St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 2, 2015 – Five student-athletes from Washington University in St. Louis were named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced by the Association.
Senior Nick Alaniva of the men’s indoor track & field team, senior forward Nick Burt of the No. 7-ranked men’s basketball team, senior Lucy Cheadle of the women’s indoor track & field team, sophomore Rebecca Ho of the No. 8 women’s tennis team, and freshman guard Natalie Orr of the No. 9 women’s basketball team each received the honor.
Alaniva received UAA Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week accolades for the second time this season and third time in his career after posting a pair of runner-up finishes in the field events at the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invite Saturday. He cleared a season-best height of 4.60 meters to take second in the pole vault, while finishing second in the long jump with a mark of 6.53m. Alaniva’s pole vault mark is tied for first in the UAA and 19th in NCAA Division III this season. He also placed second in the 60 at the Engineer Invite with a time of 7.06 seconds.
Burt earned the first UAA Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week honor of his career after recording back-to-back career highs in two games for the Bears over the weekend. He averaged 22.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as Washington U. posted a 1-1 record at home. Burt had 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 79-59 win over Carnegie Mellon University Friday, and followed that with his fifth career double-double with a career-high 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in an 89-78 loss to Case Western Reserve University Sunday. He shot 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the field and hit 11-of-15 from the free-throw line.
Cheadle was selected as the UAA Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for the first time this season and third time in her career after her performance at the Engineer Invite. She won the 3,000 by nearly a minute, clocking a winning time of 9:49.62. Cheadle’s time was less than three seconds off her own school record in the event, and ranks fifth in NCAA Division III this season.
Ho picked up UAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this year and third time in her career after posting wins at No. 1 singles and doubles in the Bears’ season-opening sweep of NCAA Division II University of Southern Indiana Saturday. She won her singles match 6-2, 6-2 and teamed with junior Jamie Silverberg to win 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. With the two wins, Ho improved to 15-2 this season and 55-11 overall for her career.
Orr was named the UAA Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career after averaging 16 points and 4.5 assists off the bench in a pair of conference wins for Washington U. over the weekend. She scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range, and added a career-best five assists in a 73-49 win over Carnegie Mellon Friday. Orr followed that performance with 15 points, a career-high four rebounds and four assists in the Bears’ 71-60 win over Case Sunday. She shot 80 percent (12-of-15) from the field, including 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from three-point range, in the two wins.