Women's Soccer / Defender / Junior / Castle Pines, Colo.
Major: Biological Sciences
Chloe Maciolek is a junior defender on the Maroon women's soccer team. The No. 12-ranked Maroons own a 7-1-1 overall record this season and are off to a 1-0 start in the University Athletic Association (UAA) after defeating Emory University 2-1 last week.
Head Coach Amy Reifert: "Chloe is an incredible player and teammate who has risen into a leadership position this season. Always one of our hardest workers, she has added her voice and leadership by example to the forefront this season. The consummate team player, her work rate, commitment and dedication to the success of our program is paramount. The example she sets about what 'We before Me' looks like in every action and interaction with her teammates is exemplary. Her work this season is and will continue to be critical to our program’s success."
Teammate Sydney Jones: "Chloe is an exceptional teammate. On the field, she always works her hardest and pushes her teammates around her to do the same. Chloe is incredibly consistent and whenever she’s on my team, I feel a sense of relief because I know that she is going to perform and shine. Off the field, she is one of the kindest, most selfless, and happiest people I know. It is rare to find Chloe without a smile and she never fails to put me in a better mood just by being near me. She would do anything to see our team succeed and does so through leading by example both on and off the field. She has the respect of each and every one of her teammates simply by being her incredible self. I am so proud to be Chloe’s teammate and to have gotten the chance to know her these past few years. I can’t wait to see what she does in her future because I know it’ll be nothing short of tremendous."
Other WAA nominees
Zoë Smith (Women's Cross Country)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "I’ve been wondering when Zoë was going to have this type of breakthrough performance for about a year. When I saw her just over a mile into the race running right at the front of the pack, I knew she was ready to handle this type of effort. Perhaps the first time she has felt what it was like to get out this fast, she lost a few places at the end of the race but was still our No. 5 runner (her highest ever placing on our team). I believe that she will now know how to better hang on at the end of races after feeling this type of effort and I expect her to continue performing at a really high level. On a day that we were missing three runners (due to sickness) that have been within our top five, we really needed some people to step into these roles. Zoë didn’t just step into that role by accident - she forced her way into it. I'm really proud of that effort."
Mikayla Hardy (Volleyball)
- Head Coach Sharon Dingman: "Mika has been a steady contributor all season. She is a quiet competitor that lets her play speaks volumes for her. Mika has taken on a largely increased role on our team this year and is thriving. She is fearless in big moments. We can always count on her to make that big play - be it a kill, a dig, an aggressive serve or a perfect pass - when it is needed."
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