A Winning Year for the Dalhousie Tigers
It was a banner year for the Dalhousie Tigers. They celebrated nine AUS championship titles, nine CIS all-Canadian awards, seven AUS Coach of the Year awards, 80 CIS Academic All-Canadians, 39 major AUS and CIS awards, 64 AUS all-stars, five CIS medals and volunteered over 2,000 hours of community service.
The year kicked off with the women’s cross country team winning their third consecutive AUS championship with a perfect score, placing five runners in the top five spots. All seven runners placed in the top eight during the race, earning six of the seven AUS all-stars. They went on to place fifth at the CIS championship, their best placing since winning in 2004-05.
The men’s and women’s swim teams won their 18th and 15th AUS championship banners, respectively. Katherine Webster won bronze medals in both the 400m and 800m freestyle events, while second-year Phoebe Lenderyou had six top-eight finishes including bronze in the 50m backstroke to lead the women’s team to a fifth-place team finish. The men finished the meet with a sixth-place finish.
First-year sprinter Matthew Coolen had a great season with the men’s track and field team. He won the 60m dash and 60m hurdles at every meet, leading to a fourth-place finish at the CIS championships. Third-year sprinter Shannay Beals won her first ever CIS medal with a bronze in the 60m dash, while fourth-year jumper Jordan Bruce won his second CIS career medal with a bronze in the triple jump. The women’s team won their 27th AUS championship title and the men’s team won their second consecutive championship banner.
Rick Scott’s women’s volleyball team became the first AUS program to win four consecutive conference championships since 1970. They dominated the AUS conference all year, finishing the regular season with a 14-3 record. They went on to a sixth place finish nationally.
It was also a record-setting year for the men’s basketball team. They won back-to-back conference championships and made it to the -national semifinals—two feats a Tigers men’s basketball team had never accomplished before. It also marked the first time a team had won consecutive AUS championship titles in 10 years. They went 1-2 after facing the top three teams in the nation at the CIS championship and ended their season with a fourth-place finish.
The 2015-16 season was another fine example of Dalhousie’s student-athletes excelling academically, athletically and in the community.