|UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Athletes of the Week are selected from nominees submitted by member institution coaches and sports information directors. UAA Athletes of the Week are selected in each sport in which the UAA sponsors competition. They are selected on the basis of their individual performances and contributions to team efforts during the past week in both Association and non-Association competition.
Brandon Deger — Washington University — Montclair, NJ (Oratory Prep)
Washington University junior Brandon Deger batted .533 (8-for-15) with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and three runs batted in as the Bears took two of three games from UAA rival University of Chicago. He finished 3-for-5 with a double and a home run in a 13-1 Bears’ victory on Friday.
Nick Gollin — Washington University — Redlands, CA (The Webb Schools)
Washington University freshman Nick Gollin tossed a four-hit shutout over seven innings in a 13-1 Bears’ victory win over UAA rival University of Chicago. He walked only one hitter and struck out three to earn his sixth win in his last six appearances. Gollin completed his rookie season with an 8-1 record and 1.58 earned run average in 51.1 innings.
Maggie Ingell — Washington University — Winnetka, IL (Loyola Academy)
Washington University senior outfielder Maggie Ingell batted .500 (4-for-8) with a home run and three runs batted in as the Bears competed in the Pella Regional of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. She finished 2-for-2 with a home run in the Bears’ 7-2 victory over eighth-ranked Luther College.
Eleni Wechsler — University of Rochester — Warwick, NY (Warwick Valley)
University of Rochester first-year pitcher Eleni Wechsler tossed a three-hit shutout with no walks and seven strikeouts in the final game of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Rochester Regional, sending the Yellowjackets to the Super Regional round. Named the Most Outstanding Player, Wechsler also batted .333 (5-for-15) with a double, home run, and five runs batted in.
Gabrielle Clark — Emory University — Chicago, IL (University of Chicago Lab)
Senior Gabrielle Clark broke the Emory University record for doubles wins and became just the second Eagle to reach 100 career singles wins in leading Emory to a pair of victories at the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship Regional in Atlanta. She recorded wins at first doubles by a combined 16-5 score and dropped only one game in three full first singles sets (she led 5-0 in a match that was not completed).
Rebecca Ho — Washington University — Santa Clarita, CA (Golden Valley)
First-year player Rebecca Ho posted a 4-0 record to help Washington University advance to the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. She and partner Corinne Rauck won both their matches at first doubles, including an 8-6 victory over the second-ranked tandem in the Central Region, claiming the Bears’ only doubles point against 11th-ranked DePauw University. Ho also posted a pair of straight-set wins at second singles against Grinnell College and DePauw.
James Fojtasek — Case Western Reserve University — Cypress, CA (Cypress Woods)
Freshman James Fojtasek scored the winning point with a three-set victory at fifth singles in a 5-4 Case Western Reserve University win over Carnegie Mellon University, sending the Spartans to the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship Quarterfinals for the first time in school history. He also earned two wins at third doubles in the regional in Pittsburgh.
Kevin Chu — Washington University — Potomac, MD (Winston Churchill)
Freshman Kevin Chu posted a 4-0 record to lead Washington University to victories over Coe College and 13th-ranked Whitman College. Chu teamed with Jeffrey Hirsh for a pair of third doubles victories and then dropped just five games in winning his two matches at sixth singles.
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Emily Warner — Washington University — St. Louis, MO (Ladue Horton Watkins)
Sophomore Emily Warner ran the second-fastest 800-meter time in Washington University history to place first in the event at the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invitational on Friday. She topped the 63-runner field in 2:10.13, which ranks third in NCAA Division III this season.
Melissa Gilkey — Washington University — Woodinville, WA (Woodinville)
Washington University junior Melissa Gilkey recorded a season-best throw of 42.71 meters to win the javelin at the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invitational on Friday. She won the event by more than six meters to earn the 12th-place ranking in NCAA Division III this season.
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
Thomas Vandenberg — Carnegie Mellon University — Mamaroneck, NY (Mamaroneck)
Junior Thomas Vandenberg bettered his own Carnegie Mellon University record in the 800-meter run at the 9th Annual Gator Invitational hosted by Allegheny College on Friday. His time of 1:50.23 shattered his previous mark of 1:52.14 set in 2012 and ranks fourth in NCAA Division III this season.
Deko Ricketts — Washington University — Kansas City, MO (Barstow School)
Freshman Deko Ricketts of Washington University ran a career-best time in the 800-meter run at the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invitational and anchored the Bears’ school-record setting 1,600-meter relay. His time of 1:51.04 in the 800 ranks 11th in NCAA Division III this season, while the relay time of 3:14.38 ranks 12th in Division III.
Nick Alaniva — Washington University — Plymouth, MI (Canton)
Junior Nick Alaniva tied the Washington University school record in the pole vault at the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invitational. He cleared a height of 4.91 meters to tie teammate Troy Makous for the school mark and tie for fourth place on the NCAA Division III qualifying list.