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REACH FOR THE STARS: Or for the ball at lesat. Leighann Doan gets a grip on a phat board.
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Female athletes of the year

Sports writers indulge themselves pt. 2

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Leighann Doan
It's one thing to be a legend at your school, and another to be a legend among your contemporaries. Leighann Doan is one of the greatest of all time. Twice named CIAU Player of the Year ( '00 and '01) she is a pillar of leadership. She is not only a dominant force on the court, but an incredible ambassador for athletics off the court as well. After an amazing 1999-2000 campaign, she put up the numbers this season (top 10 nationally in three statistical categories--including first in the nation in scoring at 21.5 ppg)--and led her team to a third-place finish at Nationals following a gut-wrenching loss to eventual champ Regina. She was the most dominant female athlete not only at our university or in the conference, but in the entire country.

Doan leaves the school after her most complete and dominant season ever, destined for a professional career and armed with the admiration and respect of all who played with and against her.
- Lawrence Bailey

Teresa McLaughlan
How can you argue with the Conference MVP in what is easily the strongest conference in the country? Teresa McLaughlan also earned the sole Dinos nod on the All-Canadian squad. Beyond her formidable on-pitch skills, her role as a team leader was the most significant one she played. She inspired and instructed, and her presence on the team, both on and off the pitch, will be missed. This is the sign of a truly great athlete.
- Lawrence Bailey

Breanne Graham
A true team player in a sport based on individual superiority. Graham moved weight classes to fill a hole in the 65kg weight class and to give a teammate an opportunity to wrestle in her place. While she did not return to defend her 61kg title, she gained ultimate respect by laying the smack down in the heavier class, and leading the team to yet another national championship. Oh yeah, the Most Outstanding Wrestler honour at Nationals counts for a lot too.
- Ryan Laverty

Alisa Marriott
"Sharp wit and a wicked skill, the Amazing Alisa Marriott needs to stand up and be noticed."
- Daorcey Le Bray

"The best of a fearsome threesome. Marriott shined brightest among a team of stars."
- Ryan Laverty

"Pummeled opponents with trash talk as well as kills."
- Lawrence Bailey

"When she smiles, we smile. When she kills, we applaud."
- Kris Kotarski

Taryn Swiatek
"A demon in goal, until, of course, well... we won't talk about that."
- Daorcey Le Bray

"A second-year sensation only allowing five goals all season. It's just too bad the came when they did."
- Ryan Laverty

"Seriously in denial, but we really don't mind."
- Lawrence Bailey

"The greatest goalkeeper this side of Toldo. Easily this editor's favourite athlete."
- Kris Kotarski

Carrie Burgoyne
"Swimming 400 metres always seemed tough; Carrie makes it look oh-so-easy."
- Daorcey Le Bray

"A powerhouse in every sense of the word. Pick a stroke, any stroke."
-Ryan Laverty

"Honestly. I can't even run 400 metres."
- Lawrence Bailey

"If the Dinos ever beat UBC, I bet she'll have a lot to do with it."
- Kris Kotarski

Erika Sharp
"Laying a 61 kg smackdown for a top spot in CI's."
- Daorcey Le Bray

"Another team sacrifice."
-Ryan Laverty

"Proved her worth by taking opponents to task."
- Lawrence Bailey

" Erica Sharp can kick the Rock's ass."
- Kris Kotarski

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