March 24, 2014

Washington U. Lands Six UAA Athlete of the Week Honorees

St. Louis, Mo., March 24, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis had six student-athletes selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.

Junior James Hallwood of the men’s outdoor track & field team, freshman Michael Lagieski of the men’s swimming & diving team, freshman outfielder Hannah Mehrle and senior pitcher Kelsey Neal of the No. 19-ranked softball team, sophomore Jamie Silverberg of the No. 9 women’s tennis team, and senior Jasmine Williams of the women’s outdoor track & field team each received the honor.

Hallwood posted a pair of career-best times for Washington U. in the first outdoor meet of the season Friday at the WUSTL Mini Meet. He won the 100 (10.86) and finished second in the 200 (21.79). Hallwood's time in the 200 is the third-fastest time in Washington University men’s outdoor track & field history.

Lagieski set an NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships meet record on his way to becoming the fourth individual in school history to win a National Championship Friday in Indianapolis, Ind. He won the men's 100 breaststroke in a time of 54.10, which was .16 of a second better than the runner-up finisher, and bettered the previous meet record of 54.27 set in 2009. The time was also more than .3 of a second faster than Lagieski's own previous school record time of 54.42. He also tied for 10th in the 200 breaststroke to earn All-America honorable mention honors (2:01.63). Lagieski also swam on WUSTL's 400-medley relay that placed ninth in a school-record time of 3:17.97, and the 200-medley relay that finished 12th (1:31.20).

Mehrle hit .625 (5-for-8) with a double, home run and three RBIs in four games at the Mizuno Invitational last weekend. She went 2-for-3 in her first career start in a 1-0 eight-inning loss to Illinois Wesleyan Saturday, and followed that up by going 1-for-1 with a home run, RBI, run scored, sacrifice and a walk in a 4-3 loss to No. 12 Coe Sunday. Mehrle finished the week by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a 3-2 win over No. 17 Augustana.

Neal posted a 1-0 record with a 1.14 earned run average in 12 1/3 innings pitched at the Mizuno Invitational. She tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings in the no-decision in a 1-0 eight-inning loss to Illinois Wesleyan Saturday, and followed that up allowing nine hits and two earned runs in a 3-2 complete-game victory over No. 17 Augustana Sunday. It is Neal’s first Athlete of the Week honor of the season and the fifth of her career.

Silverberg went 5-0 in three matches for Washington U. last week to bring her career record to 60-21. She was 3-0 at No. 1 singles for the Bears, dropping just two games total in straight-set wins against Lindenwood-Belleville Thursday and Augustana Saturday, and added a three-set victory against Principia Saturday. Silverberg also teamed with sophomore Aly Coran to win 8-2 at No. 1 doubles against Principia and 8-2 at No. 2 doubles against Augustana Saturday. It was the second time this season Silverberg has received UAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.

Williams was part of three first-place finishes for the Washington U. women at the WUSTL Mini Meet Friday. She won the high jump with a clearance of 1.66 meters and added a first-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.51m, which was just seven centimeters shy of her career-best. Williams also ran the second leg of WUSTL's 400 relay (50.07) that finished first. It is the first UAA Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week honor for Williams this season and the fifth of her career.