Athletes of the Week for February 5, 2018
Kaitlyn Read — NYU — University Park, TX (Highland Park)
NYU graduate student Kaitlyn Read averaged 27.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game as the Violets extended their UAA winning streak to four with wins at Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University. She totaled 24 points, six boards, six assists, and three steals in a 68-63 NYU win over the Tartans on Friday. In Sunday’s 67-62 victory over the Spartans, Read battled foul trouble and still finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and three assists.
T.J. Duckett — Case Western Reserve University — Washington, DC (St. Anselm’s)
Case Western Reserve University senior forward T.J. Duckett averaged 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds, while shooting 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the field, as the Spartans extended their UAA winning streak to five games with home wins over Brandeis University and NYU. He hit eight of 10 field goals and scored 22 points in the Spartans’ 69-64 win over the Judges on Friday. In Sunday’s 73-57 victory over NYU, Duckett made eight of 11 field goals and pulled down 14 rebounds.
Anastasiya Muravyeva — NYU — Fairlawn, NJ (Fairlawn)
Junior Anastasiya Muravyeva finished 15-1 as NYU won five of six matches at the Eric Sollee Invitational at Brandeis University on Saturday. Her performance helped the Violets to victories over Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, Haverford College, Hunter College, and UAA rival Brandeis. She won all three of her bouts against the Judges.
Philip Shin — NYU — New York, NY (Stuyvesant)
Senior Philip Shin finished 13-0 at the Eric Sollee Invitational hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday and then split two bouts with Harvard University on Sunday. He won both his bouts against the UAA rival Judges and helped the Violets to wins over the host as well as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, Haverford College, Hunter College, and Boston College.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Fiona Muir — Emory University — Great Falls, VA (Langley)
Junior Fiona Muir of Emory University posted a pair of fourth place individual showings as the Eagles competed in a dual meet against NCAA Division I University of Georgia. She recorded times of 24.29 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle and 52.78 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle.
Agnes Lo — University of Chicago — Fremont, CA (Mission San Jose)
Sophomore Agnes Lo of University of Chicago put together two strong performances against NCAA Division I competitors at the University of Illinois-Chicago Invitational. She placed second on the three-meter board (253.45 points) and fifth in the one-meter dive (260.65).
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Oliver Smith — Emory University — Milan, MI (Milan)
Emory University senior Oliver Smith provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in the 50-yard freestyle in a dual meet at Division I University of Georgia. He was the Eagles’ lone winner, taking the event in a time of 20.33 seconds. Smith added a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (47.28 seconds).
Cassiel Yuzik — Case Western Reserve University — Kent, OH (Theodore Roosevelt)
Case Western Reserve University freshman Cassiel Yuzik swept the diving events in the Spartans’ dual meet win over Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday. He posted a score of 249.60 on the one-meter board and won the three-meter event with a mark of 237.15.
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Robin Peter — University of Chicago — Palo Alto, CA (Henry M. Gunn)
Sophomore Robin Peter of University of Chicago won the 60-meter hurdles at the Maroons’ Windy City Rumble. Her time of 8.90 seconds ranks fifth in NCAA Division III this season.
Annalise Wagner — Washington University — Webster Groves, MO (John Burroughs)
Senior Annalise Wagner won the 800-meter run to lead Washington University to the team title at the Keck Division III Select hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University. Her time of 2:15.12 converted into 2:13.58, the fifth-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season.
Evelyn Nkanga — NYU — Sayreville, NJ (Sayreville War Memorial)
Sophomore Evelyn Nkanga finished second in the triple jump in a field of primarily NCAA Division I competitors at the Metropolitan Championships on Friday. Her leap of 11.9 meters ranks second in NCAA Division III this season.
Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Neil Saddler — NYU — San Diego, CA (Scripps Ranch)
NYU senior Neil Saddler placed second in the 3,000-meter run at the Metropolitan Championships on Friday. His time of 8:27.15 ranks 23rd in NCAA Division III this season. Saddler also ran on the Violets’ distance medley relay that posted the tenth-fastest time in Division III this season with a time of 10:19.41.
Alexander Scott — University of Chicago — Plover, WI (Stevens Point Area)
University of Chicago sophomore Alexander Scott recorded a personal-best shot put throw and second-best in program history at the Maroons’ Windy City Rumble. His mark of 15.70 meters ranks 18th in NCAA Division III this season.
Evan Drill — NYU — Neshanic Station, NJ (Somerville)
Sophomore Evan Drill finished 3-0, winning at 149 pounds in all three NYU dual matches. He posted a 12-6 win over his opponent from Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday and followed up with a 7-3 victory over 20th-ranked Roger Williams University and a 12-3 major decision over 21st-ranked Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Technology on Saturday. Drill improved to 26-4 this season.
Christopher Stern — Emory University — Bedford, NY (Fox Lane)
Emory University sophomore Christopher Stern batted .800 (8-for-10) with a home run, three runs scored, and seven runs batted in as the Eagles opened the 2018 season splitting a doubleheader at Piedmont College. He tied the Emory single-game record with six hits in the opener, finishing 6-for-6 with four RBI in a 13-6 Eagles’ win. In the second game, Stern added two more hits, including a home run, and three runs batted in.
Richard Brereton — Emory University — Darien, CT (Darien)
Emory University sophomore Richard Brereton earned the first win of the 2018 season with five innings of four-hit pitching. He yielded two earned runs to garner the win in the Eagles’ 13-6 victory over Piedmont College in the season opener. Brereton also finished the doubleheader split with five hits in eight at-bats and scored four times.
Sabrina Ross Neergaard — Brandeis University — Port Orchard, WA (Laurel Springs)
Brandeis University sophomore Sabrina Ross Neergaard recorded wins in singles and doubles to lead the Judges to a 4-3 victory over NCAA Division I Bryant University. She teamed with junior Karen Khromchenko for a 7-5 win at No. 2 doubles to clinch the doubles point. Ross Neergaard won a three-setter at first singles, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to seal the match.
Luke Tsai — University of Chicago — Mason, OH (Mason)
Senior Luke Tsai picked up a shutout win at No. 2 singles as ninth-ranked University of Chicago defeated Hope College, 9-0. In not dropping a game, he ran his winning streak to eight matches and moved to 10-2 this season.
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.