Athletes of the Week for March 5, 2018
Madeline Homoly — Washington University — Kansas City, MO (Bishop Miege)
Washington University junior Madeline Homoly averaged 25.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. She hit 10 of 16 field goals and scored 25 points in the Bears’ 75-57 win over Wheaton College (IL) on Friday. Homoly tallied 26 points in an 85-69 loss to fourth-ranked host Hope College in the second round on Saturday. For the weekend, she shot 59.5 percent from the floor (22-for-37).
Gebereal Baitey — Emory University — Morristown, NJ (Newark Academy)
Emory University junior Gebereal Baitey averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 steals to help lead the Eagles to two wins in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship. He totaled 12 points, four boards, four assists, and a game-high three steals in the Eagles’ 91-72 win over Berry College on Friday. Baitey followed that with 15 points, hitting seven of 11 field goals, and handed out three assists in an 83-82 triumph over LeTourneau University.
Hannah Bennett — NYU — West Hartford, CT (Hall)
Junior Hannah Bennett of NYU earned a bronze medal at the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association Championship at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. She finished in a tie for third place in the 16-competitor field in the epee and helped lead the Violets to a third-place team finish.
Tiffany Luong — NYU — Newton, MA (Newton North)
First-year fencer Tiffany Luong earned a bronze medal at the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association Championship at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. She tied for third place in the 16-competitor field in the foil and helped lead the Violets to a third-place team finish.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Laura Barber — Washington University — Decatur, GA (The Westminster Schools)
Senior diver Laura Barber of Washington University qualified for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at this past weekend’s Division III Diving Regional in San Antonio, Texas. She finished third of 15 competitors in the three-meter event with a score of 390.05 to earn her spot in the NCAA championship. Barber also placed fourth on the one-meter board (396.95).
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Connor Brisson — NYU — Greenwich, CT (Greenwich)
Senior diver Connor Brisson of NYU qualified for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at this past weekend’s Division III Diving Regional at Middlebury College. He won the three-meter event with a score of 510.00 and placed second on the one-meter board with a mark of 539.90.
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Annalise Wagner — Washington University — Webster Groves, MO (John Burroughs)
Washington University senior Annalise Wagner ran on two of the fastest NCAA Division III relays this season at the Wartburg College Qualifier. On Friday, she ran the third leg of the fastest Division III distance medley relay squad this season that posted a time of 11:46.88. The following day, Wagner anchored the Bears’ 1,600-meter relay ran a time of 3:55.76, the 10th-fastest in Division III this year.
Eka Jose — Washington University — Kansas City, MO (Liberty North)
Washington University first-year competitor Eka Jose earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships with a first-place finish in the triple jump at the Wartburg College Qualifier. She recorded a personal best of 11.70 meters, which ranks 14th in Division III this season.
Men’s Indoor Track and Field
John Harry Wagner — Washington University — St. Louis, MO (John Burroughs)
Freshman John Harry Wagner ran on two of the fastest NCAA Division III relays this season at the Wartburg College Qualifier. He ran the second leg of the distance medley relay that set a program record and ran the second-fastest Division III time this season in 9:56.54. Wagner ran third on the program-record 1,600-meter relay that finished in 3:18.66, the ninth-fastest time in Division III this year.
Jonathan Iaione — NYU — Bernardsville, NJ (Bernards)
Senior third baseman Jonathan Iaione drove in 13 runs in four NYU wins during the week, batting .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles, a home run, and three runs scored. He finished 3-for-3 with a home run and eight RBI in the Violets’ 13-3 win over State University of New York at Canton on Saturday. Iaione also walked four times for a .588 on-base percentage and recorded a .909 slugging percentage.
Fort Ladd — NYU — Longmont, CO (Niwot)
Sophomore Fort Ladd tossed nine shutout innings in two appearances in a 4-0 opening week for NYU. He tossed two innings of perfect relief with two strikeouts in the Violets’ season-opening 4-2 win over State University of New York at New Paltz. He made his first start of the season on Sunday, yielding four hits and one walk with five strikeouts in a 9-0 blanking of State University of New York at Canton.
Ryan Loutos — Washington University — Barrington, IL (Barrington)
Freshman Ryan Loutos recorded his first career win and save while striking out 17 hitters in two appearances in a 4-0 week for Washington University. He earned the save with three innings of one-run relief in the Bears 3-2 win over Greenville University. Loutos then struck out 13 in six innings of work, yielding one unearned run, in an 8-3 victory over Buena Vista University.
Grace Tritchler — Case Western Reserve University — San Antonio, TX (Winston Churchill)
Case Western Reserve University senior Grace Tritchler batted .500 (8-for-16) with two home runs and eight runs batted in as the Spartans opened the season 4-0. She belted both her homers in the opening game, a 9-2 win over Marietta College. Tritcher finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in a 9-1 Spartans’ victory over Susquehanna University. She recorded at least one hit and one RBI in all four contests.
Ilissa Hamilton — Case Western Reserve University — South Abington Township, PA (Scranton Prep)
Case Western Reserve University sophomore Ilissa Hamilton posted a 2-0 record and 2.33 earned run average with 15 strikeouts in two complete game starts. She tossed five innings and yielded just one run and three hits, while fanning six, in a 9-1 Spartans’ victory over Susquehanna University. Hamilton followed that with a five-hitter and nine strikeouts in a 5-3 win over Emory & Henry College. In 12 innings, she yielded just eight hits and two walks.
Bridget Harding — Emory University — Northport, NY (Northport)
Senior Bridget Harding finished a combined 6-0 at No. 1 singles and first doubles to lead Emory University to its second consecutive Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women’s National Indoor Championship title. She did not drop a set in singles in wins over host Sewanee: The University of the South, Carnegie Mellon University, and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. Harding and Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico earned wins in all three matches, including an 8-5 decision against Pomona-Pitzer in the championship match.
James Fojtasek — Case Western Reserve University — Cypress, TX (Cypress Woods)
James Fojtasek finished undefeated at No. 1 singles and first doubles to lead Case Western Reserve University to wins over University of Rochester and Hobart College. He teamed with freshman Matthew Chen for an 8-1 win against the Yellowjackets and 8-6 against the Statesmen. In singles, Fojtasek posted a 7-5, 6-1 win in the Spartans’ blanking of Rochester and added a 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 10-8 victory in an 8-1 win over Hobart.
Athlete of the Week selections are drawn from nominees submitted by member institution coaches and sports information directors. UAA Athletes of the Week are selected in each sport in which the UAA sponsors competition. They are selected on the basis of their individual performances and contributions to team efforts during the past week in both Association and non-Association competition.