St. Louis, Mo., May 12, 2014 – Nine student-athletes from Washington University in St. Louis were selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Junior Nick Alanivaand freshman Deko Ricketts of the No. 19-ranked men’s track & field team, junior Kevin Chu of the No.2 men’s tennis team, junior Brandon Deger and freshman Nick Gollin of the baseball team, junior Melissa Gilkey and sophomore Emily Warner of the No. 13 women’s track & field team, freshman Rebecca Ho of the No. 9 women’s tennis team, and senior Maggie Ingell of the softball team each received the honor.
Alaniva was named the UAA Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week after a record-breaking performance at the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invitational Thursday-Friday in Naperville, Ill. He broke the school record in the men’s pole vault, clearing a height of 4.91 meters on his first attempt to finish as the runner-up in the event. The mark was more than 20 centimeters better than Alaniva’s previous career-best and tied junior teammate Troy Makous for the school record. Alaniva and Makous are tied for fourth on the NCAA Division III leaderboard this season. It was Alaniva’s first UAA Outdoor honor of the year and second of his career.
Chu received UAA Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week recognition for the second time this season after posting a 4-0 record to help lead the Bears to NCAA Tournament victories over Coe College (5-0) and No. 13 Whitman College (5-2). He teamed with senior Jeffrey Hirsh for a pair of doubles victories at No. 3, and then cruised through a pair of singles victories at No. 6, losing just five games in two matches. Chu has a 31-9 overall record (12-5 doubles, 19-4 singles) and is riding a 12-match winning streak.
Deger earned UAA Baseball Hitter of the Week honors for the first time in his career after batting .533 (8-for-15) in three games at the University of Chicago Friday-Saturday. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, an RBI and a run scored in the Bears’ 13-1 win Friday. Deger followed that by finishing 5-for-10 at the plate with a double, three runs and two RBIs as Washington U. split Saturday’s doubleheader.
Gilkey was tabbed as the UAA Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row and third time in her career. She won the javelin by more than six meters at the Dr. Keeler Invitational Friday with a season-best mark of 42.71m. Gilkey’s mark moved her up to 12th on the NCAA Division III Outdoor leaderboard this season.
Gollin was selected as the UAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season after improving to 8-1 with a win at Chicago Friday. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out three in the Bears’ 13-1 win. Gollin earned wins in each of his last six appearances of the season, and finished his rookie campaign with a 1.58 ERA in 51 1/3 innings pitched.
Ho was named the UAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week after posting a 4-0 record and helping Washington U. advance to the NCAA Quarterfinal for the second year in a row and third time in school history. In the Bears’ 5-0 second-round win over Grinnell College Friday, Ho teamed with senior Corinne Rauck to win 8-2 at No. 1 doubles, and posted a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles. The next day, Ho and Rauck battled to an 8-6 win against the second-ranked doubles team in the Central Region, DePauw University’s Caroline Emhardt and Maggie MacPhail. Ho then rallied for a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win at No. 2 singles to tie the match (2-2) that the Bears’ eventually won 5-2 over No. 11 DePauw. With the wins, Ho brought her season record to 40-7 overall.
Ingell earned UAA Softball Hitter of the Week honors for the third time this season and sixth time in her career after being named to the Pella Regional All-Tournament team over the weekend. She batted .500 (4-for-8) with a home run and three RBIs as the Bears posted a 1-2 record at the Regional. Ingell was 2-for-2 with a home run, walk, RBI and run scored in Washington U.’s 7-2 upset win over No. 8 Luther College in the first round Friday. She also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the 7-6 season-ending loss to Luther Saturday in an elimination game. Ingell became the Bears’ all-time hits leader (221) with an RBI single in the second game against Luther.
Ricketts picked up the first UAA Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honor of his career after posting a career-best time in the 800 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational Friday. He placed third in the event with a time of 1:51.04, which ranks ninth on the NCAA Division III Outdoor leaderboard this season. Ricketts also anchored Washington U.’s 1,600 relay to a school-record time of 3:14.38 at the meet. The Bears finished fourth in the race, and their time ranks 10th in NCAA Division III this season.
Warner received UAA Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week accolades for the second time this season after winning the 800 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational Friday. She clocked the second-fastest women’s 800 time in Washington University history (2:10.13) to win the race in the field of 63 runners. Warner’s time was more than two seconds faster than her previous career-best, and ranks third on the NCAA Division III Outdoor leaderboard this season.