CWRU Athlete of the Decade: Day 1 Matches

Harry Weintraub, Anika Washburn, Kara Hageman and Andrew Gronski

Over the course of the next two months, will be holding a tournament to decide the Case Western Reserve University Athlete of the Decade. The full bracket can be viewed here.

The tournament will be kicking-off today with a play-in match and a first round match-up. The play-in game will feature former women's basketball player Kara Hageman vs. former baseball player Andrew Gronski, while the first-round match will see former men's track & field team member Harry Weintraub against current women's soccer player Anika Washburn.

Voting for both matches will be open starting at noon on Monday, and continue through 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday. The advancing athletes from the first week of matches will be announced on Friday.

Play-in Match #1: Kara Hageman vs. Andrew Gronski - VOTE HERE

Tale of the Tape

Kara Hageman ('19) will go down as one of the best all-around basketball players in the history of the women's program at CWRU. She is a two-time All-UAA First Team honoree, and ended her career with 1,425 total points. She also secured All-Region honors following her junior season, during which, she set a school record with 502 points during the campaign, and scored a program-best 41 points in a game against Washington University (Mo.). Read more about Kara in her online bio.

Andrew Gronski ('15) ranks as one of the top hitter ever to don a Spartan baseball uniform. He was named to the All-America First Team and was the Mideast Region Player of the Year in 2014, along with securing UAA Co-Player of the Year honors. The left-handed hitting third baseman was a three-time All-UAA selection, and finished his career batting .368 with 12 home runs and 111 RBIs over 168 games player. Read more about Andrew in his online bio.

First-Round Match #1: Harry Weintraub vs. Anika Washburn - VOTE HERE

Tale of the Tape

Harry Weintraub ('14) is a multiple-time All-American for the CWRU men's track and field team. He placed third in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships during his junior year, and followed that with a sixth-place finish in the event during his senior campaign. His school records in the hammer throw and weight throw still stands to this day, as does his conference record each event. He is a four-time UAA Champion, and was named the Most Outstanding Perfomer at the 2014 UAA Indoor Championships. Read more about Harry in his online bio.

Anika Washburn ('22) became the first CWRU women's soccer player to earn All-America honors in the organization's 10-year history of naming a team, when she was chosen as a Second Team selection in 2019. She set program records during the campaign with 33 points and 14 goals, leading the UAA in both categories during the year, en route to becoming the first UAA Offensive Player of the Year in program history. Read more about Anika in her online bio.

Thirty-six former and current student-athletes across the department's 19 varsity programs who competed between the 2010-11 and 2019-20 academic years were selected to vie for the honor of 'CWRU Athlete of the Decade.' Among the honorees are five individual National Champions, a National Player of the Year, 29 All-Americans, and multiple program record holders.

Up Next

The tournament will continue on Tuesday with a play-in match between former diver Connor Farrell and former men's track and field team member Nate Wahner, and a first-round match between former women's swimmer Maggie Dillione and former men's basketball player Dane McLoughlin. Voting will begin at noon tomorrow.