Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Nov. 5: Drew Saxton and Suhan Mestha

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Nov. 5: Drew Saxton and Suhan Mestha

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Case Western Reserve University freshman Drew Saxton, a quarterback on the football team, and senior Suhan Mestha, a swimmer on the women’s swimming and diving team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Saxton threw five touchdown passes on Saturday to lead the 20th-ranked Spartans to a 41-17 win over Waynesburg University.  Saxton completed 27-of-37 passes (73.0%) for 327 yards with just one interception, and threw touchdown passes to five different receivers in the game.  In the third quarter alone, he hit nine of his 10 pass attempts for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Luke DiFrancesco.  He now has 33 touchdowns on the season, tying him with former Spartan Eli Grant (2002) for the second most in program history, and is now one shy of Dan Whalen’s single-season record of 34 (set in 2009).  In addition, his 2,702 passing yards this year mark the fourth-most in a single season in program history.  Saxton and the Spartans improved to 8-1 on the season with a 7-1 Presidents’ Athletic Conference record.

Mestha won two individual events on Saturday to help the Spartan women defeat Oberlin College 238-47. Mestha claimed victories in the 50-yard freestyle (24.44) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.60). Her time in the 50 Free currently ranks tied for fifth in the UAA, while her time in the 100 Free ranks eighth. In addition, Mestha was a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that won the event with a time of 3:59.49 and the 400-yard freestyle relay that claimed a victory with a mark of 3:39.15. The Case Western Reserve University women’s swimming and diving team currently ranks 23rd in Division III and sixth in the Central Region.

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: Patrick Crossey (football) notched eight tackles (three solo) and forced a fumble during the 20th-ranked Spartans’ 41-17 win over Waynesburg University on Saturday afternoon.  Crossey, a team co-captain, helped the Spartans hold the Yellow Jackets to 281 yards of total offense, including just 76 rushing yards.  His forced fumble came at the end of the first half, giving CWRU a shot to add onto a 17-10 lead heading into halftime.  For the season, Crossey has 66 tackles (26 solo) with two interceptions and four pass breakups.

Robertson Albrecht (football) accounted for 11 points and made all seven of his kicks during the 20th-ranked Spartans’ 41-17 win over Waynesburg University on Saturday afternoon.  Albrecht went two-for-two on field goal tries, and successfully made all of his five extra point attempts.  He evened the score at 3-3 with a 32-yard field goal (at the time his career-long) with 5:56 to play in the first quarter, and then connected on a 37-yard field goal with 8:30 remaining in the game to extend the team’s lead to 41-10 at the time.  For the year, Albrecht is a perfect six-for-six on field goal tries, and has made 46-of-47 extra points.

Connor Weber (men’s soccer) scored the lone goal for the Spartans on Saturday against 23rd-ranked Carnegie Mellon University. Weber launched a free kick from the top of the box that got past the Tartans goalkeeper. The goal was Weber’s third of the campaign.

Katie Kaminski (volleyball) gathered 21 kills and tallied 11 total blocks to help the Spartans pick up a win at the 2018 UAA Volleyball Championships. In the Spartan’s 3-0 win over the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Saturday, Kaminski led the Spartan attack with 12 kills. Kaminski currently ranks fourth among all University Athletic Association players with a .353 hitting percentage.

Anna Jaskoviak (volleyball) led the Spartan defense this past weekend as she totaled 52 digs (5.20 per set) to help the Spartans earn a win at the 2018 UAA Volleyball Championships. In CWRU’s 3-0 win over Rochester (N.Y.), she led the back row with a team-high 18 digs. Jaskoviak currently ranks second among all University Athletic Association players with 538 digs, while her 4.85 digs per set ranks third in the UAA.

Christina Hickson (women’s soccer) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough for the Spartans, who suffered a 2-1 setback at Carnegie Mellon University. Senior Melanie Kukura created the scoring opportunity for the Spartans by sending a long pass up the field that Hickson was able to run onto just outside the 18-yard box.  Hickson would dribble into the box towards the end line, before launching a low shot between the defender and the oncoming keeper, tucking it inside the far post for the score. Hickson's eight goals this season are tied for the 10th-most by a CWRU player in a single season, and she finished the year leading all Spartan players with 17 points.

Adi Alkalay (women’s swimming and diving) swept the diving events on Saturday to help the Spartan women claim a 238-47 victory over Oberlin College. Alkalay earned a win in the one-meter dive with a score of 182.62 and then claimed a victory in the three-meter dive with a score of 172.87.

Mark Fox (men’s swimming and diving) swept the diving events on Saturday to help the Spartan men claim a 222-63 victory over Oberlin College. Fox earned a win in the one-meter dive with a score of 226.05 and then claimed a victory in the three-meter dice with a score of 191.85. Fox’s score of 226.05 currently ranks 12th in the UAA.

Brody Schmidt (men’s swimming and diving) won the 1,000-yard freestyle on Saturday to help the Spartan men defeat Oberlin College 222-63. Schmidt won the event with a time of 9:57.34, which currently ranks as the 10th-best mark in the University Athletic Association.

2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 10th: Garrett Winter (men's soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)

September 17th: Drew Saxton (football) & Christina Hickson (women's soccer)

September 24th: Ian Henderson (football) & Jessica Liu and Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis)

October 1st: Charlie Fink (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 8th: Colt Morgan (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 15th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 22nd: Cameron Brown (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 29th: Alex Besl (men’s soccer) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)

November 5th: Drew Saxton (football) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)