Brekke, Kaczowka athletes of the year

Apr 12, 2003,
By Marianne Meadahl



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SFU Clan swimmer Trevor Brekke and basketball player Jessica Kaczowka were named SFU athletes of the year, while the Clan women's wrestling team received the prestigious president's team award at an awards gala at the Vogue Theatre March 28.

Brekke won a pair of breaststroke silver medals at the Canadian senior national championships. He clocked the eighth fastest time ever by a Canadian in the 100-metre breaststroke and set two B.C. records. But Brekke saved his best for last. At the U.S. National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes championships he won the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes and then anchored two record-setting relay teams.

The women's basketball team added four new players to its starting lineup but fifth-year centre Kaczowka kept them on the winning track. Kaczowka, who is completing her criminology degree, averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds as SFU rolled to the best record in the country. She was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) player of the year for the second straight season.

Other nominees for male player of the year were basketball star Pasha Bains, who led the Clan and the country in scoring, and soccer player Andrew Corraza, whose 24 goals were the third highest in Clan history. Other female contenders were Carol Huynh, who won a national wrestling championship, middle distance runner Emilie Mondor, who also won national titles in the 1,500 metre and cross country races, and swimming sensation Kathleen Stoody, with two breast stroke championships.

The president's team award goes to the program that achieves the highest combined performance in academic, athletic and community service. The women's wrestling team had the third highest team cumulative grade point average and volunteered at many high school tournaments and youth wrestling clinics.

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