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 second and final semifinal matchup will feature former women's basketball player and track & field All-American Erin Hollinger against former All-American women's swimmer Suhan Mestha. Voting for the match will begin at noon on Wednesday and continue through 11:59 a.m. on Friday.
In addition, we asked each of our semifinalists to reflect on what winning the Athlete of the Decade Tournament would represent to them. You can listen to the responses for each of today's semifinalists below.
Semifinal Match #2 - Erin Hollinger vs. Suhan Mestha
Erin Hollinger ('12) bested former men's soccer player Niro Wimalasena in the first round of the tournament and another former men's soccer player in Chris Cvecko in the second round, before advancing to the semifinals with a win against former baseball player Chad Mullins. Hollinger is one of the best all-around athletes to don a CWRU uniform, finishing her career as a four-time All-American in the high jump for the track and field team, and a two-time D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region selection for the women's basketball team. She ended her basketball career as a four-time All-UAA honoree, while scoring 1,421 career points and collecting 542 rebounds. She was a six-time qualifier for the NCAA Championships in track & field, placing as high as third in the high jump as a senior. Read more about Erin in her online women's track & field and women's basketball bios.
Suhan Mestha ('19) topped former men's soccer player Vinny Bell in the opening round of voting, bested former wrestler Isaac Dukes in the second round, and then earned her place in the semifinals with a victory over former tennis player Nithya Kanagasegar. 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.
What winning the Athlete of the Decade Tournament would represent to Erin:
What winning the Athlete of the Decade Tournament would represent to Suhan:
Cast your vote
Results from the voting from our two semifinal matches will be announced on athletics.case.edu on Friday afternoon.