Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CFL Quarterback Prospect Buckley, Olympic Swimmer Masse Win BLG Awards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CFL Quarterback Prospect Buckley, Olympic Swimmer Masse Win BLG Awards

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Buckley, Masse win university sport awards

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CALGARY - Andrew Buckley and Kylie Masse are having a big 2016.

In addition to winning the BLG Awards as the top athletes in Canadian Interuniversity Sport on Monday, Masse will swim in the Olympic Games and Buckley will take a shot at becoming a CFL quarterback this summer.

"That just tells you the calibre of athlete coming out of the CIS," Buckley said. "It's an incredibly talented league and I think very under-rated."

Buckley capped five years quarterbacking the University of Calgary Dinos by setting a single-season CIS passing record of 3,162 yards. The Dinos went 8-0 in the regular season.

The University of Toronto's Masse (pronounced MOSS) swept three backstroke finals and finished top two in all seven of her races at the CIS swimming championship.

Buckley won the Hec Crighton Trophy that goes to the most valuable player in CIS football a second straight year. The 22-year-old Calgarian will attend the Calgary Stampeders camp later this month.

"I'll be the lone CIS quarterback trying to make the CFL this year," Buckley said. "I do feel like I'm representing the CIS and sure hope I do a good job."

Masse, a 20-year-old from Lasalle, Ont., won four gold medals and three silver at the CIS championship.

The second-year kinesiology student twice broke the Canadian record in the 100-metre backstroke at April's Olympic trials to punch a ticket to Rio.

She said the momentum and confidence gained from her performance at the university championship helped propel her onto the Olympic team.

"Going into trials with that kind of mindset and having come off that championship I think helped a lot my races at trials," Masse said. "Obviously CIS is doing an amazing job and it's a great foundation and support system and competition environment to be able to succeed in."

Her goal is to make the final in Rio.

Buckley and Masse each received $10,000 post-graduate scholarships, a watch and a gold ring at Monday's ceremony in Calgary.

Masse earned the Jim Thompson Trophy that goes to the female winner, while Buckley was given the Doug Mitchell Trophy as the top male athlete.

According to the CIS, there are 12,000 student-athletes competing annually for 56 universities. …

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