Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 17: Andrew Hoover and Maria Pritchett

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 17: Andrew Hoover and Maria Pritchett

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Case Western Reserve University senior Andrew Hoover, a 149-pounder on the wrestling team, and first-year Maria Pritchett, a member on the women’s swimming and diving team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Andrew Hoover led the Spartans was named the All-University Athletic Association wrestler in the 149-pound weight class, as the Spartans finished third at the 2020 UAA Championships. Andrew Hoover went 2-0 throughout the championships, as he pinned Chicago’s Grant Morrison in 6:25 and then earned a 7-3 decision over New York’s Donald Albach. Andrew Hoover earned his third All-UAA honor of his career, as he claimed the 141-pound weight class in 2018 and the 149-pound weight class last season. He becomes the ninth Spartan in the 149-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor. Hoover improves to 24-12 overall on the season, including 11 pins and one technical fall.

Pritchett notched three NCAA ‘B’ cut times and broke two school records to lead the Spartan women at the 2020 University Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships. On Thursday, Pritchett placed sixth in the 200-yard individual medley with a ‘B’ cut time of 2:06.17. During the preliminaries of the event, she set a new school record with a time of 2:05.87. That time bests her previous school record of 2:07.21 set at the 2019 Wooster Invitational. Her time of 2:05.87 in the 200 IM currently ranks 28th in Division III. Pritchett was also a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished sixth with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:35.59. That time currently ranks 19th in Division III. On Friday, Pritchett placed seventh in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:30.94. During the preliminaries of the event, she finished fifth with a ‘B’ cut and new school record time of 4:28.40. That time bests the previous school record of 4:30.59 set by former Spartans Mary Katherine Miller in 2015. Her time of 4:28.40 in the 400 IM ranks 24th in Division III.

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: Robert Faller (men’s basketball) paced the Spartans with 12.5 points per game over two games last weekend. Faller finished the weekend shooting 44.0% (11-of-25), including two-for-nine (22.2%) from behind the three-point line. He added 2.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game, while collecting a block and three steals. During Friday night’s 77-71 loss to #16 Washington, Faller set career highs with eight assists and three steals, while scoring seven points and collecting four rebounds. He followed that with an 18-point outburst (two shy of his career high) during an 80-61 loss to Chicago on Sunday, shooting eight-of-15, and adding four rebounds, an assists and two steals. Faller is third on the team this season with 9.7 points per game, while adding 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The Spartans stand at 11-11 overall, including a 4-7 University Athletic Association record.

Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball) was the Spartans’ leading scorer in both of their games last weekend. Lawrence averaged 13.5 points per game on 34.6% shooting overall, while adding 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. She notched her 10th 20-point effort of the season on Friday night against Washington, scoring 20 points on a seven-of-15 shooting effort with seven rebounds and three assists in an 88-71 loss. On Sunday, in an 83-41 loss to 24th-ranked Chicago, she tallied seven points and secured a pair of rebounds. Lawrence leads all Spartans this season with 16.9 points per game on 43.5% shooting, while adding 4.3 rebounds per contest. The Spartans are 10-12 overall and 5-6 in University Athletic Association games.

Calvin Tecson (men’s swimming and diving) broke three school records to lead the Spartan men at the 2020 University Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships. On Thursday, Tecson finished sixth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.79. During the preliminaries of the event, he set a new school record with a time of 20.76, which breaks his previous school record of 20.77 set at the 2019 Wooster Invite. On Friday, Tecson was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished sixth with a new school record time of 1:31.77. That time bests the previous mark of 1:32.35 set at the 2019 Wooster Invitational. Tecson wrapped up the championships on Saturday by placing ninth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.06. In addition, he was a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed sixth with a time of 3:04.93. Tecson led off the relay with a time of 46.04 in the 100 Free, which breaks the previous school record of 46.05 set by former Spartan Aaron Tam in 2016.

Trey Razanauskas (men’s track and field) led the Spartan men to a second-place finish at the 2020 All-Ohio Indoor Championships on Saturday. Razanauskas claimed the title in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:55.27. That time currently ranks sixth among University Athletic Association runners and 31st in Division III.

Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) helped the Spartan finished second out of 17 teams at the 2020 All-Ohio Indoor Championships this past Saturday. Oddo registered a third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 6.89 meters, which currently ranks second in the UAA and 45th in Division III. In addition, he was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that placed fourth with a time of 3:27.29.

Julie Hines (women’s track and field) earned a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the 2020 All-Ohio Indoor Championships on Saturday. Hines placed fifth with a time of 1:00.48, which currently ranks 12th in the UAA. In addition, she was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished fourth with a time of 4:11.58.

Samantha Kelts (women’s track and field) placed fourth in the triple jump to lead the Spartan women at the 2020 All-Ohio Indoor championships. Kelts finished fourth with a mark of 10.71 meters, which ranks 11th among University Athletic Association competitors.

Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) remained undefeated in the spring, picking up wins in both of his singles and doubles matches for the 12th-ranked Spartans on Friday. Chen opened the day with an 8-3 win at no. 1 doubles with senior Zach Hennessey over Austin Hanna and Alon Liberman, and then topped Hannah 6-2, 6-3 at no. 2 singles, helping the Spartans defeat the College of Wooster 9-0. Later in the day, he paired with Hopper to secure an 8-3 win over Camron Cohen and Sean Billerbeck at no. 1 doubles, and went on to defeat Stephen Gruppuso 6-2, 6-2 at no. 1 singles. Chen, ranked first in Division III with Hopper for doubles and 22nd in singles play, improved to 11-4 in singles matches this year (including 4-0 in the spring) and to 21-1 in doubles contests (including a 5-0 record in the spring). The Spartans have opened their 2020 spring season with five-straight wins and stand at 5-0 on the year.

Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis) led the 29th-ranked Spartans to a 2-1 record this past weekend. Paolucci went a perfect 2-0 in singles play, while also posting a 1-2 record in doubles action. During Friday’s win against 28th-ranked Hope College, Paolucci bested Claire Hallock 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. She then defeated Chicago’s Lauren Park 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday. Paolucci wrapped up the weekend on Sunday by teaming with first-year Savannah Bright to defeat Kalamazoo’s Laura Hanselman and Helen Pelak. Paolucci moved to 6-6 overall in singles play on the season, and has totaled a 7-6 record in doubles action.

2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)

September 9th: Colt Morgan (football) & Haley Sims (volleyball)

September 16th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

September 23rd: Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) & Trisha Sundaram (women’s tennis)

September 30th: Cameron Brown (football) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 7th: James Hopper (men’s tennis) & Matthew Chen (Men’s Tennis)

October 14th: Joshua Smith (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)

October 21st: Matthew Chen and James Hopper (men’s tennis) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)

October 28th: Joshua Smith (football) & Laura Gorjanc (women’s soccer)

November 4th: Trey Razanauskas (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)

November 11th: Travis Johnston (football) & Haley Sims (volleyball)

November 18th: Trey Razanauskas (men’s cross country) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

November 25th: Colt Morgan (football) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)

December 9th: Calvin Tecson (men’s swimming and diving) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)

January 6th: Brian Kent (wrestling) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

January 13th: Cole Frilling (men’s basketball) & Kendall McConico (women’s basketball)

January 21st: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

January 27th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Taylor Jackson (women’s track and field)

February 3rd: Logan Singer (men’s track and field) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

February 10th: Antonio Ionadi (men’s basketball) & Mia Vargo (women’s track and field)

February 17th: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Maria Pritchett (women’s swimming and diving)