St. Louis, Mo., April 22, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis had five student-athletes named University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced by the Association Monday.
Junior infielder/pitcher John Brinkman and senior pitcher John Howard of the No. 16-ranked baseball team, freshman Divya Sharma of the No. 15 women's tennis team, sophomore John Harry Wagner of the No. 12 men's outdoor track and field team and sophomore Julia Dannenbaum of the No. 4 women's outdoor track and field each earned the honor.
Brinkman helped WashU get a four-game sweep of Emory and capture the eighth UAA title in program history. Over the span of games two-four, Brinkman had 11 straight plate appearances which he reached base. He had a perfect 3-for-3 and 1-for-1 doubleheader on Saturday that included five walks, two doubles, a homerun, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Overall Brinkman concluded the weekend series with a .583 batting average, 1.000 slugging percentage and .737 on base percentage with seven hits and six walks while registering three runs and eight RBI. In addition, he also earned the win during game two of the series by pitching two scoreless frames and striking out two batters while scoring the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 3-2 victory.
Howard celebrated senior weekend by earning his eighth straight victory in as many attempts while setting the tone in the Bears four-game sweep of Emory. In Friday's 8-1 win over Emory, Howard held what was the top offensive team in the UAA heading into the series scoreless through seven frames, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out five batters. In the process, he lowered his career earned run average to 1.84 which ranks second all-time in Bears history.
Sharma posted a 3-0 record as WashU won three matches in four days last week at home. She had a pair of straight-set victories at No. 2 singles over No. 36 Wisconsin-Whitewater and Centre, and teamed with junior Sanjna Tripathy for a 7-5 victory at No. 2 doubles in a win over Division II Missouri-St. Louis. Sharma has a 22-10 record in her rookie season.
Wagner posted the eighth fastest time in Division III in the 800m during Saturday's competition at the Dewey Allgood Invitational hosted by Missouri S&T. He claimed first in the blazing fast event that included a trio of Bears with top-25 times in DIII. Wagner crossed the finish line in 1:52.75 which ties him as the third fastest performer in program history in the event. He was also the anchor leg of the men's winning 4x400m relay team consisting of Jason Singer, Andrew Whitaker and Eddie Wintergalen. The group's effort totaled a time of 3:14.68 which is second in Division III this year.
Dannenbaum cleared a height of 3.87m at the Dewey Allgood Invitational to take second place overall. Her height would rank fourth in Division III if not for her personal-best 3.90m mark that ranks third already.