Windsor alumna honoured among country’s top student-athletes

Canadian Interuniversity Sport named UWindsor grad Nicole Sassine (BHK 2011, B.Ed 2012) to its Academic Top 8 for the 2011/12 season. The award recognizes one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four CIS regional associations for their academic and athletic successes.

Sassine was an A+ student in kinesiology, earning academic all-Canadian honours and membership on the Dean’s Achievement List and the President’s Honour Roll each of the past four years. In 2012, she received the DeMarco Trophy as the University’s top female student-athlete.

In her final season, the track athlete led the Lancer women’s team to its fourth straight national championship and its fourth provincial title in five years. She won four medals—including two gold medals—at the Ontario University Athletics championship meet, and three medals at the CIS championships, in the process earning MVP honours at both.

CIS president Leo MacPherson said the high number of academic all-Canadians across the country speaks to the quality of the competitors, their coaches and instructors. He called the Top 8 recipients “the cream of the crop.”

“To be selected among over 10,000 of their peers is an exceptional accomplishment they should be proud of,” MacPherson said.

UWindsor female track and field athletes have won the honour in five of the past seven years: besides Sassine, Erika Reiser won in 2011, Noelle Montcalm in 2009, and Jackie Malette in 2006 and 2007.

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