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Case Western Reserve University senior Gavin Dersh-Fisher, a 197-pounder on the wrestling team, and graduate student Kara Hageman, a forward on the women’s basketball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.
Dersh-Fisher led the Spartans to three dual match victories this past Saturday on ‘Senior Day’, as he posted a 3-0 individual record. In the first match against Defiance College, Dersh-Fisher earned an 8-2 decision victory over Mason Morris. Against Penn St.-Behrend, he claimed a decision victory (5-4) over Jake Paulson and then earned a win by forfeit over Kent State University at Tuscarawas in the final match of the day. For the season, Dersh-Fisher is 8-3 in the 197-pound weight class and has totaled one pin.
Hageman notched a double-double in each of the Spartans’ two games last weekend. Hageman averaged 19.0 points and 11.5 rebounds over the two games, shooting 40.0% (14-of-35) from the floor, 27.3% (three-of-11) from three-point range and 77.8% (seven-of-nine) from the free throw line. She added four assists, six blocks and a steal during the weekend. On Friday night, in a 60-54 loss to Chicago, she scored 16 points and collected 10 rebounds, while shooting seven-of-17 from the floor and one-of-three from behind the arc with three assists three blocks and a steal. During an 81-62 loss to Washington on Sunday, she scored a season-high 22 points on a seven-of-18 shooting effort, connecting on two-of-eight three-point tries and all six free throw attempts, while securing 13 rebounds, an assist and three more blocks. For the season, she is averaging 15.7 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game, while also leading all Spartan players with 28 blocks. CWRU stands at 12-8 on the season, including a 4-5 mark in University Athletic Association games.
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: Brady Flynn (men’s basketball) turned in a career day during the Spartans’ game against Washington University (Mo.) on Sunday. Flynn registered career-bests with 16 points and eight rebounds in the 64-61 CWRU loss, shooting a perfect five-for-five from the floor and six-of-seven from the free throw line. On Friday, in a loss to Chicago, he scored two points and collected one rebound. The Spartans stand at 9-11 overall on the season, including a 2-7 mark in the UAA.
Brody Schmidt (men’s swimming and diving) led the Spartan men to two dual meet victories this past weekend. In Friday’s win against Notre Dame College, Schmidt claimed the win in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 56.47, which currently ranks as the sixth-best time in the University Athletic Association this season. On Saturday against Baldwin Wallace University, he earned a win in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:57.71.
Cassiel Yuzik (me’s swimming and diving) helped the Spartan men earn two victories this past weekend, as he swept the diving events against Notre Dame College on Friday. Yuzik claimed the win in the one-meter dive with score of 232.45 and then won the three-meter dive with a score of 218.45.
Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving) led the Spartan women to two dual meet victories this past weekend. In Friday’s win against Notre Dame College, Mestha earned the win in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:01.28, which currently ranks first in the University Athletic Association. She also added a victory in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.15. On Saturday against Baldwin Wallace, Mestha finished first in the 50-yard backstroke (28.36) and claimed the title in the 100-yard freestyle (54.96).
Hailey Seibert (women’s swimming and diving) came away with sweeps in the diving events on both Friday and Saturday to help the Spartan women to two victories. Seibert won the one-meter dive on Friday with a score of 185.05 and then claimed the victory in the three-meter dive with a score of 208.90. On Saturday, Seibert earned the win in the one-meter dive with a score of 152.40 and then took first in the three-meter dive with a score of 180.65.
Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) swept the throwing events at the Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday to help the Spartan women place fourth out of 14 teams at the meet. She won the weight throw with a mark of 16.73 meters and then took first in the shot put with a toss of 13.79 meters. Both her throws in the weight throw and shot put rank first among UAA competitors this week.
Bari Love (women’s track and field) earned a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash to help the Spartan women place fourth at the Bob Shannon Invitational this past weekend. Love finished second in the event with a time of 27.26 seconds.
Jonathan Haling (men’s track and field) led the Spartan men to a third-place finish at the Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday. Haling claimed the title in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.23 and also added a second-place finish in the 200-meter5 dash with a time of 23.60.
Luke Traverso (men’s track and field) earned a second-place finish in the pole vault to help the Spartan men place third at the Bob Shannon Invitational this past weekend. Traverso finished second in the event with a mark of 3.81 meters.
2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)