Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 26: Alec Hoover and Nimi Gupta

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 26: Alec Hoover and Nimi Gupta

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Case Western Reserve University sophomore Alec Hoover, a 133-pounder on the wrestling team, and senior Nimi Gupta, a thrower on the women’s track and field team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Hoover earned a fifth-place finish in the 133-pound weight class at the 2018 NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships this past weekend. Hoover began the regional with a pin at the 3:00 mark versus Olivet’s Spencer Fox. In the quarterfinals, the second year Spartan squared off against Adrian’s Dominic Paterra and Hoover earned another pin (1:31). On the second day of competition, Hoover dropped an 11-4 decision to Wabash’s Owen Doster in the semifinals and then fell to Baldwin Wallace’s Dante Ginnetti in the consolation semifinals. Hoover wrapped up the regional by pinning Muskingum’s Slade Stiles (3:33) in the fifth-place match. Overall, Alec Hoover gathered 14.0 team points and went 3-2 throughout the regional, including all three wins coming by pin.

Gupta led the Spartan women at the 2018 University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Gupta claimed the title in the weight throw with a distance of 15.57 meters on her throw in the finals. She scored 10 points towards the Spartan women’s team total with her finish in the event. Her mark of 15.57 meters currently ranks as the third best mark in the UAA this season.

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: Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball) shot eight-of-18 from the floor and four-of-six from behind the three point line, leading the team with 22 points during the Spartans’ 71-55 loss in their season finals against Carnegie Mellon on Saturday. She finished the season leading all CWRU players with 16.1 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per contest. 

Sam Merriman (men’s track and field) led the Spartan men at the 2018 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Merriman claimed the title in the 5,000-meter run on Saturday with a time of 14:46.28. He followed that on Sunday by finishing second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:36.33. Merriman’s time in the 5,000-meter run currently ranks first among all University Athletic Association runners this year.

Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) earned All-UAA honors in the long jump and also placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2018 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Oddo finished second in the long jump on Saturday after recording a distance of 6.75 meters. He followed that with a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.74.

Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field) earned All-UAA honors in the 5,000-meter run and also placed fifth in the 3,000-meter run at the 2018 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Kulpins placed second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 7:29.27 and then finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:13.35.

Kyle Barclay (men’s swimming and diving) gathered three top-five finishes at the Midwest Invitational this past weekend to help the Spartan men finish second at the meet. He also was a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that finished third with a time of 3:48.88 and a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished fourth with a time of 1:31.12.

Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving) claimed the title in the 50-yard freestyle to lead the Spartan women to a third-place finish at the Midwest Invitational this past weekend. Mestha finished first in the 50-yard freestyle with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 23.56. She also was a member of the 200-yard medley relay that finished first in the event with a NCAA ‘B’ cut and new school-record time of 1:45.07. That time bests the previous school-record of 1:46.06 set at the 2017 Wooster Invitational. 

Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) went undefeated in singles play and recorded a 2-1 doubles record over three matches in Newport News, Virginia last weekend, helping the 15th-ranked Spartans to a 2-1 record. For the season, Chen has gone 11-5 in singles play (including a 5-1 record in the spring) and 10-10 in doubles action.  Case Western Reserve has opened its 2018 spring campaign with a 4-4 record.

Nithya Kanagasegar (women’s tennis) led the 18th-ranked Spartan women to two wins in as many matches this past weekend. She recorded a 2-0 singles record, while also going 2-0 in her doubles matches. For the season, Kanagasegar has an 8-8 overall record in singles play, while also recording a 12-6 overall record in doubles play.

2017-18 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 5th: Justin Phan (football) & Elle Zadina (women's soccer)

September 11th: Zachary Senft (men's soccer) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 18th: Jacob Burke (football) & Danielle Kulpins (women's cross country)

September 25th: Calvin Boyle (men's soccer) & Nithya Kanagasegar (women's tennis)

October 2nd: Rob Cuda (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)

October 9th: Andrew Banathy (football) & Kimberly Chen (women's soccer)

October 16th: Rob Cuda (football) & Karley King (volleyball)

October 23rd: Justin McMahon (football) & Elle Zadina (women’s soccer)

October 30th: Michael Balog (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

November 6th: Paul Darmstadter (men’s soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)

November 13th: Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s cross country)

November 20th: Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

November 27th: Justin Phan (football) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

December 4th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

December 11th: Andrew Ibibo (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

January 2nd: T.J. Duckett (men’s basketball) & Alexis Amburgey (women’s basketball)

January 8th: Andrew Munn (wrestling) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

January 16th: Connor Nally (men’s basketball) & Emily Todd (women’s basketball)

January 22nd: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Olivia Newman (women’s track and field)

January 29th: Ignas Masiulionis (men’s basketball) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field)

February 5th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Brooke Hortness (women’s swimming and diving)

February 12th: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

February 19th: Drew Hamilton (men’s swimming and diving) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

February 26th: Alec Hoover (wrestling) & Nimi Gupta (women’s track and field)