Kayla Vrieze Wins NCAA Elite 90 Award for NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey

Posted on March 17th, 2022 by

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Kayla Vrieze (Sr., Eagan) of Gustavus women’s hockey is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2022 NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship, which was announced Thursday by the NCAA.

Vrieze, majoring in public accounting, currently carries a 3.987 GPA. Vrieze was presented with the award prior to the Gusties’ NCAA semifinal game against Plattsburgh State.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above academically who have participated in a sport for at least two years with their school. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

Vrieze becomes the 12th Gustavus student-athlete to receive the Elite 90 Award and is the seventh from the women’s hockey program, joining Sarah Moe (2002), Nara Higano (2009), Melissa Mackley (2010), Sara Yungner (2011), Marah Sobczak (2012), and Carolyn Draayer (2013).


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