Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Mar. 20: Drew Hamilton and Annie Wennerberg

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Mar. 20: Drew Hamilton and Annie Wennerberg

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Case Western Reserve University junior Drew Hamilton, a swimmer on the men’s swimming and diving team, and senior Annie Wennerberg, a pitcher on the softball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for his performance this past weekend.

Hamilton earned two All-America Honorable Mention certificates at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend. Hamilton finished 15th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:30.51 on the first day of the championships. On the second day, Hamilton swam a time of 3:57.85 in the 400-yard individual medley, a new program record, finishing ninth overall in the event. Hamilton has now collected five All American certificates in his career, including the two earned during this year’s championships. He also set a program record in the 200-yard freestyle during the Spartans 800-yard freestyle relay. He swam a time of 1:39.84 in the event, besting the previous record of 1:40.11 set in 2016. The Spartan men totaled 11 points during the four-day meet to finish in 40th-place out 50 teams that scored at the NCAA Championships.

Wennerberg helped the Spartans go 4-2 during their spring break trip to Florida this past week. Wennerberg went 3-0 on the mound, allowing zero earned runs in 22.2 innings pitched, while striking out eight batters. During the Spartans’ 3-2 win against Mount Saint Mary, she pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two runs (both unearned) on six hits and struck out five batters. For the season, Wennerberg has a 4-2 overall record, including four complete games. She has totaled 38 innings pitched, allowing seven earned runs on 32 hits, while striking out 18 batters. She leads the team with a 1.29 earned run average.

The Spartan Club Athletes of the Week are selected by the CWRU Department of Athletics each Monday, based on their performance during the previous week of competition.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Ibibo (men’s track and field) won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.11 at the 2017 Washington and Lee Carnival this past weekend.

Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) gathered two top-ten finishes during the 2017 W&L Carnival this past weekend. He finished seventh in the long jump (6.28 meters) and eighth in the high jump (1.79 meters).

Olivia Newman (women’s track and field) was the Spartans’ top performer in both the 400-meter hurdles (second, 1:07.08) and 100-meter hurdles (fourth, 16.63) at the 2017 W&L Carnival this past weekend.

Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) claimed a first-place finish and a second place finish at the 2017 W&L Carnival this past weekend. She won the hammer throw with a mark of 47.38 meters (fourth longest in Division III entering the weekend). Laios also earned a second-place finish in the discus throw with a toss of 38.19 meters.

Aaron Cain (baseball) hit .348 over six games, leading the Spartans to a 5-1 record last week.  Cain started all six games in centerfield, picking up eight hits in 23 at bats, scoring six runs, driving in four, and stealing three bases on four attempts, while walking seven times to increase his on-base percentage to .500 for the week.   

Ben Murphy (baseball) allowed just one earned run over 12.0 innings of work during two starts last week for the Spartans.  Murphy surrendered two total runs on five hits and four walks while striking out 12 batters, pitching to a 0.75 earned run average and a .122 opponents’ batting average during the week, picking up wins in both games.

Maren Waldner (softball) led the Spartans’ offensively as they posted a 4-2 record during their spring break trip this past week. Waldner batted .650 (13-for-20) and scored five runs, while also driving in three RBI’s.

Kevin Dong (men’s tennis) went 4-0 in singles matches last weekend for the 10th-ranked Spartans. Dong has won five-straight singles matches to improve to 9-1 in the spring season, and to 10-4 overall in singles play this year.  Case Western Reserve stands at 10-4 overall on the season.

Nithya Kanagasegar (women’s tennis) led the 19th-ranked Spartans to a 3-1 record during their spring break trip to Florida this past week. She recorded a 2-1 singles record, while also going 4-0 in her doubles matches. Case Western Reserve stands at 7-2 overall on the season.

2017 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

January 9th: Isaac Collier (wrestling) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

January 16th: Jacob Frisch (wrestling) & Jess McCoy (women’s basketball)

January 23rd: Ben Zelkin (men’s track and field) & Temi Omilabu (women’s track and field)

January 30th: Drew Hamilton (men’s swimming) & Jess McCoy (women’s basketball)

February 6th: Andrew Munn (wrestling) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

February 13th: Oliver Hudgins (men’s swimming) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

February 20th: Colin Zucker (men’s basketball) & Nithya Kanagasegar (women’s tennis)

February 27th: Nathaniel Wahner (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

March 6th: Mark Gross (baseball) & Grace Tritchler (softball)

March 13th: Nathaniel Wahner (men’s track and field)

March 20th: Drew Hamilton (men’s swimming) & Annie Wennerberg (softball)