Runners, Rugby and Field Hockey Players Earn Top Athlete Honours

March 28, 2013 - Campus Bulletin

Two runners, a rugby star and a field hockey player have been named the University of Guelph’s Athletes of the Year for 2012-2013.

Gryphon runner Anthony Romaniw was named the Gryphon Male Athlete of the Year after an incredible season with the men’s track and field team.

Three athletes shared the Female Athlete of the Year award: Britt Benn, rugby; Andrea Seccafien, cross-country and track and field; and Brittany Seidler, field hockey.

Romaniw won two gold medals at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships this year (600m and 4 x 800m) and one silver (1,000m), and helped his team take the national title. He was the only athlete to capture three medals at the national championships, and ended the season ranked No. 1 in the 1,000-metre and 4 x 400-metre relay.

Romaniw also won three gold medals at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships (1,000m, 600m and 4 x 800m) and silver in the 4 x 400m. He was named OUA Performer of the Meet and helped the Gryphons to their first-ever OUA title.

Benn helped lead the women’s rugby team to its fifth consecutive OUA title and to a silver-medal finish at the CIS championships. She was named CIS Player of the Year, CIS All-Canadian, CIS tournament all-star, OUA MVP, OUA all-star and the Gryphon team MVP. She led the conference in scoring with 80 points on 16 tries -- eight more than the next highest player.

Seccafien won her first individual CIS championship title and helped the Gryphons earn their eighth consecutive team title. She won three CIS medals: gold in the 3,000m; silver, 1,500m; and bronze, 4 x 800m relay. She was named CIS MVP. During the indoor season, she won three gold medals (3,000m, 1,500m and 4 x 800m) at the OUA championships and was named OUA Performer of the Meet.

Seidler helped lead the women’s field hockey team to an OUA silver and a CIS bronze medal this season. She led the CIS scoring charts with 19 goals in 12 games. She was named an OUA all-star, OUA MVP, Team MVP, CIS All-Canadian, CIS Player of the Year and the Player of the Game in the Gryphons’ bronze-medal CIS contest.

A complete list of award winners is available online

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