UAA Athlete of the Week Announcement Features Five Bears

UAA Athlete of the Week Announcement Features Five Bears

St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 28, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis had five student-athletes recognized as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced by the conference office Monday.

The five Bears honorees include women's basketball senior Rachael Sondag, No. 8 women's swimming & diving sophomore Elizabeth Davidson, No. 5 men's swimming & diving senior Kevin Van Cleave, No. 2 women's indoor track & field sophomore Eka Jose and men's indoor track & field junior Nick Mattuecci.

Sondag helped spring WashU ahead in a come from behind victory over Case Western Reserve on Sunday for the Bears eighth straight win on the season. She shot 5-of-6 from beyond the arc in the second half while assisting the Bears to an 82-79 win after trailing by as many as 11 points. Sondag was the Bears leading scorer in both wins and sank 12 three-pointers total which ascended her to WashU's all-time three-point field goals leader with 195 career triples. She averaged 19 points per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the field, including 60 percent from downtown. In addition, Sondag totaled seven rebounds and four assists.

Davidson posted a pair of second-place finishes as the Bears competed against Division I Illinois State. She had a score of 223.40 in the three-meter and a score of 209.05 in the one-meter dive. The No. 8-ranked WashU women claimed seven top placements out of 16 events competed in and fell by a close margin to the DI Redbirds, 156-142.

Van Cleave swam to three of the fastest times at the dual meet against Wabash College. He finished under the NCAA Division III B cut standard in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.10. He also posted the top time in the 200 IM (1:55.03) and helped the 400 freestyle relay to the fastest touch (3:09.67). The No. 5 WashU men totaled 11 first-place efforts in a 172.5-107.5 victory over No. 25 Wabash College.

Jose had a tremendous showing for the WashU Bears on Saturday at the Titan Open, posting three first-place efforts at the meet including NCAA Division III's 17th fastest 60m dash, 7.86. She also nearly matched her school record and Division III leading triple jump mark when she totaled a distance of 12.26m. In addition, Jose's  winning long jump distance of 5.78m ranks third in DIII and is the second longest in school history. The No. 2-ranked WashU women's 182.5 points nearly doubled the runner-up and host Illinois Wesleyan's amount.

Matteucci ran to a first-place finish in the mile run posting Division III and WashU's all-time second best time of 4:11.58 (which was converted to 4:08.41 for track size). He also ran to a second place finish at the Titan Open in the 800m run and the converted time of 1:54.68 ranks 20th in DIII. The Bears men tallied a leading 179 points while Lincoln College (52) and William Woods University (46) rounded out the top three of the eight teams competing at the Titan Open in Bloomington, Ill.