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Second-year swimmer excited for new season

Second-year swimmer excited for new season

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

Kate Ptashnik is a second-year distance free swimmer on the Case Western Reserve University swim team. With the season still young, she looks to improve on a stellar first year that featured an 18:21.88 in the 1,650 free. Swimming provides Ptashnik with countless memories, including getting punched in the f...

The team comes first for second-year soccer player

The team comes first for second-year soccer player

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

Christina Hickson is a second-year forward on the Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team. In just 10 games this season, she has recorded 16 points, including six goals and four assists. She loves being a part of soccer simply because of everybody around her. The entire team wants to see ...

First-year soccer player off to a blistering start

First-year soccer player off to a blistering start

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2019

Aniya Hartzler is a first-year forward on the Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team. In just her first year, she is already off to an amazing start, scoring five goals and racking up four assists. This has helped the team to a 12-3 record so far in the season. Hartzler comes from a very...

Second-year tennis player cherishes the great times

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

August 23, 2019

Eliza Georgiades is a second-year tennis player on the Case Western Reserve University women’s tennis team. Georgiades gained valuable experience as a first-year player, even while going 4-9 in single matches, and she looks to improve on those totals next season. She loves the feeling of being com...

Passion for life drives second-year club soccer player

Passion for life drives second-year club soccer player

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

April 12, 2019

This week the Athlete Spotlight is focusing on second-year club soccer player Naomi Kane, rather than a varsity athlete. She has played soccer ever since she can remember and loves spending time with others who share her passion. Kane also is a Chemistry 111 Supplemental Instruction leader where she gets ...

Second-year goalkeeper inspired by CWRU community

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2019

Andrew Engelmeyer is a second-year goalkeeper on the Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team. Last season, he saw action in three games allowing one goal with four saves. He continues to grow in the sport, and is looking forward to next season. Off the field, Engelmeyer is a member of Sigma Al...

Second-year jumper designs bridges

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

March 29, 2019

Luke Traverso is a second-year jumper on the Case Western Reserve University track team. Last indoor season, he topped his pole vault at 4.01 meters, and he is looking forward to building on that this year. In the classroom, he is working toward a degree in civil engineering. He puts what he is learning to use...

Second-year runner sprinting into spring season

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2019

Eric Rachita is a distance runner on both the Case Western Reserve University cross country and track teams. Last track season, he achieved personal records of 2:07.47 in the 800-meter run and a 15:50.94 in the 5,000-meter run. While not on the run, Eric conducts research for the polymer science department...

Fourth-year swimmer finishes season with a bang

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2019

Renee Decker is a fourth-year student and a freestyle/backstroke swimmer on the Case Western Reserve University women’s swim team. Recently, at the University Athletic Association Championships, her relay team achieved a school record and NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:35.37 in the 200-yard freestyle ...

First-year swimmer remembers the “sweet” moments

First-year swimmer remembers the “sweet” moments

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019

Daniella Rupert is a first-year student and freestyle swimmer on the Case Western Reserve University’s women’s swim team. In just her first year swimming at the collegiate level, she has already earned multiple first place titles at meets, including against Baldwin Wallace. When out of the pool, Rup...

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