Six Bobcats gain NESCAC All-Sportsmanship honors

HADLEY, Mass. - Six Bates College student-athletes have earned 2014-15 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team honors, the New England College Athletic Conference announced Wednesday.

The team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport that the conference sponsors. Players and coaches from their respective teams select their own honorees.

Two of the Bobcats’ selections also gained All-NESCAC honors this past season in senior swimmer Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.), as well as senior Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) in women’s squash. For Gagne, this marks the second straight season he has received the All-Sportsmanship honor.

Both Gagne and Cam Kaubris (Rumford, Maine) of men's basketball, also acted as team captains this past winter.

Bates College 2014-15 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team selections:

Men’s Basketball: Cam Kaubris, Sr.; Rumford, Maine

Women’s Basketball: Chelsea Nason, Jr.; Boxford, Mass.

Men’s Squash: Spencer Burt, So.; Portland, Ore.

Women’s Squash: Nessrine Ariffin, Sr.; Penang, Malaysia

Men’s Swimming & Diving: Matthew Gagne, Sr.; Winnetka, Ill.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: Ilana Meyer, Sr.; Rochester, Minn.

The NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents and spectators. They display sportsmanship, not only as a participant in their sport, but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.

The All-Sportsmanship Team was created by the NESCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The NESCAC SAAC serves as the liaison between the student-athletes of NESCAC member institutions and conference administrators. The committee provides a voice to represent the concerns of all student-athletes and to discuss issues impacting student-athlete welfare. The NESCAC SAAC represents all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and promotes and celebrates student-athletes achievements.