RDC Athletics is celebrating numerous accomplishments in both individual and team sports over the first half of the 2017-2018 school year.
At the ACAC Golf Championships this fall, the RDC Kings earned gold, while the Queens captured bronze. Individually, Shaye Leidenius was the ACAC women’s Gold medal recipient and named ACAC Women’s Golfer of the Year. At the 2017 PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Golf National Championships, Leidenius finished fourth, while the Kings placed ninth at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, Ontario. Leidenius, a Kinesiology and Sports Studies student was also selected as a 2017 CCAA Women’s Golf All-Canadian.
Elsewhere, the RDC Cross-Country Running Queens picked up ACAC Gold on their home course this fall while the Kings took bronze. Bachelor of Science Nursing student Jordanna Cota earned individual gold and was named the ACAC Women’s Cross-Country Runner of the Year. Cota is also a member of the ACAC Women’s Cross-Country All-Conference team. Teammate and second year student-athlete Jill Stewart of Red Deer placed fifth and was also named to the All-Conference team. In November, the Queens earned fourth while the Kings placed eighteenth at the CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championships in Blainville, Quebec. That’s where Cota ran a personal best (22:10.5) and finished in fourth spot, resulting in being named a CCAA All-Canadian.
On the soccer pitch, the RDC Queens finished in fourth spot in ACAC Women’s Soccer in the South Division, finishing with a 3-4-3 record but missing the playoffs. Three players, Chelsea Webster, Krysten Strand and Reesa Garez were named to the 2017-2018 ACAC Women’s Soccer South All-Conference team.
Meanwhile, the Kings placed fifth in ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division with a 2-7-1 record and missed the playoffs.
On the ice, the RDC Queens Hockey team share top spot in the standings with the NAIT Ooks, both having 20 points so far, with the Queens currently boasting a 9-3-2-0 record. The Queens have entered the break on a five game winning streak, with fifth-year forward Jade Petrie of Red Deer leading the league with nine goals and tied for top spot with 13 points. Goaltender Tracie Kikuchi has the best save percentage (0.949) in ACAC Women’s Hockey.
As for the Kings, they are 9-4-1-0 at the Christmas break and share second place with the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings, both having 19 points so far. Dylan Thudium, a Bachelor of Commerce student-athlete from Sylvan Lake, shares second spot in league scoring with eight goals and 20 points.
In hoops, the 2-5 RDC Queens sit in sixth spot in ACAC Women’s Basketball South Division with four points after what has been described as an injury riddled first semester. The top four teams from each division will make the playoffs.
The Kings meantime are 3-4 and also in sixth place with six points, meaning they will have to earn at least a 10-4 record to see post season play this year.
The Queens Volley team sits in second place at the break with a 9-3 record and are winners of their past five matches. As a team, the Queens have the most digs per set in the league with 14.04.
The defending national volleyball champion RDC Kings are 7-5 so far this season and share fourth place in ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. Adam Turlejski, a fourth-year student-athlete from Melbourne, Victoria, leads the league with 0.82 blocks per set.
At the ACAC Curling Fall Regionals, the RDC Kings finished undefeated with a 5-0 record, while the Queens finished fourth with a 3-3 record. The RDC Mixed team went 2-3 and also placed fourth in St. Paul. The results from the Fall and Winter Regionals will be combined with the top four teams from each division qualifying for the ACAC Curling Championships in Camrose, February 16-18, 2018.
The ACAC Indoor Track season begins January 27, 2018, with many student-athletes from the Cross-Country Running team to join the Indoor Track team. MacEwan University will host the first competition.
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