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Wisconsin's Annie Pankowski is now the 16th four-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award honoree in the 14-year history of the award (men's and women's leagues combined).
WCHA Women's League Honors 65 Student-Athletes With 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete Awards
All seven league institutions are represented on 14th annual list

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 27, 2019 – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, through University of Minnesota Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Perry Leo (Chair, Women's League) and WCHA Women's League Commissioner Katie Million, today announced the 65 student-athletes honored as the 2018-19 WCHA Women's League Scholar-Athlete Award recipients.

"On behalf of the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, I want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to all of our WCHA Scholar-Athletes for 2018-19," Dr. Leo said. "This is a truly outstanding group of young women attending our institutions and competing in our conference. Our Scholar-Athlete Award recipients give exemplary effort and dedication to all facets of the collegiate academic and athletic experience."

"I am excited to publicly recognize the terrific academic accomplishments of these 66 student-athletes, who have maintained high standards in their studies while competing at the top level of collegiate hockey," said Commissioner Million. "Similarly, I salute the successful commitment of our member institutions to the WCHA mission of providing the very best experience, both on and off the ice. Each WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient is a wonderful representative of the Association and its schools; we commend and applaud them all."

The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through member men's and women's institutional Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the WCHA membership for the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, league-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.

Over the 14 years of the award, there have now been more than 1,200 men's and women's WCHA Scholar-Athlete honorees representing every WCHA member institution. Thirty-three of this season's 65 women's recipients are repeat honorees, with eight of those now being three-time honorees.

In addition, the University of Wisconsin's Annie Pankowski is now the 16th four-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award honoree in the 14-year history of the award (men's and women's leagues combined).

2018-19 WCHA Women's League Scholar-Athlete Award recipients
(**** indicates four-time recipient; *** indicates three-time recipient; ** indicates two-time recipient):
Bemidji State University (14)
Paige Beebe So. F Blaine, Minn.
Lauren Bench** RS-So. G Eagan, Minn.
Emily Bergland*** Sr. F Thief River Falls, Minn.
Clair DeGeorge So. F Anchorage, Ak.
Kerigan Dowhy So. G The Pas, Manitoba
Abby Ecker So. D Grey Eagle, Minn.
Lindsey Featherstone So. F Woodbury, Minn.
Abby Halluska** Jr. F Delano, Minn.
Jacqueline Kaasa** Jr. F North Hudson, Wis.
Mak Langei So. D East Grand Forks, Minn.
Haley Mack** Jr. F. East Grand Forks, Minn.
Sylvia Marolt** Sr. F Thief River Falls, Minn.
Kiki Radke** Jr. F Hastings, Minn.
Kara Werth So. D Moorhead, Minn.

University of Minnesota (8)
Emily Brown So. D Blaine, Minn.
Tianna Gunderson** Sr. F Roseau, Minn.
Patti Marshall** Jr. D Thief River Falls, Minn.
Kelly Pannek** Sr. F Plymouth, Minn.
Nicole Schammel*** Sr. F Red Wing, Minn.
Taylor Wente So. F Plymouth, Minn.
Taylor Williamson*** Sr. F Edina, Minn.
Alex Woken** Jr. F Fargo, N.D.

University of Minnesota Duluth (7)
Ashton Bell So. F Deloraine, Manitoba
Sydney Brodt** Jr. F North Oaks, Minn.
Reagan Haley*** Sr. F Red Wing, Minn.
Ryleigh Houston** Jr. F Winnipeg, Manitoba
Anna Klein So. F Edina, Minn.
Naomi Rogge So. F Eden Prairie, Minn.
Emma Yanko** Sr. F Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Minnesota State University (11)
Emily Antony*** Sr. F Plymouth, Minn.
Kathryn Bidulka*** Sr. G Oakville, Ontario
Corbin Boyd*** Sr. F Minnetonka, Minn.
Chloe Crosby** Jr. G Lakeville, Minn.
Lena Düsterhöft*** Sr. D Munich, Germany
Brittyn Fleming So. F Oregon, Wis.
Jordan Jackson** Jr. D Maplewood, Minn.
Rebekah Kolstad Sr. F Mankato, Minn.
Jessica Kondas So. D Calgary, Alberta
Sofia Poinar** Jr. F Chanhassen, Minn.
McKenzie Sederberg** Jr. D Andover, Minn.

Ohio State University (7)
Samantha Bouley** Jr. F Stittsville, Ontario
Jincy Dunne Jr. D O'Fallon, Mo.
Madison Field Sr. F Oakville, Ontario
Rebecca Freiburger** Jr. F Rochester, Minn.
Emma Maltais So. F Burlington, Ontario
Jacyn Reeves** Sr. F/D Holmen, Wis.
Tatum Skaggs So. F Hartland, Wis.

St. Cloud State University (13)
Janine Alder** Jr. G Zurich, Switzerland
Hannah Bates So. D Trenton, Mich.
Katie Detert** Jr. F Rhinelander, Wis.
Ivy Dynek** Sr. F Northfield, Ill.
Janna Haeg** Jr. F Lakeville, Minn.
Laura Kluge So. F Berlin, Germany
Brooke Kudirka** Jr. F Omaha, Neb.
Suvi Ollikainen Sr. F Klaukkala, Finland
Emma Polusny So. G Mound, Minn.
Hannah Potrykus Sr. F Brighton, Mich.
Megan Roe So. F Woodhaven, Mich.
Hallie Theodosopoulos Jr. F/D Brookings, S.D.
Kenzie Wylie So. D Ham Lake, Minn.

University of Wisconsin (5)
Breanna Blesi So. G Maple Grove, Minn.
Grace Bowlby So. D Edina, Minn.
Alexis Mauermann* Jr. F Janesville, Wis.
Annie Pankowski**** RS-Sr. F Laguna Hills, Calif.
Sophia Shaver Sr. F Wayzata, Minn.