Over the course of the next two months, athletics.case.edu 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 continue today with another play-in match and a first round match-up. The play-in game will feature former men's diver Connor Farrell and former men's track and field athlete Nate Wahner, while the first-round match will see former women's swimming & diving team member Maggie Dillione against former men's basketball player Dane McLoughlin.
Voting for both matches will be open starting at noon on Tuesday, and continue through 11:59 a.m. on Wednesday. The advancing athletes from the first week of matches will be announced on Friday.
First Round Match #2 - Maggie Dillione vs. Dane McLoughlin - Vote Here
Tale of the Tape
Maggie Dillione ('14) was a four-time All-American for the CWRU women's swimming and diving team. The butterfly specialist placed third in the 200 fly and seventh in the 100 fly to secure All-America certificates at the 2014 NCAA Championships, and 12th in the 200 fly and 14th in the 100 fly at the 2013 NCAA Championships. She is a nine-time All-UAA finisher, including back-to-back championships in the 200-yard butterfly her junior and senior years. She ended her career as the school record holder in two individual and two relay events, with both individual records still standing to this day. Read more about Maggie in her online bio.
Dane McLoughlin ('15) was a three-time All-UAA selection, including his senior campaign, when he was also named an honorable mention to the Division III Men's Basketball News All-America Team and to the NABC Great Lakes All-District Team. He is the program's all-time leader in made three-pointers (231) and three-point percentage (.453), and ranks seventh in school history in career points (1,329), 11th in rebounds (524), and 15th in blocks (46). He also set a program record with 77 made three-pointers his senior campaign. Read more about Dane in his online bio.
Play-In Match #2 - Connor Farrell vs. Nate Wahner - Vote Here
Tale of the Tape
Connor Farrell ('16) ended his career as the most accomplished diver in the history of the CWRU swimming and diving program. He was named the UAA Diver of the Year in 2016 (the only player in program history to secure the honor) after winning the three-meter dive and placing second in the one-meter dive at the conference championships. Farrell went on to earn an NCAA All-America honorable mention in the three-meter dive at the National Championships later that season. His school-record scores of 493.50 in the one-meter dive and 539.35 in the three-meter dive still stand to this day. Read more about Connor in his online bio.
Nate Wahner ('17) ranks as one of the top sprinters in the program's record books, and is the current holder of nine school-record times. He was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2017 UAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, claiming conference titles in the 200m Dash and 400m Dash, and as the anchor leg of both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Wahner totaled seven UAA Championships and nine All-UAA honors over his career as a Spartan, and was an NCAA qualifier during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns as a senior. Read more about Nate in his online bio.
The tournament will continue on Wednesday with a play-in match between former football player Rob Cuda and former men's tennis player Eric Klawitter, and a first-round match between former men's track and field team member Matt Jurcak and former softball player Lauren Wolz. Voting will begin at noon tomorrow.