

Rares Crisan
Men’s rowing

Men’s rowing captain Rares Crisan played a large role in the team’s first OUA
championship since 2004. He won gold in the lightweight eight and silver in the lightweight four, and was a consistent performer all season. Crisan also helped the lightweight four team to another silver medal at the national championships, where the men placed third overall.

Brie Shaw
Women’s soccer

Rookie defender Brie Shaw made a substantial impact on the women’s soccer team this season. Shaw started all 14 games for the Gaels and was a solid presence on the back line, which only surrendered nine goals all season. She also scored the game-winning goal in the team’s first-round playoff match against the Nipissing Lakers. Shaw was named the OUA Rookie of the Year and selected for the OUA first all-star team.

Alistair Clark
Men’s rugby

Men’s rugby captain Alistair Clark led the Gaels to a 5-0-1 undefeated regular season and their second straight appearance in the OUA Final. Clark, who plays flanker for the Gaels, contributed seven tries and 35 points this year, tied for the OUA lead. He was named the OUA East Division’s
Most Valuable Player.

Ruth McArthur
Women’s lacrosse

Ruth McArthur did double duty for the lacrosse team this year, serving both as a defender and as a volunteer coach. She was a key part of the Gaels’ defence. Her leadership on and off the field helped the Gaels to a 9-3 regular-season record and their fourth-straight OUA silver medal. McArthur was selected as the OUA Defensive Player of the Year.

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