Three Washington University Student-Athletes Named UAA Athletes of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., April 22, 2013 – Three Washington University in St. Louis student-athletes were selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Senior Gary Parizher of the No. 14-ranked men’s tennis team, sophomore Claire Simons of the women’s track & field team, and junior Kevin Sparks of the men’s track & field team each received the honor.
Parizher posted a perfect 4-0 record (2-0 singles, 2-0 doubles) in the Bears’ victories over NCAA Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis and McKendree University a week ago. He paired with junior Jeffrey Hirsch for a pair of wins at No. 3 doubles, and also had straight-set wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Parizher’s two victories against McKendree pushed his career win total to 118, tied for 10th place on the Washington University all-time wins list.
Simons cleared a career-best height of 3.68 meters to finish second in the pole vault at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet Friday. Her mark bettered her previous career best by 15 centimeters, and moved her into third on Washington U.’s all-time career leaderboard. Simons ranks second in the UAA and eighth in NCAA Division III this season.
Sparks shaved nearly 12 seconds off his previous career best to win the 10,000 at the Augustana College (Ill.) Meet of Champions Saturday. His winning time of 30:18.89 was nearly 42 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in the field of 35 runners. Sparks also moved into second on Washington University’s all-time leaderboard with the time. He ranks 10th in NCAA Division III and is first in the UAA this season.