UAA Athletes of the Week
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.
Athletes of the Week for April 14, 2014


Max Golembo  —  Washington University  —  Vernon Hills, IL (Adlai E. Stevenson)

Sophomore outfielder Max Golembo batted .500 (6-for-12) in a 2-1 week for Washington University that included back-to-back one-run victories over 11th-ranked Birmingham-Southern College. He hit 2-for-4 and scored a run in a 3-2 win over the Panthers on Wednesday and followed that with a 3-for-4 performance and two runs batted in as the Bears won 8-7 on Thursday. Golembo has reached base safely in all 27 games this season.

Evan Janifer  —  University of Rochester  —  Montclair, NJ (Montclair)

Sophomore pitcher Evan Janifer recorded a 2-0 week with two saves and did not allow an earned run in four appearances for the University of Rochester. He earned saves with one inning of work in the Yellowjackets’ 5-2 victory over Keuka College and 7-6 win over Bard College. Janifer threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the win in a 3-2 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology and again with 1.2 innings of work in a 3-1 win over Bard. Janifer limited opponents to a .063 batting average and lowered his earned run average to 0.73 this season.


Matt van Niekerk  —  University of Rochester  —  Rochester, NY (Allendale Columbia)

University of Rochester freshman Matt van Niekerk tied for medalist honors before falling in the playoff at the NYU/Manhattanville Spring Invitational. He shot a two-over-par 144 after back-to-back rounds of 72 in the 66-player field to lead the Yellowjackets to a third-place finish in the 12-team field. Van Niekerk tied for fifth at the Hershey Cup in the 81-player field after a four-over-par 75 in the tournament’s second round last Monday.


Megan Light  —  Emory University  —  Atlanta, GA (North Springs Charter)

Emory University first baseman Megan Light batted .667 (9-for-15) with two home runs and nine runs batted in to lead the 16th-ranked Eagles to a 4-0 week that raised the squad’s record to 36-5. The senior finished 7-for-8 with four runs scored, four doubles, and a pair of home runs in a sweep of Covenant College. Light hit 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Eagles’ first-game victory over Piedmont College.

Eleni Wechsler  —  University of Rochester  —  Warwick, NY (Warwick Valley)

University of Rochester first-year pitcher Eleni Wechsler recorded three wins and a save, yielding one unearned run in 20.2 innings of work as the Yellowjackets extended their winning streak to eight games. She earned the save in the opening game and tossed a seven-hit shutout with six strikeouts in the second game of a Yellowjacket sweep of State University of New York at Cortland. Wechsler recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in a three-hit 5-1 win over Clarkson University and then tossed the program’s third no-hitter in a five-inning win over Skidmore College. She also batted .462 with three runs batted in.

Women’s Tennis

Gabrielle Clark  —  Emory University  —  Chicago, IL (University of Chicago Lab)

Senior Gabrielle Clark led second-ranked Emory University to wins over three top-10 opponents, recording 3-0 records in first singles and first doubles. She became the third player in program history to record 100 career doubles victories when she and Michelle Satterfield defeated the two-time defending national doubles champions from Amherst College. Clark dropped a total of seven games in four sets in the Eagles’ 9-0 win over 10th-ranked Middlebury College and 8-1 victory over fourth-ranked Amherst. She finished the weekend with a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win over the 10th-ranked singles player in the Division III Northeast Region and teamed with Satterfield for an 8-5 first doubles victory as the Eagles edged seventh-ranked Bowdoin College.

Men’s Tennis

John Healey  —  Case Western Reserve University  —  Columbia, MD (Atholton)

Senior John Healey won all four of his matches as Case Western Reserve University defeated 17th-ranked University of Chicago and Coe College. He teamed with Will Drougas for an 8-1 third doubles victory over the Maroons and an 8-6 win over Coe. He won in straight sets at sixth singles in both matches, dropping five games in each match and never losing more than three games in any set.

Kevin Chu  —  Washington University  —  Potomac, MD (Winston Churchill)

Junior Kevin Chu posted a 3-0 record in Washington University victories over NCAA Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis and 17th-ranked University of Chicago. He teamed with Jeffrey Hirsh for a 9-7 win at third doubles against UMSL and 8-6 over the Maroons. Chu recorded a straight-set win at sixth singles against Chicago.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

Electra Korn  —  Emory University  —  Woodinville, WA (Eastside Preparatory)

Emory University junior Electra Korn broke the school record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Blue Shoes Invitational at Furman University. Her time of 1:01.94 broke the previous school mark of 1:02.23, set by Kahlilah Jennings at the 1997 NCAA championships. Korn’s time ranks first in the UAA and third in NCAA Division III this season. She also ran the top UAA time this season in the 200-meter dash in 25.01 seconds, which ranks 10th in Division III.

Anna Etherington  —  Washington University  —  Deer Park, IL (Barrington)

Washington University senior Anna Etherington cleared a season-best height of 4.00 meters to win the pole vault at the St. Louis University Billiken Invitational. The mark ranks second in NCAA Division III this season and tied her own facility record.

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

Thomas Vandenberg  —  Carnegie Mellon University  —  Mamaroneck, NY (Mamaroneck)

Carnegie Mellon University junior Thomas Vandenberg recorded the top UAA time this season in his first 800-meter race of the outdoor season at the Bucknell University Bison Outdoor Classic. His time of 1:52.46 ranks seventh in NCAA Division III this season.

Kevin Sparks  —  Washington University  —  Geneva, IL (Geneva)

Washington University senior Kevin Sparks set a facility record on his way to winning the 10,000-meter run at the St. Louis University Billiken Invitational. His time of 30:27.05 bettered the runner-up by more than 11 seconds and ranks eighth in NCAA Division III this season.

Harry Weintraub  —  Case Western Reserve University  —  Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Hendrick Hudson)

Case Western Reserve University senior Harry Weintraub set a meet record and broke his own school mark in the hammer throw at the All-Ohio Championships. His toss of 62.43 meters ranks second in NCAA Division III this season.