Graduating Student-Athletes 2020-2021

Graduating Student-Athletes 2020-2021

Vikings Athletics would like to celebrate this year's graduating student-athletes! Although our celebration may look a little different, each student-athlete still had a profound impact on their teams and Vikings Athletics throughout their careers in the red, white and black. We wish them all the best as they continue to do great things.

Danielle Brockman – Vikings Women’s Volleyball

“Dani, over her time here, has contributed greatly to the success of our program. It is not a coincidence that our program has gone to new heights in her time here; she has been a tremendous leader on and off the court. Her leadership skills are second to none and have given our future leaders a very high bar to strive towards. Dani will be hugely successful in the next stage of her life and we wish her all the best.” – Stephen Enright, Head Coach

Sheridan Popenia – Vikings Women’s Basketball

“The women's program would like to thank Sheridan Popenia for her invaluable contributions as a captain and leader both on and off the court. Sheridan was an outstanding, multi-dimensional student-athlete and her skill set will be greatly missed. We wish her the best of luck as she graduates with her kinesiology degree.” – John Dedrick, Head Coach

Ryan Groom – Vikings Men’s Hockey

“Ryan Groom joined the Vikings and immediately made his name known around the league as an offensive threat. A student of the game who brought a great willingness to learn and improve his game in any way possible. “Groomer” could not only use his great skillset to make an impact in a game but as well would outsmart the opposition in the offensive zone. We will always be grateful for Ryan for joining our program from Portage College and appreciate him scoring goals for our team after seeing him do so against us in his rookie campaign.” – David Ritz, Vikings Men’s Hockey Alumni President

Adam Osczevski – Vikings Men’s Hockey

“Adam Osczevski has been a heart and soul player for the Vikings the past 5 years. Adam came to Augustana out of the BCHL being the captain of his Jr. A team and stepped right into a leadership role from day one for the Men's Hockey Program. Over the years "Ovi" had been known around the ACAC as a fast and talented player with a great work ethic who was extremely hard to play against. Adam has a great combination of skill, grit, and work ethic which will be dearly missed by everyone in the Men's Hockey Program.” – David Ritz, Vikings Men’s Hockey Alumni President

Zach DeGraves – Vikings Men’s Hockey

“The last of the "three stooges" in the crease to graduate from the Vikings Hockey Program. Zach joined our program and along with Curtis Skip and Harry Fredeman made up the best goaltending tandem the ACAC has seen in years. Zach made an impact immediately with his ability to battle in the crease and win hockey games putting together an impressive winning streak to begin his ACAC career. "Gravy" was a technically sound goaltender who was a great teammate to not only his goaltending partners, but the entire Vikings roster.” – David Ritz, Vikings Men’s Hockey Alumni President

Thomas Zimmerman – Vikings Men’s Volleyball

 

“Tom was the player every coach dreamed of having on their team. He was responsible, worked hard, listened extremely well, and always put his team and teammates first. He would do anything asked of him without a single complaint and with a smile on his face all while being an honor roll student. This is what made Tom such a fantastic leader and captain. Tom wasn't the most talkative person on the team, but when he did say something, people would listen. On the court, he may have been small, but his voice made him seem like he was the biggest person in the gym. He was always the loudest person in the gym and the first time I heard it I had to ask someone if that was actually him yelling because I thought it was a fan in the crowd. He was quick and aggressive on defense and never let a ball hit the floor unchallenged. On serve receive he was a rock and took up a lot of court because he was rarely targeted. He played a huge part in the success we've had while he was here and I am lucky to have had the opportunity to coach him. I wish Tom the best in his future and remember once a Viking always a Viking.” - Devin Varga, Head Coach

Connor Sinnamon – Vikings Men’s Volleyball

“Connor truly made practices more enjoyable no matter what kind of mood you were in. He kept things light with his sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. Of course, that didn't stop him from being one of the hardest working guys at every practice. He had a ton of heart and led mostly by example, especially on defense. He was the kind of player, much to the dismay of the coaching staff, that would be seen diving headfirst into the bleachers for a warmup ball in practice. He would pick himself up and jog back to the court with a big grin on his face. Part of me thinks he got a kick out of hearing me scream 'stop' in terror whenever the ball came near an obstacle. Connor wasn't the tallest player, but he was explosive and always managed to get a swing on a ball. He was a decent passer and brought a lot of energy to the court with his unique and quirky celebrations. He was a fantastic team player whether he was on the court or cheering from the bench he was truly happy for his teammate’s success. I wish Connor the best in his future and remember once a Viking always a Viking.” - Devin Varga, Head coach

Cari Kilmartin – Vikings Women’s Soccer

“Cari was one of our captains in her final years and she leads the team very well. When she came to the team, her question to me was “what position do you need filled?” I told her goalkeeper, as both of our goalkeepers were injured. She smiled and said, “I will work hard to become a good keeper.” She became better than good, she become an excellent player and goalkeeper. Once the keepers came back, she moved out to work as a central defender and once again was great. Cari is an all-round athlete and works hard to keep herself fit and leads the team very well.” – Tom McManus, Head Coach

Demi Vermeer – Vikings Women’s Soccer

“Demi is an excellent soccer player; she’s fast, controls the ball well and is a goal scorer. She is an excellent team player and works hard both on and off the field. Demi is a player who wants to become better and will work on her ball control and shooting whenever possible. She once scored a goal that you would see professionals scoring. As the ball was coming over the top, she dropped off her marker, got her head to the ball and put it in the net far post. She is an exciting player to watch and has been a huge part of the team for 4 years. She is a wonderful person and works just as hard in school.” – Tom McManus, Head Coach

Nikki Ubels – Vikings Women’s Soccer

“Nikki played both as a central midfielder and a striker. She is the type of person who is always smiling, and her smile is infectious. When we went into the community to work with younger athletes, she would always take the lead and get everyone going. She would lead the warmups at these events and all the participants really enjoyed it. Nikki is a player that I wish I had had longer. She goes on the field and always works hard. She also scored a couple of very good goals. She is a hard worker on and off the field. She would ask what I wanted her to do and then she would go out and do it.” – Tom McManus, Head Coach

Dane Philipenko – Vikings Men’s Basketball

"In his brief time here, Dane has become one of the most memorable Vikings for his defensive tenacity and his commitment to excellence. He has raised the level of our practices and the expectations of our players for their own performances. I can think of no greater compliment than to be respected and appreciated by one's teammates." - Dave Drabiuk, Head Coach

Keaton Taylor – Vikings Men’s Basketball

"Keaton has been the emotional and inspirational leader of our program in ways that are both underappreciated and fully on display at every game. He secretly works behind the scenes to keep our program true to its values and direction, and then on game day, he becomes a shining example of contributing in the best way you can, in your role, in your moment. He is an example for anyone that has had to struggle with changing and challenging roles and injury recovery in the lifespan of their athletic career. Keaton's energy will not soon be forgotten." - Dave Drabiuk, Head coach

Braeden Kelly – Vikings X-Country Running and Nordic Sports

Vikings Athletics would like to wish Braeden all the best in the next chapter of his life, we know he will be successful in whatever that may be.

Kylie Peake – Vikings X-Country Running

Vikings Athletics would like to wish Kylie all the best in the next chapter of her life, we know she will be successful in whatever that may be.

Ben Osorio – Vikings X-Country Running and Nordic Sports

Vikings Athletics would like to wish Ben all the best in the next chapter of his life, we know he will be successful in whatever that may be.

Jackson Sweder – Vikings X-Country Running and Nordic Sports

Vikings Athletics would like to wish Jackson all the best in the next chapter of his life, we know he will be successful in whatever that may be.

Sarah Hicks – Vikings X-Country Running and Nordic Sports

Vikings Athletics would like to wish Sarah all the best in the next chapter of her life, we know she will be successful in whatever that may be.

Anne Mirejovsky – Vikings X-Country Running and Nordic Sports

Vikings Athletics would like to wish Anne all the best in the next chapter of her life, we know she will be successful in whatever that may be.

Michio Green – Vikings X-Country Running and Nordic Sports

Vikings Athletics would like to wish Michio all the best in the next chapter of his life, we know he will be successful in whatever that may be.

Jaron Lauber – Vikings Men’s Basketball – Student Trainer, Assistant Coach and Manager

"Jaron has been the backbone of the program as manager/trainer/assistant coach. It is uncommon to find someone that can balance their relationship with their undergrad peers and the challenges of leadership in the manner that Jaron has. Jaron is a leader, a concerned and caring responder, and has always acted in the best interests of the players in our program. He will be missed for the unique and special contributions he has made to the Vikings." - Dave Drabiuk, Head Coach

Megan Hebert – Vikings Women’s Basketball

"I'd like to wish Megan Hebert good luck as she is transferring to the USPORT level to play for Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Megan was the North ACAC Rookie of the Year in 2019-20, and her dedication to becoming a better player each and every day earned her the opportunity to play in the Atlantic University Sport Conference." – John Dedrick, Head Coach