Five Bears Honored as UAA Athletes of the Week

Five Bears Honored as UAA Athletes of the Week

St. Louis, Mo., May 30, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis had five student-athletes selected as University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced by the Association on Monday.

Senior Rebecca Ho of the women's tennis team, sophomore Heidi Nassos and senior Rebecca Ridderhoff of the national champion women's outdoor track and field team, and seniors Everett Kleven and Deko Ricketts of the men's outdoor track and field team each earned the honor.

Ho closed out her career with a runner-up finish at the 2017 NCAA Division III Singles Championship. She won four-straight matches in straight-sets to advance to the title match. Ho posted a 5-2 record on the week, also picking up a doubles victory with senior Kaylan Griffith in a 5-1 loss to No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Ho concluded the 2016-17 season with a 57-15 record, including a 33-4 mark in singles, and graduates as WashU's all-time wins' leader with 191. She earned the honor for the fourth time this season and 12th in her career.

Nassos placed 11th at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in the pole vault by clearing a new personal-best height of 3.80m on Thursday, May 25. The Bears captured their outdoor national championship with 56 points. Nassos picked up the honor for the fifth time outdoors and eight overall.

Ridderhoff concluded her career with an individual National Title in the 400m hurdles during the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She placed first with a sub-minute time of 59.43 to win the event. She also earned All-America honors in 100m hurdles (14.28 - sixth) and as the lead leg in the fourth-place finish in the 4x400m-relay (3:44.03). The Bears captured the national championship with 56 points, while Ridderhoff accounted for 13 points individually and five points as part of the relay. She earned the honor for the fourth time outdoors and fifth time in her career.

Kleven cleared a height of 5.15m earning All-American honors by placing fourth at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. The WashU men placed ninth overall, as Kleven earned five of the Bears' 22 points. He earned the honor for the fifth time outdoors and 11th time overall. 

Ricketts triumphed at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships with a National Title in the 800m. He captured the title with a time of 1:51.30. The WashU men placed ninth overall, as Ricketts earned 10 of the Bears' 22 points. He picked up the honor for the third time outdoors and 17th time in his career.