ORONO, Maine — Former University of Maine women’s basketball star Sigi Koizar and Black Bears running standout Jesse Orach have been nominated for the America East Conference’s most prestigious award.
Koizar is one of 12 nominees for America East Woman of the Year and Orach is among 10 people being considered for America East Man of the Year.
The honors recognize the conference’s senior student-athletes who have best distinguished themselves during their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
Nominees must have completed athletic eligibility in their primary sport by the end of the 2017 spring season or received their undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2017 term and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50.
Three finalists for each gender will be announced on May 22 and the winners will be recognized at the annual America East awards dinner on June 2.
Maine’s Kelton Cullenberg (cross country, track and field) won the inaugural AE Man of the Year award in 2014.
Waddell honored again
WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts — Williams College junior swimmer Emma Waddell of Bangor has been accorded Academic District I First Team honors in a vote by the region’s sports information directors.
The selection means Waddell, a former Bangor High School standout, will be considered for Academic All-America honors.
Waddell was named the Swimmer of the Meet at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas, and is swimming’s Division III nominee for the prestigious Honda Athlete of the Year Award.
To be eligible for consideration for academic honors under the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) program an athlete must
possess at least a cumulative GPA of 3.35. Waddell has earned Academic All-NESCAC honors twice.
Waddell, a biology major, has earned eight individual All-America honors and 12 All-America relay honors in her first three years at Williams. She
holds the NCAA 50 freestyle record (22.69). Waddell captured two national championship titles in 2017 after winning the 50 free in record time and
she also won the 100 butterfly for the second time in her career.
Waddell owns or shared five NESCAC Championship meet records: 50 fly (22.69), 100 fly (53.37) and 200 freestyle relay (1:33.96), 200 medley relay (1:42.24) and 400 medley relay (3:42.79). Waddell also owns five NESCAC records: 50 free (22.69), 50 fly (23.99), 100 individual medley (59.17), 200 medley relay (1:41.95) and 200 free relay (1:32.90).
UMaine swimmers gain honors
ORONO, Maine — UMaine swimmers Kevin Clyne, Victoria Kingston and Marsha Pominova have each been honored to a pair of prestigious UMaine honor societies while Anna McCurdy and Alex Bromley also gained recognition.
Clyne was recently inducted into the Senior Skulls while Kingston and Pominova were each honored to the All-Maine Women. McCurdy and Bromley were inducted into the Sophomore Owls Society.
The Senior Skulls serve the university in many aspects, ranging from freshman orientation to Homecoming activities. The All-Maine Women are distinguished leaders, scholars and outstanding female role models who are active in community service and display Maine spirit.
The Sophomore Owls Society is an honors organization dedicated to community service at UMaine and in surrounding communities.
Colby’s Arsenault recognized
WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College outfielder Ryder Arsenault, who had 102 career hits in just three years and never made an error, was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Baseball All-Conference Second Team on Wednesday.
Arsenault, of New Hampton, New Hampshire, missed his junior season due to injury. He did not make an error in center field in 182 chances and handled a career-high 73 chances this season.
Arsenault had career numbers of 102 hits, 47 runs, 14 doubles, four triples, one home run, 37 RBI, 30 stolen bases, and 19 walks.
The senior hit .285 this season with nine doubles, 12 runs, and 13 RBI. Arsenault, who also played on the Colby football team, earned All-NESCAC baseball honors for the first time.