CWRU Athlete of the Decade Tournament Quarterfinals - Suhan Mestha vs. Nithya Kanagasegar

Suhan Mestha and Nithya Kanagasegar

In September and October, athletics.case.edu will be holding a tournament to decide the fans' choice for the Case Western Reserve University Athlete of the Decade. The full bracket can be viewed here.

Our final quarterfinal match features former multiple-time All-American swimmer Suhan Mestha against former women's tennis player Nithya Kanagasegar, the first All-American in the program's history. Voting for the match will begin at noon on Thursday and continue through 11:59 a.m. on Friday.

We also spoke with each of our quarterfinalists, asking them to reflect on their experiences as student-athletes at CWRU. Hear their responses below.

Quarterfinal Match #4 - Suhan Mestha vs. Nithya Kanagasegar

Suhan Mestha ('19) topped former men's soccer player Vinny Bell in the opening round of voting, and then topped former wrestler Isaac Dukes in the second round. Mestha is a three-time All-American for the CWRU swimming and diving team, earning honorable mention certificates with a 14th-place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard medley relay as a junior, and with a 14th-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle as a senior. She set and still holds school records in the 50 free (23.42) and 100 back (56.09), and was part of the program's record-setting 200-yard medley (1:44.02), 200-yard free (1:34.95) and 400-yard free (3:28.84) relay teams. She also claimed five All-UAA honors at the conference championships over her career. Read more about Suhan in her online bio.

Nithya Kanagasegar ('18) bested former women's cross country runner Justine Jeroski in the opening round of the tournament, and went on to beat former women's soccer player Kendra Simmons in round two. Kanagasegar became the first All-American in the history of the CWRU women's tennis program when she advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. She was also the first player in program history to be named the UAA Most Valuable Player, earning the honor in 2016. Nithya was named to the All-UAA team three times for her play at singles and twice for her doubles efforts. She ended her career as the program's all-time leader in doubles wins with a 76-32 career record, and was third in school history with a 56-48 singles mark. Read more about Nithya in her online bio.

What Suhan said about her experience as a swimmer at CWRU...

What Nithya said about her experience as a CWRU women's tennis player...

 

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The results of each of the four quarterfinal matches, along with semifinal matches, with be announced on athletics.case.edu on Friday afternoon.