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Case Western Reserve University senior Ananth Suresh, a jumper on the men’s track and field 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.
Suresh set a new school record in the men’s triple jump as the Spartans competed at the Kent State Tune Up in Kent, Ohio on Saturday. Suresh placed 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 13.43 meters, which breaks the previous school record of 13.41 meters set by Alan Fetters during the 1998 indoor season. His mark of 13.43 meters also currently ranks fourth among all University Athletic Association competitors.
Mestha claimed two All-UAA honors, broke one school record and qualified for five NCAA Division III ‘B’ cut times to help the Spartan women finish sixth at the 2019 UAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Chicago, Illinois. On Thursday, Mestha placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 23.65. She also was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished fifth with a new school-record and NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:35.37. On Friday, Mestha placed third in the 100-yard backstroke with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 56.81. She was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that placed fifth in the event with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:45.02. On the final day of the UAA Championships, Mestha earned her second All-UAA honor of the meet with a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 51.19.
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: Michael Volkening (men’s basketball) turned in a career day against 22nd-ranked Rochester on Sunday afternoon. In the 68-62 loss, Volkening led all scorers in the game with a career-high 22 points on an eight-of-13 shooting effort, and made three-of-six shots from behind the three-point line. He also dished out one assist during his 28 minutes of action. On Friday night, in an 83-71 loss to Emory, Volkening scored four poinrs and collected two rebounds, while adding a block and a steal over 16 minutes on the court. Overall for the weekend, Volkening averaged a team-best 13.0 points per game, while adding 4.0 rebounds and shooting 53.6% overall and 42.9% from three-point range. For the year, he is averaging 8.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, and is second on the team with 46 assists. The Spartans stand at 9-15 overall and 2-11 in University Athletic Association play with one game remaining in their season.
Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball) led the Spartans to a 1-1 record last weekend. Hellmann averaged 19.5 points and collected 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting a blistering 50.0%, both overall (17-of-34) and from three-point range (three-of-six). She also tallied four assists, a block and three steals during 64 total minutes of action over the weekend. During a 63-58 win over Emory on Friday night, Hellmann registered her ninth double-double of the season, leading all scorers with 21 points and collecting 10 rebounds. She shot eight-of-16 overall and three-of-five from behind the arc, while dishing out a pair of assists, blocking a shot, and collecting two steals. She finished a 73-63 loss to Rochester on Sunday with 18 points and six rebounds, shooting nine-of-18 overall, and adding two assists and a steal. For the season, Hellmann leads all UAA players with 17.6 points per game and is third in the conference with 8.2 rebounds per contest. With one game remaining on their schedule, the Spartans stand at 14-10 overall and 6-7 in the University Athletic Association.
Will McDonald (men’s swimming and diving) set a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke and claimed two top-20 finishes to help the Spartan men finish sixth at the 2019 UAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Chicago, Illinois. On Friday, McDonald finished 17th in the 100-yard backstroke with a new school record time of 51.22. On Saturday, he also added an 11th-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:50.42.
Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) earned two top-10 finishes at the Kent State Tune Up on Saturday. Laios finished sixth in the weight throw with a mark of 17.38 meters and also added a ninth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 12.93 meters. Both of her marks in the weight throw and shot put ranked as the best among UAA competitors this past week.
Shahed Eid (women’s track and field) placed sixth in the 1,000-meter run as the Spartan women competed at the Kent State Tune Up on Saturday. Eid finished sixth in the event with a time of 3:06.00.
Michael Hradesky (men’s track and field) finished third in the 1,000-meter run as the Spartans competed at the Kent State Tune Up on Saturday. Hradesky crossed the finish line in a time of 2:33.89.
Mira Amin (women’s tennis) went a perfect 2-0 in both singles and doubles matches to open the season on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday against 39th-ranked Hope College, Amin earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Taylor Labarge at fourth singles, and teamed with freshman Shreyaa Mukund for an 8-2 win over Bailey Chorney and Erin Labarge at third doubles. On Sunday against Kalamazoo College, Amin topped Caroline Norton, 6-0, 6-0, at fourth singles, and then teamed with Mukund to claim an 8-1 win over Helen Pelak and Maddy Winarski at third doubles. Amin improved to 5-4 overall on the season and to 4-3 in doubles action in 2018-19. Case Western Reserve, ranked 16th among Division III teams, has opened the 2018-19 season with a 1-1 record.
Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) helped spur the 18th-ranked Spartans to an 8-1 win over #39 Coe College with wins at second doubles and first singles on Friday evening in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chen claimed an 8-2 win at second doubles with junior Zach Hennessey over Coe’s Nate Ackert and Rami Hemaidan, and then followed that with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Josh Pudlo at first singles. He improved to 3-0 in both singles and doubles play in the spring, while raising his overall singles record to 6-3, and his doubles mark for the year to 12-3. Chen and the Spartans have opened the 2019 spring campaign with a 4-0 record.
2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)