2011-12 UWEC Athletes of the Week - Week 32 (April 16-22)

April 22, 2012
Men's Outdoor Field - Tyler Genovese, Senior, Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH
As the Blugolds took third place at UW-La Crosse’s Phil Esten Challenge on Friday, Genovese won the discus throw. He finished with a mark of 51.23 meters (168-01). Genovese was also fifth in the hammer throw and 13th in the shot put.

April 22, 2012
Men's Outdoor Track - Thurgood Dennis, Freshman, Allouez, Wis./Green Bay Notre Dame
Dennis was part of two event victories as the Blugolds finished in third place at UW-La Crosse’s Phil Esten Challenge on Friday. He took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.42 seconds and was part of the winning 4x400-meter relay team that won with a time of 3:15.70, more than four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

April 22, 2012
Men's Tennis - Joe Meier, Sophomore, Hutchinson, Minn.
Meier helped the Blugolds go 2-1 this weekend facing in-state opponents. At No. 5 singles, Meier opened with a 6-4, 6-3 win against CJ Schwind from La Crosse on Friday and then defeated Oshkosh's Jason Alexander 6-2, 6-2 Saturday morning. Meier then beat Whitewater's Erik Scanlan 7-6, 3-6, 10-7 to finish the weekend. He finished the regular season winning seven consecutive singles matches.

April 22, 2012
Softball: Pitcher - Ashley Meinen, Righthanded Pitcher, 5-7, Senior, Chippewa Falls, Wis./McDonell
Meinen pitched two complete games this week and finished with a 2-0 record. Against St. Norbert College on Saturday, she pitched a career-high nine strikeouts and gave up just four hits and one run as the Blugolds won 2-1. Facing UW-La Crosse on Wednesday, Meinen gave up only two hits and two runs, neither of which was earned, while striking out five batters in a 3-2 Blugold win. For the week, she had a 0.50 ERA.

April 22, 2012
Softball: Position - Amanda Fischer, Outfielder, 5-6, Freshman, Wausau, Wis./West
Fischer played a key role in helping the Blugolds finish the week 4-0. In a doubleheader at St. Norbert College on Saturday, she drove in the game winning runs in both games. In game one, Fischer hit a single in the top of the 10th inning, helping give the Blugolds the 4-3 win while she doubled in game two in the top of the seventh, which brought home a run and gave the Blugolds a 2-1 lead which they hung on to the rest of the way. For the week, she went 11-for-18 at the plate, a batting average of .611. Fischer scored a team-high four runs and recorded three doubles and a home run while also finishing with three RBI. She had a slugging percentage of .944 and an on-base percentage of .611 while also stealing two bases. Fischer also had three putouts and one assist.

April 22, 2012
Women's Golf - Catherine Wagner, Junior, Austin, Minn.
Wagner helped the Blugolds win the 2012 Wartburg College Spring Invitational as she tied for fourth place in the 37-golfer field. She finished with 159 strokes.

April 22, 2012
Women's Outdoor Field - Julia Baranek, Senior, Port Washington, Wis.
At the Phil Esten Challenge on Friday, where the Blugolds took third place, Baranek claimed second in the triple jump with a distance of 11.62 meters (38-1.50). She also finished 11th in the long jump.

April 22, 2012
Women's Outdoor Track - Kacey Rindy, Senior, Fennimore, Wis.
Rindy took the top spot in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 38:04.23 as the Blugolds finished in third place Friday at UW-La Crosse’s Phil Esten Challenge. Her time was more than 10 seconds in front of the rest of the field.

April 22, 2012
Women's Tennis - Taylor Heltne, Junior, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley
Heltne won one singles and one doubles match as the Blugolds defeated Northwestern College (Minn.) 9-0 on Friday. Playing at No. 1 singles, she won 6-2, 6-1 and won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles with partner Katie Gillman. Wrapping up the regular season, she won eight straight doubles and singles matches.