WashU Honored with Seven UAA Athletes of the Week

WashU Honored with Seven UAA Athletes of the Week

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 2, 2017 — Washington University in St. Louis had seven student-athletes honored as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced by the Association. 

Sophomore Taylor Cohen and freshman Emma Greenfield of the No. 2-ranked women's soccer team, senior David O'Gara of the No. 14 men's cross country team, seniors Laura Barber and Niamh O'Grady of the women's swimming and diving team and junior Brandon Lum and senior Ryan Nathenson of the men's swimming and diving team each earned the accolade.

Cohen, who earned the honor for the third time this season, netted a pair of game-winning goals as No. 2 WashU remained unbeaten with a pair of victories. She scored 12 seconds into the second half in a 4-0 win over Webster Tuesday, and then netted the lone goal in the 19th minute in a 1-0 victory at No. 21 Emory Saturday. Cohen leads the conference in goals (10), game-winning goals (3) and points (23). 

Greenfield, who picked up the honor for the second time, picked up a pair of victories and did not allow a goal in 135 minutes played in two games last week. She played the second half and got the win in a 4-0 victory over Webster Tuesday, and then made four saves in a 1-0 win at No. 21 Emory Saturday. Greenfield has allowed just one goal in 579:30, and leads the conference in save percentage (0.929) and goals against average (0.16).

O'Gara ran to an 8K career-best 24:29.44 time at the Millikin H.W. Wright Classic Friday to lead the field and the Bears overall to a perfect score over eight other schools. He earned the honor for the third time in his career.

Barber finished in fifth place of the one-meter dive with a score of 194.85 while also posting a score of 214.70 in the three-meter dive to place 10th of 16 total divers at the Show-Me Showdown Friday in Columbia, Mo. The WashU women placed fourth overall out of seven total teams with all six opponents coming from Division I or II.

O'Grady posted four times within the top-10 against Division I and II foes at the Show-Me- Showdown. She placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (57.20) for her top individual placement, while also teaming up on the 400 free relay for a fourth place finish (3:35.67). In addition, O'Grady was on the 10th place finishing 200 medley relay (1:50.26) and she also placed 10th in the 100 backstroke individually (58.99).

Lum scored multiple points for the Bears in the Show-Me-Showdown, with his top individual performance coming in the 100 butterfly as he placed fifth in 50.06. He also placed 13th in the 200 medley relay (1:35.96) and added a 17th place finish in the 100 backstroke (53.44) which earned WashU points toward its fourth place finish among eight total teams.

Nathenson scored points for the Bears on both of his dives. He placed fourth in the one-meter dive with a score of 223.20 and ninth place in the three-meter dive with a score of 208.10.