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CIS – OTTAWA (CIS) – Swimmers Marie-Pier Couillard and Pascal-Hugo Caron-Cantin, both from Laval University, are the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 7, 2016.

Couillard, a third-year translation student from Lévis, Que., was named the female athlete of the meet at the RSEQ conference championships held in Trois-Rivières after she reached the podium six times in as many events, including four gold-medal performances. The 5-foot-10 sprinter won the 50-metre freestyle (25.86), 100m backstroke (59.30) and 100n butterfly (1:00.63) individual finals, helped the Rouge et Or set a new RSEQ record in the 4×50 free relay (1:44.49) and added silver medals in the individual 50m back and the 4×100 free. Next up for Couillard are the CIS championships from Feb. 26-28 at home in Quebec City, where she hopes to defend her national titles – and CIS meet records – in the 50 and 100 back.

Saint Mary’s basketball player Rachelle Coward, Windsor volleyball player Shannon Dean and Fraser Valley basketball player Kayli Sartori were also nominated for the women’s award.

Caron-Cantin, a fourth-year literature student from Chicoutimi, Que., was simply unstoppable at the conference championships as he won all six of his events en route to being named male MVP of the meet and RSEQ male swimmer of the year. The 5-foot-11 sprinter prevailed in the individual 50 free (23.14), 50 fly (24.86), 50 back (25.53) and 100 back (54.96) while also leading the Laval relays to victory in the 4×50 free (1:32.42) and 4×100 medley (3:44.42). Thanks in large part to Caron-Cantin, who is also set to compete at the CIS nationals in two weeks, the Rouge et Or men captured their first RSEQ team banner since 2013.

St. Francis Xavier basketball player Kevin Bercy, Waterloo volleyball player Aidan Simone and Calgary basketball player Thomas Cooper were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:

AUS: Rachelle Coward, basketball, Saint Mary’s

RSEQ: Marie-Pier Couillard, swimming, Laval (recipient)

OUA: Shannon Dean, volleyball, Windsor

CWUAA: Kayli Sartori, basketball, Fraser Valley

Male nominees:

AUS: Kevin Bercy, basketball, StFX

RSEQ: Pascal-Hugo Caron-Cantin, swimming, Laval (recipient)

OUA: Aidan Simone, volleyball, Waterloo

CWUAA: Thomas Cooper, basketball, Calgary

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