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Case Western Reserve University junior Colt Morgan, a wide receiver on the football team, and junior Caitlyn VonFeldt, a member of the women’s swimming and diving team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.
Morgan broke the program record for receiving yards in a single season during the 25th-ranked Spartans’ NCAA opening round 24-21 loss to 13th/14th-ranked Union College in Schenectady, New York on Saturday. Morgan finished the game with 14 catches for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He gave the Spartans a 7-0 lead with 9:44 remaining in the second quarter with a 30-yard scoring grab, and then caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 6:23 left in the half to extend the Spartans’ lead to 14-0. He completed the season with 89 receptions (one short of the program record) for 1,186 yards, breaking the program record for receiving yards in a campaign, previous set by Zach Homyk in 1,165 in 2010. In addition, his 15 touchdown catches were the second-most in program history (behind only his own program-record 18 in 2018) and he extended his own program record to 34 career touchdown catches. Morgan ended his junior season ranked fourth in program history in career receptions (173) and fifth in career receiving yards (2,315). The Spartans went 9-2 overall in 2019, including an 8-1 mark in Presidents’ Athletic Conference games to claim the first outright conference title in program history, and second overall. The NCAA postseason appearance was the fifth in the program’s history.
VonFeldt headlined the women’s performances this past Saturday as she helped the Spartans pick up a pair of wins against Grove City College (204-80) and the University of Rochester (N.Y.) (181-117). VonFeldt won the 100-yard backstroke (59.70) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:09.26). In addition, she was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished first with a time of 1:51.57 and a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that won the event with a mark of 1:40.53. VonFeldt’s time of 2:09.26 in the 200 Back currently ranks 15th among all University Athletic Association swimmers.
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: Skyler Wadas (football) led the team in tackles and recorded the first interception of his career during the 25th-ranked Spartans’ 24-21 loss at #13/14 Union College in the first round of the NCAA playoffs on Saturday in Schenectady, New York. Wadas finished the game with eight tackles, including three solo. In the second quarter of the game, he picked off a pass on third and short and returned it 46 yards, setting up a CWRU score on the next play that extended the team’s lead to 14-0 at the time. Wadas finished the season fourth among CWRU players with 64 total tackles.
Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro (men’s cross country) was the team’s top finisher at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday. Pinal-Alfaro placed 109th out of 280 competitors in the race, completing the 8K course in a time of 25:31.2. It marked the first time this season that he has been the team’s top finisher, and the second time over his career. Pinal-Alfaro and the Spartans finished in 24th-place in the team standings at the NCAA Championships.
Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country) placed 87th out of 280 competitors at the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday. Competing at the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year as an individual, Lindemann crossed the finish line of the 6K course in a time of 22:47.9. It marked an 11-place improvement on her finish from last year.
Isabella Mills (women’s basketball) helped lead the Spartans to a pair of wins last week, notching the first two double-doubles of her career in the process. Mills averaged 13.3 points over the team’s three games, shooting 43.3% (13-of-30) overall, 43.8% (seven-of-16) from behind the three point line and 87.5 (seven-of-eight) from the free throw line. She paced the team with 9.3 rebounds per game and eight steals, while also dishing out four assists and recording a block. On Wednesday night, in a 96-79 win over Waynesburg, Mills tallied the first double-double of her career, scoring 18 points on six-of-10 shooting overall, including two-of-four on long-range attempts, while collecting 11 rebounds, an assist and a steal. On Saturday, at the M-Club Tournament in Alliance, Ohio, she set career-highs with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while matching her career-best with six steals during the Spartans’ 70-46 win over Juniata. She finished the game shooting six-of-14 overall and four-of-eight from behind the three-point line, while also assisting on a pair of baskets. In between the two games, Mills scored three points with a rebound, an assist, a block and a steal in an 80-43 loss to sixth-ranked Hope in Friday. For the season, Mills is leading all CWRU players with 6.9 rebounds per game and 2.7 steals per game, is second on the squad with 8.9 points per contest. The Spartans currently stand at 2-5 on the season.
Antonio Ionadi (men’s basketball) averaged 10.5 points for the Spartans over a pair of games last week. Ionadi shot 41.2% overall (seven-of-17) and 46.7% on three-point tries (seven-of-15), while also collecting 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. On Wednesday night, in an 82-75 loss at John Carroll, he tied for the team lead with 18 points, connecting on six-of-11 three-point attempts, one short of the program’s single game record. Ionadi then added a three-point, four-rebound performance in a 77-62 loss at Kalamazoo on Saturday. He is currently second on the team with 10.8 points per game this season, shooting 40.9% overall and 43.2% from three-point range. Ionadi and the Spartans stand at 2-3 on the campaign.
Calvin Tecson (men’s swimming and diving) helped the Spartan men defeat Grove City College (174-126) and Rochester (170-130) on Saturday at a tri-meet in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Tecson won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.59, and was also a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that claimed the victory in the event with a mark of 1:26.79.
Isaac Collier (wrestling) led the Spartans at the BW Invitational this past Saturday as he placed second in the 165-pound weight class. Collier opened the day with a pin over Ohio Wesleyan’s Caleb Blake in 2:50. He then earned a 6-5 decision over Ashland’s Christian Price in the semifinals. In the first-place match of the draw, Collier lost a 5-1 decision to Washington & Jefferson’s Jared Walker, who currently ranks eighth in the d3wrestle.com rankings. For the season, Collier has posted a 6-4 record in the 165 weight class with one pin and two technical falls.
2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)
September 9th: Colt Morgan (football) & Haley Sims (volleyball)
September 16th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)
September 23rd: Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) & Trisha Sundaram (women’s tennis)
September 30th: Cameron Brown (football) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)
October 7th: James Hopper (men’s tennis) & Matthew Chen (Men’s Tennis)
October 14th: Joshua Smith (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)
October 21st: Matthew Chen and James Hopper (men’s tennis) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)
October 28th: Joshua Smith (football) & Laura Gorjanc (women’s soccer)
November 4th: Trey Razanauskas (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)
November 11th: Travis Johnston (football) & Haley Sims (volleyball)
November 18th: Trey Razanauskas (men’s cross country) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)
November 25th: Colt Morgan (football) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)