Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: April 9-15

Updated 4/19/2012
Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: Megan Weaver, Ohio, Golf

Megan Weaver (Sr., 3.95, math prep. for actuarial sciences (Minors: Psychology and Business Administration) had a terrific weekend for Ohio Women’s Golf, placing second in a field of 75 at the 2012 Doris Black Falcon Invitational. The senior shot scores of 73 and 76 in the two-day event, ending with a final score of 149. Weaver finished just one stroke behind the leader—Darin Pinnick of Indianapolis University—and paced her Bobcats to a third-place finish, their best team result since the 2010 spring season.
Finishing in second place individually ties the best finish of Weaver’s career and marks the seventh time that she has finished within the top five at a tournament. 

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week’s competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference’s faculty athletic representatives.

Other Nominees:
Akron: Katherine Lee (outdoor track and field, jumps, Sr., 3.783, dietetics) after missing the indoor season with a broken wrist, Lee, a USTFCCCA All-American in the pole vault in 2011, returned to form in a big way last weekend at the Northeast Ohio Quad. The senior took first place in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-03.50, which ranks her 31st in the country and is the second-best reported mark in the MAC (to UA's Ariane Beaumont-Courteau). The senior, who owns a 3.78 GPA as a dietetics major at UA, then capped off her big day with a second-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 18-05.00.

Bowling Green: Nikki Chiricosta (tennis, #1 singles, #1 doubles, So., 3.93, journalism) was a perfect 4-0 in last week’s two matches, winning two matches each at the top singles and doubles flights. Against Valparaiso on Tuesday (April 10), Chiricosta did not lose a single game. She teamed with fellow soph Emily Reuland for an 8-0 win in doubles, then defeated VU’s Megan Barthels by scores of 6-0, 6-0 at the number-one singles flight. BGSU downed Valpo by a 7-0 score. On Friday, Chiricosta teamed up with Reuland for an 8-6 doubles win over Western Michigan’s Kerr/Sujashvili team, and the BG soph then defeated Maria Nivia by 6-1, 6-1 scores in singles play. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 4-3. On the season, Chirocosta now has 41 total wins, good for second on the team. With a 20-9 singles record and a 21-9 doubles mark, she is second on the Falcons in singles wins and is deadlocked for second in doubles victories. Chiricosta is 4-2 in MAC singles matches and has teamed with Reuland for a 5-1 mark in conference doubles contests.

Buffalo: Alyssa Ward
(softball, UTL, Jr., 3.250, social sciences) batted .625 for the week as the Bulls went 4-1. Ward had 10 hits, including hitting for the first cycle in UB's Division I history in the Bulls' victory over Canisius. She drove in six runs against the Griffins and continued her offensive dominance into the weekend. In all, Ward finished with three doubles, two triples and a home run. She finished with a slugging percentage of 1.250 and had 20 total bases on the week.

Eastern Michigan: Sarah Johnson
(golf, Jr., 3.44, psychology) fired a 75 to lead the Eastern Michigan University women's golf team Sunday afternoon, April 15, at the rain-shortened Indiana Invitational. Due to weather, the tournament was shortened to an 18-hole event, with all but two or three holes played on Sunday. Johnson's three-over par was good enough for a seventh place tie in the field of 87 golfers. It marked the ninth career top 10 showing for the Wixom, Mich. native and the sixth time just this season she has done so.

Kent State: Sara Oczypok
(outdoor track and field, throws, Jr., 3.95, exercise science) the javelin throw at the Northeast Ohio Quad meet held at the University of Akron's Lee Jackson Field this past weekend with a distance of 151-00. It was her third meet victory of the year. She currently ranks 36th in the nation in the javelin.

Miami: Rachael Clay (outdoor track and field, 400m dash, Sr., 3.55, exercise science (minor: coaching))had a strong showing at the Jesse Owens Classic Saturday despite cold and rainy conditions, clocking a personal-best 400m dash time of 54.43, which moves her into second in school history in the event, less than a second behind the record holder (53.58). She finished sixth in the race but was fourth among collegiate runners, which included a pair of Big Ten athletes. Clay shaved over a full second off her previous-best time, which ranked her eighth all-time at Miami (55.77). The 54.43 is the fourth-fastest time ever run at Miami in the 400m, ranks fourth in the MAC this year and ranks 77th nationally.

Northern Illinois: Jenelle McCalla (outdoor track and field, sprints, Jr., 4.0, psychology) notched two top three finishes last weekend at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational hosted by Western Illinois. The Whitby, Ontario, native took third place in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.78. McCalla closed the day out by running the second leg of the Huskies’ first place 4x400 relay team. Joined by Erin Milner, Erica Miller and Rebecca Cronin, the NIU quartet crossed the finish line at 3:55.07. As a team, the Huskies took third place at the meet with 126 points, trailing only Marquette and the host Leathernecks.

Western Michigan: Meredith Whitney (softball, P/OF, Sr., 3.18, interdisciplinary health services) went 2-1 in the circle this past week, shutting out the No. 20 in the country, Michigan, to open the week. She recorded 31 strikeouts in four outings. Whitney allowed just four hits to Michigan in WMU’s first shut out at Michigan since April 15, 1992. Her only loss of the week came in a game that she allowed just two earned runs on four hits and struck out a career-matching 14 batters for her first double digit strikeout game of the season and ninth of her career. Offensively, Whitney had at least a hit in four of five games, including an extra base hit (double) in WMU’s 4-0 win over Buffalo.

Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 9) Kristen Lynn, Toledo (soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 16) Brigit Reder, BSU (soccer)
Week 3 (Sept. 23) Paige Roback, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 30) Rachel Iaquaniello, EMU (volleyball) and Nicole Gyurgyik, Toledo (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 7) Brigit Reder, BSU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 14) Skylar Chew, BSU (soccer) and Bailey Brandon, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 21) Toye Famodu, Ohio (soccer)
Week 8 (Oct. 28) Kristin Hoffman, NIU (volleyball)
Week 9 (Nov. 4) Carla Johl, KSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 10) Maddy Eccleston, BGSU (tennis)
Week 11 (Nov. 17) Cassie Farrell, Miami (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 26) Trisha Krewson, KSU (basketball)
Week 13 (Nov. 30) Juli Accurso, Ohio (cross country)
Week 14 (Dec. 7) Briana Emig, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 15 (Dec. 14) Tenishia Benson, Ohio (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 22) Courtney Osborn, Miami (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 11) Emily Pifer, Ohio (track and field)
Week 18 (Jan. 18) Briana Emig, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 19 (Jan. 25) Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 20 (Feb. 1) Brittany Petzold, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 21 (Feb. 8) Holly Anderson, CMU (indoor track and field)
Week 22 (Feb. 15) Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 23 (Feb. 22) Kristin Teubner, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 24 (Mar. 1) Valerie (Wert) Fraizer, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 25 (Mar. 8) Taylor Ruper, Akron (basketball)
Week 26 (Mar. 15) Natachia Watkins, EMU (basketball)
Week 27 (Mar. 21) Jenna Ignowski, EMU (softball) and Jessica Simpson, Miami (softball)
Week 28 (Mar. 28) Tanya Rachan, NIU (gymnastics)
Week 29 (Apr. 4) Alison Mercado, BSU (softball)
Week 30 (Apr. 11) Emily Reuland, BGSU (tennis) and Emma Kertesz, Toledo (outdoor track and field)
Week 31 (Apr. 19) Megan Weaver, Ohio (golf)