St. Louis, Mo., March 5, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis had six student-athletes selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced by the association on Monday.
Garnering the selections were freshman pitcher Ryan Loutos of baseball, junior forward Madeline Homoly of women's basketball, senior diver Laura Barber of women's swimming & diving, freshman mid-distance runner John Harry Wagner of men's indoor track & field as well as women's indoor track & field sweep by freshman jumper Eka Jose and senior mid-distance runner Annalise Wagner.
Loutos had a dominant week for the Bears as they went a perfect 4-0. Loutos recorded his first collegiate save and picked up his first win in the process. He struck out 17 batters in nine innings of work including a three inning save against Greenville in a 3-2 win on Wednesday. He followed that with 13 strikeouts in six innings of work as the Bears defeated Buena Vista 8-3 on Sunday. In those nine combined innings of work he allowed eight hits, one walk and only a single earned run. Loutos earned the honor for the first time in his career.
Homoly had a dominant stat line during the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 25.5 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal per game. The Bears defeated Wheaton College on Friday as she totaled 25 points on 62.5-percent shooting. Homoly followed the performance with 26 points on 57.1-percent shooting but the Bears fell to No. 4-ranked and host Hope College. The Kansas City, Mo.-native was named the athlete of the week for the third time this season and sixth overall.
Barber qualified for the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships at this weekend's DIII Diving Regionals in San Antonio, Texas. She finished third out of 15 in the three-meter dive with a score of 390.05 to help her qualify for nationals. During Friday's action she placed fourth in the one-meter dive (396.95). Barber was named the UAA Diver of the Week for the sixth time this season and the seventh time in her career.
Harry Wagner was involved in two of Division III's top relay times this weekend at the Wartburg Qualifier. In the process of running two of the fastest relay times in the nation the Bears also set two school records. Harry Wagner was a part of two WashU records this weekend including the distance medley relay (9:56.54) and the 4x400m relay (3:18.66). In Division III, the DMR time ranks second and the 4x400m relay ranks ninth. The St. Louis, Mo.-native garnered his first career selection as the UAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.
Jose made a strong case for a spot at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet with a first place finish in the triple jump at the Wartburg Qualifier. She posted a personal-best distance of 11.70m which is tied for the 14th best distance among her DIII peers. The Kansas City, Mo.-native was selected for her first UAA Indoor Field Athlete of the Week honor.
Over the weekend at the Wartburg Qualifier, Wagner was a part of two of the fastest relays in Division III this season. On Friday, she was the third leg of DIII's fastest distance medley relay on the season which the Bears finished in 11:46.88. The Bears followed that performance on Saturday with the 10th best 4x400m relay in the nation as they finished the race in 3:55.76. The Webster Groves, Mo.-native was honored for the third time this season and the fifth time in her career.