CWRU Athlete of the Decade Championship Match: Annie Wennerberg vs. Suhan Mestha

Annie Wennerberg & Suhan Mestha

After eight weeks of voting, we have arrived at the championship match of the Case Western Reserve University University Athlete of the Decade Tournament, with former softball player Annie Wennerberg facing former swimmer Suhan Mestha for the title.

It took 34 matches, with nearly 13,000 total votes cast, to arrive at the two finalists. To review the full tournament, make sure to review the updated bracket.

Voting for the championship match will begin on Monday at noon, and continue throughout the week, ending at 11:59 a.m. on Friday afternoon. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 26 on athletics.case.edu.

As voting starts today, we'll be reviewing each finalists' profile. You can read more about both Annie and Suhan, hear from their coaches, and hear from each athlete directly. Then, you can cast your vote for one of the candidates at the bottom of this page.


Annie Wennerberg - Softball (2014-17)

How she got here:

First Round - def. Evy Iocono (women's basketball)
Second Round - def. Colt Morgan (football)
Quarterfinals - def. CJ Krimbill (men's tennis)
Semifinals - def. Dane McLoughlin (men's baskeyball)

Her CWRU athletic resumeWennerberg was the Spartans' top performer both on the mound and at the plate during her time at CWRU. She was named to the NFCA All-America First Team in 2015, when she led all Division III players with 20 home runs, while going 15-7 on the mound. She also earned UAA Player of the Year honors following the campaign. Her 33 career home runs and 53 wins are each the most ever by a Spartan, while she also ranks fourth in program history with 113 RBIs, fifth with 116 runs scored, third with 35 stolen bases, eight shutouts and 389 strikeouts. Read more about Annie in her online bio.

What her coach Josie Henry said:

 

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What would winning the Athlete of the Decade represent to her:


Suhan Mestha - Swimming & Diving (2015-19)

How she got here:

First Round - def. Vinny Bell (men's soccer)
Second Round - def. Isaac Dukes (wrestling)
Quarterfinals - def. Nithya Kanagasegar (women's tennis)
Semifinals - def.  Erin Hollinger (women's basketball and track & field)

Her CWRU athletic resumeMestha 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 her coach Doug Milliken said:

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What would winning the Athlete of the Decade represent to her:


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