Three Spartans Named UAA Athlete of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – A trio of Case Western Reserve University student-athletes were selected as University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday, January 24. Junior wrestler Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna), freshman diver Dan Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon) and junior sprinter Matt Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) of men's track & field were each recognized for their accomplishments over the weekend. 

In a dual match loss at nationally-ranked Mount Union, Dukes won a 5-2 decision at 149 pounds. Now 22-1 in 2011, the defending national champion hasn't lost a match to a Division III opponent since January 30, 2010. Dukes' only loss this season came against the 18th-ranked 149-pounder in Division I at the 2010 Midlands Championships. He also remains ranked first nationally in Division III in the 149-pound weight class. This is his sixth Wrestler of the Week Award for the season and 16th career.

The Spartans grapplers will travel next to compete at the Pete Wilson Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College (IL) on Friday and Saturday, January 28-29.

Jacobson earns his third Athlete of the Week Award for men's swimming and diving after posting a pair of NCAA B-Cut qualifying marks with first-place finishes on the one and three-meter boards, with respective scores of 317.60 and 315.60 points. His scoring helped the Spartans to a 146-86 win versus Allegheny College (PA) and kept the team undefeated this season in dual matches at 6-0.

Both men's and women's swimming and diving will be back in action at home on Saturday, January 29 against Ohio Northern University. The dual meet has been designated as Seniors' Day with the first event kicking off at 1:00 p.m.

Jurcak won both the 55-meter hurdles and 55m dash at the Spartan Relays in his first competition of 2011. His hurdles time of 7.71 was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and stands as the top time in the UAA, as well as fourth nationally.

The Spartan track and field squad will be back in action on Saturday, January 29 in a dual meet with Carnegie Mellon University (PA). The first event is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.