Holly LeReverend-Smith

Holly LeReverend-Smith graduated from Acadia in 1981 with a degree in Physical Education, and again in 1986 with a Bachelor of Education. The 1976-1977 school year was the high-water mark of Holly’s Acadia career. She helped lead Acadia to the AUAA women’s swim championship, and then to the first of two consecutive CIAU titles. At […]

H. Penney Gaul

Penney Gaul is one of only a handful of Acadia varsity athletes to have won four conference championships during her career. As a member of Acadia’s outstanding women’s swim teams of the late 1970s, she added a pair of national titles as well. Hailing from Beaurepaire, a suburb of Montreal, Gaul arrived unrecruited at Acadia. […]

Roberta Thompson

The Acadia women’s swim teams of the late 1970s were consistently among the best in Canada, winning six consecutive conference championships and back-to-back CIAU titles in 1977 and 1978. A big part of the team effort that produced that string of success was provided by Roberta Thomson of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec. Acadia entered the 1977 AUAA […]

Dr. Reagh Wetmore- 1945

Dr. Reagh Wetmore, a graduate of Acadia with B.Sc. and B.Ed. degrees in ’45 and ’46 res~ctively, subsequently received a Master of Physical Education degree from Springfield College in 1950, a Master of Science degree in ’62 from the University of Colorado and University of Florida and ultimately a Doctorate in Education from Boston University […]

1976-77 Women’s Swim Team

…A.U.A.A. champions and National record holders in Acadia’s first ever C.I.A.U. swim championship victory The ’76-’77 women’s swim team ranked No.1 in the nation, certainly lived up to all expectations, winning the A.U.A.A. championship held in Moncton, New Brunswick and later the C.I.A.U. meet staged in Etobicoke, Ontario. The women easily captured their third consecutive […]

Jill (Taylor) Leon- 1979

…female athlete of the year in ’76 and National record holder on the Axettes’ swim teams that captured C.I.A.U. titles in ’76-’77 and ’77-’78. Jill (Taylor) Leon, a ’79 graduate of Acadia, was a key member of the Jack Scholz-coached women’s swim teams that won National Intercollegiate titles during the ’76-’77 and 77-’78 academic years. […]

James M.R. Beveridge- 1937

…a distinguished scholar and athlete whose example has fostered the true Acadia “spirit.” James Beveridge, an outstanding scholar and multi-talented athlete, has long been a major contributor to the sports life of Acadia. First, as an athlete, and later as a builder during his tenure as President of the University from 1964 to 1978, he […]

Claudia (Cronin) Schlote- 1974

…a swimmer of distinction…a medal winner at the Nationals. Claudia (Cronin) Schlote, of the class of 1974, was one of the finest swimmers ever to represent Acadia, often ranking first or second at the national level in the free-style events. Among her many outstanding accomplishments in the pool were these moments as recorded in Hurrah […]

Thelma A. (Brannen) Salmas- 1956

Maritime Intercollegiate Diving Champion and Acadia varsity letter athlete in three sports .basketball, swimming and volleyball. Thelma (Brannen) Salmas, a ’56 Acadia graduate, made outstanding contributions to varsity volleyball, basketball and swimming during her years in the Axette garb. In volleyball, Thelma was part of a program that became very popular in the mid-fifties. Being […]

Neil Gordon Sanford- 1935 (1913-1955)

…an English rugby and hockey star Neil G. Sanford, a graduate of 1935, was an outstanding multi-sport athlete who starred on Acadia swimming, football and hockey teams from the Fall of ’31 to the Spring of ’35. On the football field, Neil or “Nelly” as he was affectionately called began his heroics during the Fall […]

Marion (Eaton) Bishop- 1931

…a multi-sport athlete who personified the best of the Acadia tradition. Marion (Eaton) Bishop, a member of the graduating Class of ’31, was a multi-gifted athlete who starred in basketball, tennis, swimming, track and field and tumbling. In basketball, she was a key member of a very strong club that captured the tri-province championship during […]

1977-78 Women’s Swimming

’77-’78 Women’s Swim Team Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 The ’77-’78 women’s swim team represents the apex of a marvellous era for this sport at Acadia. From the years 1975 to 1980, Acadia’s women swimmers won six consecutive AUAA championships. In the process, they established 31 Conference records and were undefeated in […]

Janice Mattson Dougherty

Janice A. Mattson Dougherty- 1974 Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 A Salem, Mass. native, Janice Mattson first appeared on the Acadia campus during the ’70-’71 academic year. During her initial season as an Axette, Janice shared centre stage with Claudia Cronin, at that time one of the Atlantic Conference’s best-ever swimmers. Both […]