North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week
Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Jordan Rawls, Allegheny
Jordan Rawls (Pittsburgh, Pa./Taylor Allderdice) was the difference in Allegheny’s 80-68 win over No. 14 Wabash that dealt the Little Giants their second NCAC loss of the year. Despite playing just 27 minutes, Rawls dropped 31 points, including 22 in the second half, while shooting 8-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 12-of-14 from the free throw line. On Saturday against DePauw, Rawls tallied 21 points, topping the 20-point plateu for the seventh time in the last nine games, while grabbing eight rebounds. For the week, he shot 64 percent from the field, 50 percent from three, 89.5 percent at the foul line and averaged 26 points, seven rebounds and one steal per game.
Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Maya Howard, DePauw
DePauw senior Maya Howard (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) tallied double-digit scoring in back-to-back conference victories last week. Howard recorded a 19-point, seven-assist effort in a 93-56 victory over Allegheny, before adding 17 points and seven rebounds in a 69-52 win against Hiram on Saturday. DePauw improved to 18-4 overall and 12-1 in the conference.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Weston Carpenter, Kenyon
Kenyon senior Weston Carpenter (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes High) posted a team-high two victories in a team win over Ohio Wesleyan on Feb. 1. Carpenter produced a time of 21.31 seconds to win the 50-yard freestyle and a 47.26-second time for the 100 free.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Naomi Clayton, Denison
Denison junior Naomi Clayton (Lexington, Ky./Sayre) notched season-best marks for the Big Red on Saturday. She posted a score of 282.2 in six three-meter dives and a score of 257.8 in six one-meter dives. The Denison Women’s Swimming & Diving team posted a 193-101 victory over Ohio Wesleyan.
Men's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Ben Foster, Denison
Ben Foster’s (Westport, Conn./Staples) second-place finish in the one mile run at the Bob Shannon Invitational was not only a new career record (4:25.76), but it launched him into Denison’s top 10 of personal records for indoor track & field.
Men's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Tommy Davis, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan senior Tommy Davis (Clyde, Ohio/Clyde) recorded a conference-best time this season with a 22.68-second performance in the 200-meter dash at the Bob Shannon Invitational. He also notched a 7.26-second showing in the 60-meter dash, good enough for sixth place.
Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Hank Sinn, Oberlin
Hank Sinn (Latty, Ohio/Wayne Trace) shattered his school record in the weight throw with a mark of 17.30 meters (56-09.25) at the Dan Kinsey Invitational Friday evening. The senior’s mark currently ranks 29th in Division III and is the second best performance in the NCAC. Sinn broke his throw of 16.44 meters (53-11.25) from the Crimson & Gold January Kick-Off earlier this season.The Latty, Ohio, native also placed second in the shot (13.91m, 45-07.75).
Women's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Sophy Cunningham, Oberlin
Sophy Cunningham (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) highlighted the running performances for the Yeowomen this past week. The first-year runner won the 800-meter race with at time of 2:22.85, which is the second fastest performance in the conference this year. Cunningham followed that performance with a strong second leg in the 4x400-meter relay which time ranks third on the conference performance list (4:23.91).
Women's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Jaliyah Atkinson, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan senior Jaliyah Atkinson (Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison) recorded a victory in the 200-meter dash (27.41) at the Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday. She also finished fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.37 seconds. The Ohio Wesleyan women won the team title, finishing first out of 14 teams.
Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alexis Johnson, Wittenberg
Wittenberg sophomore Alexis Johnson’s (Southfield, Mich./Roeper School) winning leap of 5.28 meters (17-04) in the long jump at the Cedarville Invitational is currently the top mark posted by a conference athlete in the event this season.
Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Austin Diehl, Kenyon
Kenyon’s Austin Diehl (O’Fallen, Mo./Home Schooled) clinched the match for the No. 14 Lords against strong NAIA team, Northwestern Ohio on February 2. His 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles ran his winning streak to 22 matches dating back to last season. In doubles play, he teamed with Bryan Yoshino at the top flight to win a seven-point tiebreaker, 7-4.
Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Erika Oku, Kenyon
Kenyon sophomore Erika Oku (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) won a tough, three-set battle against No. 35 (NAIA) Camila Puente on Feb. 2 in the Ladies’ 9-0 win. That victory pushed Oku’s record at No. 1 to 7-0 all-time and extended her winning streak to 23 matches dating back to last season. In doubles, she and senior teammate Maggie Sweeney had no trouble at the top flight as they won 8-3.
Wabash, Men’s Basketball - Wabash guard Jack Davidson (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) has made 67 consecutive free throws since Dec. 28. The NCAA DIII record was 66 by James Jones of Delaware Valley (2/9-3/4/11).
Wooster, Men’s Basketball - Wooster’s 105-67 win over Kenyon on Wednesday marked the 10th straight victory for the Fighting Scots. Wooster’s now won 10 or more games 40 times in program history, 27 of which have come with Steve Moore at the helm of the program.
Oberlin, Men’s Basketball - Senior Eli Silverman-Lloyd (Culver City, Calif./Windward) became the 25th player in Oberlin College history to surpass 1,000 career points as he scored seven points against Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday before adding 10 points in a win vs Denison to bring his career account to 1,016.
Oberlin, Track & Field - Hank Sinn (Latty, Ohio/ Wayne Trace) shattered his school record in the weight throw with a mark of 17.30 meters (56-09.25) at the Dan Kinsey Invitational Friday evening. The senior’s mark currently ranks 29th in Division III and is the second best performance in the NCAC. Sinn broke his throw of 16.44 meters (53-11.25) from the Crimson & Gold January Kick-Off earlier this season.
Wabash, Track & Field - Preston Whaley (Forth Worth, Texas/Chisholm) broke his own school record in triple jump by leaping 14.27 meters (46 feet, 10 inches) at Saturday’s Fred Wilt Open at Purdue University. Whaley’s previous top mark was 14.15 meters set in December in his first collegiate competition.