Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Athletic Department announces the winners of the Athlete of the Year and the Gildo Canale Senior Awards. 
The Athlete of the Year is awarded to a male and female student-athlete based on athletic performance for the 2008-09 academic year. To be awarded the Gildo Canale Senior Award a student-athlete must be a senior, have competed in intercollegiate athletics for four years at NMU, have a superior academic record and exhibit high character. The award was established in 1982 by former NMU Athletic Director Gildo Canale. The award is given to a male and female student-athlete.
Named Athletes of the Year were Erik Gustafsson and Laura DeWitt. Derek May and Breanne Zaremba were selected as the recipients of the Gildo Canale Senior Award.
They received their awards at the 2009 Student-Athlete Academic and Special Awards Celebration which was held Sunday, April 26. 
Gustafsson, a sophomore member of the hockey team, was a first-team selection to the 2008-09 All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Team. The Kvissleby, Sweden native was selected the Best Offensive Defenseman in the CCHA for the past season.     He was a second team All-American selection.    For the 2008-09 season, Gustafsson tied for second in the conference with 22 assists in CCHA action. Gustafsson led all CCHA defensemen with 25 points (3-22). Nationally, Gustafsson ended the season ranked 10th in defensemen scoring with 34 points (4-30).
DeWitt, a junior member of the women’s Nordic ski team and a native of Rhinebeck, N.Y., finished in 17th place in both the freestyle and classic races at the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships. At the NCAA Central Region, DeWitt won the 5K classic and was third in the 10K freestyle races. She was named to the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) first team and was named the NCAA Central Region Female Athlete of the Year.  
May, a member of the hockey team, was NMU’s nominee to the CCHA Scholar-Athlete Team for the 2008-09 season. The White Rock, B.C. native, tallied seven points for the season on a goal and six assists. A member of the NMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, May was recently named the Entrepreneur Student of the Year by the College of Business. May carries a 3.76 grade-point average in entrepreneurship.
Zaremba, a member of the volleyball team, was a three-time selection to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) academic team. Hailing from Milwaukee, Wis., she registered 20 service aces and 280 digs for the 2008 season. Zaremba is also involved with the Student Athletic Training Organization, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and NMU’s Relay for Life. In the classroom, Zaremba carries a 3.58 grade-point average in athletic training.
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David Faiella
Sports Information Director