St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 30, 2017 — Washington University in St. Louis had six student-athletes honored as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced by the Association on Monday.
Senior David O'Gara of the No. 8-ranked men's cross country team, sophomore punter Johnny Davidson of the football team, junior midfielder Jessica Kovach of the No. 6 women's soccer team, junior Julianne Malek of the No. 12 volleyball team and seniors Laura Barber and Nicole Zanolli of the No. 7 women's swimming and diving team each earned the honor.
O'Gara won the UAA title for the second-straight season Saturday, becoming the fifth men's runner in conference history to win consecutive individual championships. He completed the 8K course in a time of 25:36.6, which was 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. O'Gara and the WashU men won their second-straight and 11th overall conference title in school history.
Davidson punted five times for a 44.0 average in the Bears' 45-28 loss at No. 17 Case Western Reserve Saturday. He landed three punts inside the 20 and had a long of 51. Davidson ranks sixth in NCAA Division III in punting average (42.1), while the punt team ranks ninth in net punt (37.84).
Kovach and the WashU defense posted a pair of shutouts on the road last weekend in UAA play. The Bears limited Brandeis to three shots on goal in 3-0 win Friday, and then held No. 25 New York to two shots on goal in a 1-0 win Sunday. WashU has posted a shutout in 12 of 16 games played.
Malek was named to the Baden Invite All-Tournament team after recording a .402 hitting percentage with 56 kills, 15 blocks, nine digs and four aces. In a 3-1 loss to Hendrix, she recorded a new personal-best 25 kills, averaging 6.25 kills per set with a .568 hitting percentage. In WashU's 3-0 win over Transylvania, she was also highly efficient in recording 12 kills to three errors in 20 attempts for a .450 hitting percentage.
Barber placed first in both the 1- and 3-meter dive Saturday to help lead the Bears to a 205-91 dual meet victory over DePauw. She totaled 240.00 points in the 1-meter dive, which ranks 24th in NCAA Division III this season, while also claiming victory in the 3-meter dive with a score of 231.70.
Zanolli swam individually to three first-place finishes to help lead the Bears past DePauw. She demonstrated great versatility in winning the 100 backstroke (59.47), 100 freestyle (53.95) and the 100 butterfly (59.07). All three times rank in Division III's top-25.