Athletes of the Week for December 4, 2017
Hanna Watkins — University of Chicago — Manhattan Beach, CA (Mira Costa)
Sophomore midfielder Hanna Watkins scored the only goal in a 1-0 University of Chicago win over The College of New Jersey in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. She netted her eighth goal of the season just 5:23 into the game.
Kelsey Moore — University of Chicago — Scottsdale, AZ (Seton Catholic Prep)
Senior Kelsey Moore anchored the University of Chicago defense from the center back position after playing defensive midfield all season as the Maroons advanced to the title match of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. Chicago shut out The College of New Jersey 1-0 in the semifinal round.
Andrew Allen — Brandeis University — Norfolk, MA (King Phillip Regional)
Junior forward Andrew Allen scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute in a 3-2 Brandeis University overtime loss to Messiah College in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship. He netted his sixth goal of the season off an assist from sophomore Colin Panarra, driving the ball into the right netting at 79:51.
Sam Vinson — Brandeis University — Lauderhill, FL (American Heritage)
Senior defender Sam Vinson earned NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship all-tournament honors and scored the game’s opening goal in a 3-2 Brandeis University overtime loss to Messiah College in the national semifinal contest. He tallied his first goal of the season at 59:26 for a 1-0 Judges’ lead.
Stacey Reimann — University of Chicago — Vestavia Hills, AL (Vestavia Hills)
Senior Stacey Reimann led the University of Chicago defense that limited North Park University to just five shots and two shots on goal in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship. The teams played to a scoreless draw before the Maroons fell in penalty kicks.
Taylor Lake — University of Chicago — Mars, PA (North Allegheny)
University of Chicago sophomore forward Taylor Lake scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Maroons to an 82-77 comeback victory over 23rd-ranked Wheaton College (IL). She shot 50.0 percent from the field (8-for-16), hitting two of three 3-pointers. The Maroons trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter.
Madeline Homoly — Washington University — Kansas City, MO (Bishop Miege)
Washington University junior forward Madeline Homoly nearly averaged a double-double to lead the Bears to the championship game of the McWilliams Classic. She averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 steals, while shooting 53.1 percent from the field. Homoly netted 24 points in 23 minutes in a 90-79 win over Oglethorpe University and followed that with 17 points and 11 boards in a loss to Austin College.
Andrew Sanders — Washington University — Tampa, FL (HB Plant)
Washington University senior forward Andrew Sanders netted a season-high 26 points and eight rebounds in a 96-86 Bears’ win at Alma College. He connected on 11 of 16 field goals and all four of his free throw attempts. Sanders eclipsed 900 career points in the victory.
Jessica Gets — Brandeis University — Morganville, NJ (Marlborough)
Sophomore Jessica Gets posted a 15-3 record for the Brandeis University foil squad, which finished 3-3 at the Brandeis Invitational. She recorded 3-0 marks against Brown University and University of the Incarnate Word.
Mickey Bak — NYU — Linden, NJ (Academy for Information Technology)
Junior Mickey Bak finished 13-3 in the sabre as NYU competed at the Sacred Heart Tradition Meet hosted by Vassar College. He led the squad in victories against top competition, including Penn State University, Harvard University, and University of Pennsylvania.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Cindy Cheng — Emory University — Orlando, FL (Dr. Phillips)
Senior Cindy Cheng broke one Emory University record, while provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in three individual events and four relays at the Miami University (OH) Invitational. She broke her own mark in the 200-yard backstroke with a meet-record time of 1:56.63, which is the fastest in Division III this season. Cheng also swam the fastest time in Division III in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.84) second-fastest in the 500-yard freestyle (4:51.43). She swam on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay (3:22.68) and 800-yard freestyle relay (7:21.08), both of which lead Division III this season.
Brooke Hortness — Case Western Reserve University — Chicago, IL (Loyola Academy)
Senior Brooke Hortness finished second in the three-meter dive and third on the one-meter board to help Case Western Reserve University take the title at the College of Wooster Invitational. She posted scores of 387.85 in the three-meter event and 342.95 in the one-meter event.
Laura Barber — Washington University — Decatur, GA (The Westminster Schools)
Senior Laura Barber finished third on both boards to pace the Washington University diving squad at Grinnell College Invitational. She totaled scores of 384.10 in the one-meter dive and 345.15 on the three-meter board.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Oliver Smith — Emory University — Milan, MI (Milan)
Emory University senior Oliver Smith automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in one event and provisionally qualified in two more individual events and as part of three relays. He recorded the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season and punched his ticket to the NCAA championship in the 50-yard freestyle (19.60 seconds). Smith swam the second-fastest time in Division III this season in the 100-yard freestyle (43.90 seconds) and met the NCAA “B” cut in the 100-yard butterfly preliminaries (48.86 seconds). He was part of the 400-yard freestyle relay that set the meet record and posted the top Division III time this season in 2:57.52.
Gabe Bamforth — Carnegie Mellon University — Cambridge, MA (Cambridge Rindge & Latin School)
Junior Gabe Bamforth of Carnegie Mellon University swept the diving events at the Kenyon College Total Performance Invitational. His 11-dive score of 542.80 on the three-meter board currently ranks second in NCAA Division III this season. Bamforth recorded the fourth-best Division III mark this season with a score of 489.85 in the one-meter event.
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Erica Goldman — Emory University — Lloyd Harbor, NY (St. Anthony’s)
Emory University senior Erica Goldman ran the fastest NCAA Division III time of the opening week of the season in the 400-meter dash at the Birmingham-Southern College Ice Breaker. She crossed the finish line in 58.35 seconds. Goldman ran the third leg of the Eagles’ 1,600-meter relay that also posted the top NCAA Division III time of the weekend in 3:58.42.
Cassandra Laios — Case Western Reserve University — Worthington, OH (Thomas Worthington)
Case Western Reserve University senior Cassandra Laios broke her own program record in the shot put at the Spartan Holiday Classic. She finished second in the event with a toss of 13.65 meters and added a third-place finish in the weight throw with a 15.77-meter throw.
Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Ryan Stender — Brandeis University — Amherst, MA (Amherst Regional)
Brandeis University senior Ryan Stender was the top NCAA Division III finisher at 19th overall in the 5,000-meter runs at the predominantly Division I field at the University of Massachusetts Boston University Invitational. He recorded a personal-best time of 14:38.96, which ranked second in NCAA Division III over the weekend.
Michael Hradesky — Case Western Reserve University — Mayfield Heights, OH (Mayfield)
Case Western Reserve University sophomore Michael Hradesky ran the fastest 800-meter time in NCAA Division III over the weekend at the Spartan Holiday Classic. He crossed the finish line in 1:58.03, which converted to a time of 1:56.37.
Dominic Oddo — Case Western Reserve University — Mentor, OH (Mentor)
Case Western Reserve University sophomore Dominic Oddo broke the program mark in the long jump as the Spartans won their own Holiday Classic. His leap of 6.97 meters bested the previous mark of 6.69 meters set by Andrew Barnhart in 2012. Oddo also won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.94 seconds.
Brandon Hutchison — Washington University — Troy, MO (Troy Buchanan)
Washington University senior Brandon Hutchison cleared 4.55 meters at the Illinois Wesleyan University Titan First Chance meet. He placed second in the event and his mark ranked fifth in NCAA Division III in the opening weekend.
Kyle Peisker — University of Chicago — Elk Grove, IL (Conant)
University of Chicago sophomore Kyle Peisker swept the 174-pound weight class at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Invitational. He posted a 5-0 record with three technical falls and two major decisions. Peisker captured the first place match with a 16-0 technical fall victory over his opponent from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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.