Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Dec. 3: Isaac Collier and Suhan Mestha

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Dec. 3: Isaac Collier and Suhan Mestha

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Case Western Reserve University junior Isaac Collier, a 165-pounder on the wrestling 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 week.

Collier paced the Spartans at the 53rd-Annual RIT Invitational this past weekend, as he earned a fourth-place finish in the 165 pound weight class. Collier contributed 16.0 points to the team total and gathered five victories on the day. He opened the invitational with two victories, but then dropped his quarterfinals match. Collier came back strong after that loss to tally three straight victories, including a major decision victory over Trinity's John Reilly (10-2) and a technical fall victory over Scranton's Kevin Merle (17-2). For the season, Collier ranks tied for first on the team with 12 wins and has tallied two pins and two technical falls.

Mestha recorded three NCAA ‘B’ cut times and broke one school record, as she led the Spartan women to a first-place finish at the 2018 Wooster Invitational. During the first day of the meet, Mestha placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a ‘B’ cut time of 23.42 in the finals. That time bests the previous school record of 23.51 set back in 2007 by former Spartan Lauren Preyss. In addition, she was also a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that finished first in the event with a school-record time of 3:52.14, besting the previous school record of 3:52.83 set at last season’s conference championships. On Friday, Mestha won the 100-yard backstroke with a ‘B’ cut time of 56.17. She concluded the invite on Saturday with a ‘B’ cut time of 51.03 in the 100-yard freestyle. Mestha currently ranks third in the University Athletic Association in the 50 Free, second in the 100 Back and fifth in the 100 Free. In addition, she ranks eighth among all NCAA Division III swimmers in the 50 Free, third in the 100 Back and seventh in the 100 Free.

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: Ryan Newton (men’s basketball) averaged a team-high 13.5 points during a pair of games for the Spartans last week.  Newton came off the bench in both games to shoot 58.8% from the floor (10-of-17) and 50.0% from three-point range (two-of-four), while adding 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game.  On Wednesday, in an 83-79 win over Thiel, Newton finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block, on a three-for-four shooting effort, including 1-1 from behind the three-point arc.  He followed that with a team-leading and career-high 17-point game in an 81-74 loss to Thomas More, shooting seven-of-13 overall, including one-for-three from long range, and adding three rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 25 minutes off the bench.  For the season, Newton is averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while leading the team with eight blocks.  The Spartans have opened their 2018-19 campaign with a 4-2 record.

Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball) led the Spartans with 17 points and nine rebounds during a 71-57 loss to Ohio Northern University on Wednesday.  Hellmann finished the game shooting six-of-11 from the floor and four-of-eight from long range, while adding a pair of blocks during her 32 minutes of action.  Through five games this season, she leads all UAA players in points per game (19.6) and three-point percentage (47.1%) this season, while ranking fourth in the conference with 7.6 rebounds per game.  The Spartans have opened the campaign with a 4-1 overall record.

Hailey Seibert (women’s swimming and diving) helped the Spartan women earn a first-place finish at the 2018 Wooster Invitational this past weekend. She finished fifth in the one-meter dive with a score of 341.60 and fourth in the three-meter dive with a score of 384.75. She currently ranks 10th in the UAA in the one-meter dive and fifth in the three-meter dive.

Calvin Tecson (men’s swimming and diving) led the Spartan men to a first-place finish at the 2018 Wooster Invitational this past weekend. Tecson earned a fifth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday with a time of 21.56. In addition, he was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished third with a time of 1:25.09 and was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that also finished third with a time of 1:34.45. Tecson concluded the invite on Saturday with a first-place finish in the 100-yard individual medley (52.60). His time in the 100 IM currently ranks first in the University Athletic Association.

Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) led the Spartan men to a first-place finish at the Sixth-Annual CWRU Spartan Holiday Classic on Saturday. Oddo claimed the title in the long jump with a mark of 6.89 meters and also added a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.74. His mark in the long jump and his time in the 60-meter hurdles both rank first in the University Athletic Association.

Michael Hradesky (men’s track and field) earned a first-place finish in the 800-meter run to help the Spartan men place first out of five teams at the Sixth-Annual Spartan Holiday Classic. Hradesky crossed the finish line in a time of 1:59.23, which currently ranks first in the UAA. In addition, he was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that claimed a first-place finish with a time of 3:28.84.

Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) led the Spartan women to a first-place finish at the Sixth-Annual CWRU Spartan Holiday Class on Saturday. Laios finished first in the shot put with a mark of 13.92 meters. Her mark of 13.92 meters in the shot put currently ranks first in the University Athletic Association.

Jana Fisher (women’s track and field) earned a second-place finish in the one-mile run to help the Spartan women place first out of seven teams at the Sixth-Annual Spartan Holiday Class on Saturday. Fisher crossed the finish line in a time of 5:37.70, which currently ranks third-best in the UAA.

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)

November 12th: Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

November 19th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

November 26th: Ryan Newton (men’s basketball) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

December 3rd: Isaac Collier (wrestling) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)