Three Washington University Student-Athletes Named UAA Athletes of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., April 24, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis had three student-athletes earn University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors, as announced by the Association.
Senior pitcher Olivia Cook of the softball team, sophomore Sarah Fisher of the women’s track & field team, and senior Natalie Tingir of the No. 11-ranked women’s tennis team each earned the honor.
Cook received UAA Softball Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season and second week in a row after posting a 3-0 record last week. She finished with a 0.91 earned run average in 23 innings pitched while tossing three complete games. Cook struck out 15 batters and held opponents to a .211 batting average. She allowed two or fewer runs in all three starts, including one unearned run in a 3-1 victory at home against Millikin University on April 19.
Fisher earned UAA Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honors after breaking her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on April 20. She posted the third-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season (10:40.00) to win the event. Fisher’s time bettered her own school record by more than seven seconds and set a new stadium record at the meet. Entering the UAA Championships, she has the fastest time in the 3,000 steeplechase and is ranked fifth in both the 1,500 and the 5,000.
Tingir was named the UAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week after posting a 3-0 record last week. She picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles in the Bears’ 9-0 win over Webster University on April 17. Tingir earned two wins in Washington U.’s 5-4 loss to No. 12 DePauw on April 20. She teamed up with sophomore Theresa Petraskova for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles. At No. 1 singles, Tingir posted a 6-3, 6-0 win over Kelly Gebert, who is ranked No. 5 in the Central Region in singles. With the three wins on the week, Tingir improved her career record to 96-58, and is four wins shy of becoming the 19th player in WU history to earn 100 wins.