Spring has introduced a hurry of pleasure for ice hockey defenseman Sophie Jaques, who together with her teammates celebrated the first-ever NCAA Girls’s Ice Hockey Championship for The Ohio State College.
“It displays the expansion of our program over those previous couple of years,” says Jaques, the 2022 Arthur Ashe Jr. Feminine Sports activities Student. “That used to be a really perfect accomplishment for us, and we have been so excited to have received.”
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Jaques began in hockey when her folks have been in search of an task for her to do within the iciness. After participating in a learn-to-skate/learn-to-play-hockey program, she fell in love with the game. She says she knew she sought after to play intercollegiate ice hockey within the U.S. and located many stuff to like about Ohio State.
“Seeing all of the college pleasure is one thing I’ve by no means skilled sooner than,” Jaques says. “To get a really perfect training, Ohio State used to be a really perfect choice for me.”
Nadine Muzerall, head trainer of Ohio State’s ladies’s ice hockey crew, says Jaques used to be instrumental within the crew’s luck. “She is what we name a 200-foot hockey participant,” says Muzerall. “From one finish of the ice [to the other] is 200 toes, and she will keep an eye on all spaces of the ice. Defensively, she is disciplined, she has a powerful paintings ethic, she’s sensible, and she or he sees the ice smartly. Offensively, she is aware of learn how to rating and when to make fast selections.
“As a pace-setter, she could be very humble,” Muzerall continues. “She’s centered and dedicated to excellence. The crew completely adores her.”
Along with being a really perfect hockey participant, Jaques is intent on being a really perfect pupil. Some of the honors she has garnered are: WCHA All-Instructional Staff, WCHA Student-Athlete, OSU Student Athlete, and Instructional All-Large Ten. She remains on course thru robust time control and specializing in lecturers when it’s time to review and on sports activities when it’s time to follow and compete. She additionally credit the instructional counselors and professors, who’ve been respectful of her commitments and backbone to prevail.
“Our follow block is within the afternoon, which permits me to get numerous my schoolwork completed sooner than follow,” says Jaques.
Jaques will graduate together with her bachelor’s level this spring. She plans to profit from the additional yr of eligibility granted by way of the NCAA to play once more subsequent yr as she pursues a grasp’s level.
“There are only a few folks on a crew you’ll be able to construct your program round that shall be very important in making your crew very a success,” says Muzerall. “Sophie elevates the sport.”
Jaques’ primary is civil engineering, and she’s going to pursue a grasp’s in transportation engineering, hoping to construct a profession within the transportation box. Having finished an engineering internship, she has been a analysis assistant and educating assistant and has been granted a two-year fellowship program to hide the price of her grasp’s research.
Jaques lately serves because the co-vice president for SHEROS, a registered student-athlete group considering BIPOC ladies inside Buckeye Athletics. As a member of the chief board, she has labored to create a welcoming area and sense of neighborhood for student-athlete ladies of colour on the PWI. That is particularly significant to her as the one Black participant on her crew.
“We’ve been in a position to have social occasions, get-togethers and feature discussions that I believe have actually helped,” says Jaques. “To grasp we’re now not by myself. … We’re one of these small inhabitants, nevertheless it’s nice to be hooked up with a bunch of ladies who’re going thru the similar factor…and listen to their views.”
Alex Sommer, instructional counselor and student-athlete engagement coordinator at Ohio State, says Jaques is so self-motivated she calls for minimum help together with her lecturers. “She’s very proactive in her agenda making plans,” says Sommer, who has already been serving to Jaques together with her fall 2022 agenda to verify there aren’t any conflicts with coaching or festival.
For Sommer, Jaques’ paintings with SHEROS sticks out for its affect. “I’ve been in a position to peer her step up as a pace-setter, now not only for her crew, however for ladies of colour throughout the athletics division,” says Sommer.
Jaques has additionally been lively in neighborhood outreach, taking time to volunteer at The 2d & 7 Basis, which promotes studying by way of offering loose books and certain position fashions to children in want. When little ladies of colour come to hockey video games, and she or he takes time to talk with them and allow them to see that hockey is for everybody who needs to play. Muzerall says Jaques is dedicated to creating an affect.
“I’ve attempted to guide by way of instance,” Jaques says. “Giving my absolute best effort and dealing my toughest at the entirety I’ve completed to get the place I’m and confidently display them that if they are trying their toughest, they may be able to succeed in their targets.”
This newsletter firstly gave the impression within the April 28, 2022 version of Numerous.