Every week, UPEI Athletics and Recreation recognizes two student-athletes for their hard work and dedication to their respective sports. Congratulations to swimmers Rebekah Nitschmann and Matthew Smith, the UPEI Panther Subway Athletes of the week for February 6-12!
Rebekah Nitschmann is a fourth-year Foods and Nutrition student from Perth, Ontario and a graduating senior on the UPEI swim team. Rebekah swam her final AUS meet as a Panther this weekend, shattering a pair of UPEI records in the process. She broke records during the heats for the 200-meter and 400-meter free swims, and broke them again in the finals for both races. “Rebekah is one of the hardest working and dedicated athletes I’ve had the pleasure to work with,” said coach Tony Theriault. “She’s attended 99.9 per cent of scheduled workouts and has always given 110 per cent.”
Matthew Smith is a second-year Biology student from Charlottetown. Matthew opened the Subway AUS Swimming Championship this weekend with a bronze medal and a new UPEI record in the 200-meter free swim. He also broke school records in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and was a member of the record-breaking men’s relay team. “A gifted swimmer, Matthew’s ability to perform at big meets always keeps it interesting,” said Theriault. “He's discovering true potential which is great to see in a swimmer,” said co-coach Tony Theriault.
AUS Hockey quarter-finals begin this week. The Panther women take on Université de Moncton Thursday at 7:00 pm at MacLauchlan Arena. The men play Saint Mary’s University Friday evening, also at home, at 7:00 pm. Ticket’s for the women’s game can be purchased game day one hour prior to start. For tickets to the men’s games, the Bell Aliant Centre Box office will be open Wednesday from noon until 5:00 pm, Thursday noon until 5:00 pm, and Friday, noon until game time. Tickets can also be purchased online at panthertickets.universitytickets.ca.
UPEI Basketball hosts Cape Breton University Sunday afternoon in the UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre. The women tip off at 1:00 pm. The men’s game begins at 3:00 pm.
Find more details at gopanthersgo.ca.