Washington University Has Three Named UAA Athlete of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., May 16, 2012 – Three student-athletes from Washington University in St. Louis was selected as University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced by the Association.
Sophomore Anna Etherington and senior Elizabeth Phillips of the women’s outdoor track & field team, and junior Kareem Farah of the No. 15-ranked men’s tennis team each earned the honor.
Etherington was selected as the UAA Women’s Outdoor Athlete of the Week for the third time this season after breaking her own school record in the women’s pole vault. She added 14 centimeters to her own record in winning the event at the Dr. Keeler Invite with a clearance of 4.01 meters. Etherington ranks third in NCAA Division III this season with the mark, and has increased her outdoor personal best in the pole vault by 45 centimeters in 2012.
Farah earned his first UAA Athlete of the Week honor of the season after posting a perfect 4-0 record to help lead Washington U. to a pair of NCAA Tournament wins last week. He lost just three games in two wins at No. 4 singles over No. 30 Coe College and No. 26 Gustavus Adolphus College, as the Bears won their sixth-consecutive regional championship. Farah also teamed with freshman Parker Chang for an 8-4 and 8-6 victories at No. 2 doubles. Farah is 14-10 in singles and 18-9 in doubles for a 32-19 combined record, and is just four wins shy of 100 for his career.
Phillips received UAA Athlete of the Week accolades for the second time during the outdoor season after a record-breaking performance at the Dr. Keeler Invite. She broke the Washington U. school record in the 1,500 meters with a runner-up time of 4:25.88, finishing behind NCAA Division I Loyola University. Phillips’ time ranks second on the NCAA Division III performance list this season. She also finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:11.54, which was less than a second off her career best in the event.