MADISON, Wisc. - The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced today the fourth annual group of WCHA Scholar-Athlete recipients. Bemidji State’s Annie Bauerfeld (So., RW, Woodbury, Minn.), Erin Cody (So., RW, Roseville, Minn.), Brooke Collins (Sr., D, Pilot Mound, Manitoba) and Monica Rawlings (Sr., C, Maplewood, Minn.) were among the 69 WCHA student-athletes bestowed the award for the 2008-09 season.
The four Beavers include two three-time honorees (Collins, Rawlings) and two of the top three scorers this season (Cody, Bauerfeld).
Of the 69 winners, 24 are repeat honorees and only nine earned at least their third award (seven women, two men). Over the first four years of the award, there have now been 244 honorees representing all 10 men’s and all eight women’s institutions.
The WCHA Scholar-Athlete award was developed through Association member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership beginning with the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his or her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
Bemidji State is currently wrapping up the season in a two-game set against No. 2 Wisconsin, and will travel in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs next weekend.
--Information courtesy of Western Collegiate Hockey Association
2008-09 WCHA WOMEN SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
Bemidji State University: Annie Bauerfeld (So., RW, Woodbury, Minn.); Erin Cody (So., RW, Roseville, Minn.); **Brooke Collins (Sr., D, Pilot Mount, Manitoba); **Monica Rawlings (Sr., C, Maplewood, Minn.).
University of Minnesota: **Gigi Marvin (Sr., F, Warroad, Minn.); *Michelle Maunu (Jr., D, Esko, Minn.).
University of Minnesota Duluth: Johanna Ellison (Sr., G, Cloquet, Minn.); Laura Fridfinnson (So., F, Arborg, Manitoba); *Sarah Murray (Jr., D, Fairbault, Minn.) *Myriam Trepanier (Sr., D, St-Michel-de-Bellechase, Quebec).
Minnesota State University, Mankato: Ashley Bliskowski (So., D, East Bethel, Minn.); Kala Buganski (Jr., F, Anoka, Minn.); Ida Clark (Jr., D, Vallentuna, Sweden); Kristi Ellis (So., D, Rogers, Minn.); **Jenna Hewitt (Jr., F, Anoka, Minn.); *Kathleen Rosso (Jr., D, Rogers, Minn.); Holly Snyder (Jr., D, Kenosha, Wisc.); Nina Tikkinen (So., F, Salo, Finland); Amy Udvig (So., D, New Brighton, Minn.); *Ashley Young (Jr., F, South St. Paul, Minn.).
University of North Dakota: **Casie Hanson (Sr., F, St. Peter, Minn.); Brittany Kirkham (Jr., G, Nepean, Ontario).
Ohio State University: **Liana Bonanno (Sr., G, Mount Sinai, N.Y.); *Rachel Davis (Jr., D, Horton, Mich.); Raelyn LaRocque (Jr., F, The Pas, Manitoba).
St. Cloud State University: Jenaca Fredheim (Jr., D, Campbell River, British Columbia); *Caitlin Hogan (Jr., F, Oakdale, Minn.); Courtney Josefson (So., F, Bemidji, Minn.); *Kelly Meierhofer (Jr., D, Sauk Rapids, Minn.); *Brita Schroeder (Sr., D, Monticello, Minn.).
University of Wisconsin: *Maria Evans (So., F, Chanhassen, Minn.).
* = repeat honoree