St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 10, 2015 – Washington University in St. Louis had six individuals selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced by the UAA.
Junior Michael Lagieski of the men’s swimming team, junior back Megan Nicklay of the No. 4-ranked women’s soccer team, junior quarterback J.J. Tomlin of the football team, senior outside hitter Nkiru Udenze and senior setter Allison Zastrow of the No. 3 volleyball team, and sophomore Nicole Zanolli of the women’s swimming team each earned the honor.
Lagieski was selected as the UAA Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row and fifth time in his career. He swam to three first-place finishes in WashU’s 187-101 win at the University of Chicago Saturday. Lagieski swam a season-best and B-cut time of 56.90 to win the 100 breaststroke by more than a second and a half. He added another individual victory in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:08.07. Lagieski also swam on the Bears’ winning 200-medley relay (1:32.55), and was the third leg of the 200-free relay (1:25.67) that finished second.
Nicklay was named the UAA Women’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after anchoring the Bears’ back line in a 2-0 victory at No. 19 Chicago Saturday. Nicklay and the WashU defense limited Chicago to five shots on goal en route to the Bears’ conference-leading 12th shutout of the season. WashU allowed one goal in seven UAA games, tied for the second-lowest total in conference history.
Tomlin received UAA Football Offensive Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season and fifth time in his career. He completed 41-of-55 passes for 498 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears’ 54-51 loss at Hendrix College Saturday. Tomlin’s total from Saturday’s game shattered the WashU single-game record for passing yards in a game.
Udenze earned UAA Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week accolades for the second time this season after averaging 2.82 kills, 3.64 digs, 0.91 blocks and 0.73 aces per set to lead WashU to its first UAA title since 2011. In Saturday’s championship match against No. 1 Emory University, she recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 16 digs, while also contributing to three of WashU’s 14 blocks. Udenze led the Bears with 10 kills and a career-high six aces in a three-set win over New York University in Friday’s quarterfinal, and had a team-high 16 digs and five blocks in a semifinal sweep of Case Western Reserve University.
Zanolli was tabbed the UAA Women’s Swimming Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career after winning three individual events in WashU’s dual meet at Chicago Saturday. She swam a B-cut time of 4:34.25 to win the 400 individual medley. Zanolli also clocked season-best times to win the 200 free (1:55.82) and 500 free (5:06.96). Her time in the 200 free was just a second off her career-best in the event. Zanolli also swam on the Bears’ 200-medley relay that finished third at the meet.
Zastrow picked up UAA Volleyball Setter/Defensive Athlete of the Week honors for the fourth time this season and fifth time in her career. She averaged a conference-best 11.27 assists per set in leading the Bears’ to the UAA Championship. In the five-set championship match win over No. 1 Emory, Zastrow topped the 50-assist mark for the ninth time this season, finishing with 51 assists. She added eight digs, an ace and a solo block against Emory, and finished the week with an average of 1.64 digs per set.