VIU athletics wins aggregate

The Mariners athletic program won the Pacific Western Athletic Association Aggregate Award for the seventh straight year in 2012-13.

For almost a decade, Malaspina University-College forgot that the aggregate award even existed. Now there’s a seemingly permanent spot in Vancouver Island University’s trophy case for the hardware.

The Mariners athletic program won the Pacific Western Athletic Association Aggregate Award for the seventh straight year in 2012-13.

“We have a bit of a stranglehold on it at the moment,” said Bruce Hunter, VIU athletic director.

PacWest athletic programs receive points based on how their teams finish in the regular-season standings and the playoffs. Those points are tallied to determine an aggregate winner.

Malaspina/VIU has won the award every year since 2006-07. Before that, it hadn’t won since 1997-98.

“Over the last few years we’re starting to see more and more of our programs move up to the top,” said Hunter.