St. Louis, Mo., March 11, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis picked up five University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week accolades, as announced Monday by the Association.
Senior guard Alan Aboona of the No. 2-ranked men’s basketball team; senior Anna Etherington of the No. 9 women’s indoor track & field team; junior Troy Makous and the distance medley relay team of the men’s indoor track & field team; and sophomore Jamie Silverberg of the No. 11 women’s tennis team each received the honor.
Aboona earned UAA Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week honors after averaging 26.5 points per game in a pair of NCAA Tournament games last weekend for the Bears. He had 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting in a 100-69 win over Wilmington College Friday in the First Round. Aboona followed that up with 26 points in an 83-75 loss to No. 24 Calvin College in the Second Round Saturday. He hit 12 three-pointers in the two games. Aboona earned the honor for the third time this season and fourth in his career.
Etherington received the UAA Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season and eighth time in her career. She equaled her season-best to win the women’s pole vault at the Point National Qualifier Saturday in Stevens Point, Wis. Etherington cleared a height of 3.91 meters at the meet, which ranks second in NCAA Division III this season.
Makous was named the UAA Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for the first time this season and second time in his career. He cleared a career-best height of 4.82m to tie for first in the men’s pole vault at the Point National Qualifier. The mark ranks second in Washington U. history and 12th in NCAA Division III this season, earning Makous a spot in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. He also improved his previous career-best set a week earlier by 12 centimeters.
The WUSTL men’s distance medley relay team of sophomore Josh Clark, junior Brendan Stone, freshman Deko Ricketts and junior Drew Padgett was selected for the UAA Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honor. The foursome broke the school record on their way to winning the DMR at the Point National Qualifier by more than 22 seconds. WUSTL’s time of 10:01.07 ranks 11th in NCAA Division III this season, which qualified the team for the NCAA Division III Championships, and bettered the previous school record of 10:02.69 set in 2005.
Silverberg captured UAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors for the first time this season and second in her career after posting a 3-0 record in a pair of dual wins for Washington U. She teamed with sophomore Aly Coran to win at No. 2 doubles (8-4) in the Bears’ 8-1 win over NCAA Division II Maryville University Thursday. Silverberg won 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Coran for an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles Sunday in a 7-2 win at Chapman University.