The Georgian College Athletic Department celebrated a year of remarkable achievement from its student athletes at the 45th annual varsity awards banquet on Thursday, April 3 at the Georgian Athletic Centre in Barrie. The event brought together nearly 200 athletes from the 13 men’s and women’s varsity programs the Georgian Grizzlies compete in annually in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.
This year Georgian’s top athletes not only excelled across the province of Ontario but were recognized among the top collegiate athletes in all of Canada.
Men’s basketball player Tequilan Zwarych earned the Cloutier Cup as Georgian’s male athlete of the year after he led the Grizzlies team to one of its best in team history. Georgian finished their OCAA season in second place in the east division and earned a bye to the OCAA Championships. A fierce competitor, Zwarych was a dominant player on the court leading the Grizzlies team in points, shooting percentage, rebounds, blocks and minutes played. The Whitby native ranked eighth in the OCAA averaging 20.0 points per game and was ranked fourth in blocks while his 13.9 rebounds per game led the Nation in the category. He was named a CCAA All-Canadian and an OCAA First-Team All-Star.
Hannah Campbell capped off her remarkable five year collegiate career by being named female athlete of the year and was awarded the Greer Trophy. The native of Midland led the Grizzlies to an incredible 16-2 regular season record, earning an east division championship and a direct bye to the OCAA Championships. She finished the season first in points and blocks while also ranking second on her team in kills and serving aces and was among the league leaders in the OCAA in those categories. Campbell finishes her career in the OCAA ranked second on the all-time career blocks list with 221. She was named a CCAA All-Canadian and an OCAA First-Team All-Star.
Twenty-three athletes received an OCAA All-Academic Award for achieving an average of at least 80% or higher while also representing Georgian in their respective sport. Women’s indoor soccer player Alanna Homenuk and men’s basketball player Dylan McKenzie were awarded the Academic & Athletic Excellence Award for their accomplishments both in their sport and in the classroom.
Other major award winners on the night included men’s volleyball player Darien Haynes (Barrie) and women’s volleyball player Brittany Coughlin (North Bay) who were named the male and female rookies of the year. Men’s basketball student manager David Eitutis was presented the McKillican Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Georgian Athletic Department and men’s indoor soccer veteran Emanuel Vasiliev (Barrie) was presented the Howard/Belcourt Award for Outstanding Sportsmanship, Dedication, Commitment, Attitude and Leadership.