Blues fifth-years look back on CapU careers

(L-R): Nicolas Morello, Carmelle M'Bikata, Francis Penafiel, Ashley dela Cruz Yip. Photos Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
(L-R): Nicolas Morello, Carmelle M'Bikata, Francis Penafiel, Ashley dela Cruz Yip. Photos Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

Four student-athletes completed their fifth and final year with the Capilano University Blues in 2017-18 – having proudly represented the University both on and off the field. The four left their mark, winning a combined 14 medals – with each being a part of at least one PACWEST championship – along with earning several All-Canadian, All Star, Player of the Game, and academic accolades.

With the season and the spring term complete, the fifth-years can now look back and reflect on their time at CapU and with the Blues.

Carmelle M’Bikata, Women’s Basketball, Business Administration

"Oh, what can I say, I could honestly write a novel, but I will keep it short and sweet. My five years at Capilano have arguably been some of the best years of my life thus far. From the life-long friendships, the late-night study sessions and the daily practices and trainings, it’s been a grind and somehow, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Why is that? Well, I truly love the game, even though I wanted to stop playing after my third year. Over the summer, I weighed out my options and decided to stick around. And oh, what a great decision it was. Long story short, it’s been a privilege to play the game with some of the people I love the most while completing my degree at the same time. So, for that, I’ll forever be thankful for the coaching staff: Ramin Sadaghiani, Jenn Bodnar and Chris Weimer as they gave me the opportunity to play; in addition to the countless of memories we have shared over the years with my Blues squad."

Nicolas Morello, Men’s Soccer, Business Administration

"My Capilano experience went by really quickly. I did not expect to play all 5 years. What I enjoyed the most was playing my last 3 years with my brother [Daniel]. Capilano has created a bond with my brother and I that will last a lifetime. Playing soccer at Capilano is one of the best experiences of my life. I have met and connected with so many people that I never would have. I will miss Capilano, and miss all those hours spent on the grass field."

Francis Penafiel, Women’s Basketball, Arts & Sciences

"My time at Capilano has been quite the journey both on and off the basketball court! It has been a pleasure to have played out all my five years for such a great program. From the coaching staff, Ramin, Chris and Bods, to the Athletics Administration and Sportsplex attendants, I’m super fortunate to have been surrounded by such kind, caring and helpful people throughout my academic and athletic career here. It really is a family atmosphere here at Cap and I’m truly going to miss all the friends I’ve made and people who made this place so special!"

Ashley dela Cruz Yip, Women’s Basketball, Arts & Sciences

"College sport has taught me many things that have translated into the type of student I am. Having a full basketball schedule gives me the opportunity to manage my time a lot better with homework and assignments. I've also learned how important it is to dedicate yourself and commit to something to acquire a goal. With basketball, I have continued to dedicate myself as a Blue for five years and it really paid off with our conference championship this year. With school, I dedicate the time and put in effort and it translates into the grades that I get. I wouldn't be the student I am today without the help of college sport." (From Ashley's CCAA Academic All-Canadian writeup)

Blues head into break at 4-2
November 27, 2017 Blues head into break at 4-2