Hanfmann and Iuel Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    USC freshman Amalie Iuel won the Heptathlon for USC over the weekend.

    May 13, 2014

    LOS ANGELES – USC men’s tennis junior Yannick Hanfmann and women's track & field freshman Amalie Iuel named USC's Student-Athlete's of the Week for the week of May 5-11.

    USC junior Yannick Hanfmann stepped up big for the Trojans this week in their two victories in the NCAA tournament over Idaho and No. 29 Oklahoma State. Hanfmann and senior Ray Sarmiento, the No. 1 doubles team in the nation, topped Oklahoma State’s #14 ranked doubles team of Jakob Sude and Arjun Kadhe 8-5. With the win, the dynamic duo of Hanfmann and Sarmiento improved to 15-2 together on the season.

    Hanfmann, who also ranks No. 10 in the nation in singles, wasn’t done and faced Oklahoma State’s #96 ranked Sebastian Sachs in a singles match later in the day. Thanks to solid groundstrokes and serves, Hanfmann was in control the entire match and provided the clincher for USC as he took down Sachs 6-1, 6-3. With his singles victory, Hanfmann improved to 21-5 overall in singles play this season and increased his winning streak to seven consecutive matches. On Saturday, Hanfmann was also strong, although both his doubles and singles matches were suspended. Led by Hanfmann, the Trojans will advance to Athens, Ga., where top-seeded USC will face No. 16 seed Columbia at 9 a.m. ET on May 16 in the NCAA Round of 16.

    Other USC men’s student-athletes nominated this week included: Viktor Fajayomi (track & field) for placing second in the decathlon at the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships and recording five legal PRs, one wind-aided PR and matched a PR in another event during the two-day competition; and Max De Vroome (men’s tennis) for recording the clincher against Idaho on Saturday, while also winning his doubles match on Saturday and Sunday as well.  

    USC women’s track & field Freshman Amalie Iuel had a legendary weekend for USC at the Pac-12 Track & Field Multi-Events Championships. The freshman star became the first Trojan to win the heptathlon since 1996 and finished the two-day competition with 5,378 points, a point total that moved her into seventh place on USC's all-time list. Iuel is believed to be the first freshman to win the conference heptathlon since Jackie Johnson of ASU in 2004.

    The freshman from Norway recorded a PR in the javelin throw where she threw 110-5/33.67m in her final attempt. With only the 800m race remaining and Iuel in second place, the freshman star blazed to a PR of 2:12.43 to win the event by more than two and a half seconds and lock up the Heptathlon Pac-12 Championship. Her heptathlon point total of 5,378 points also moved her into 26th place in the country entering this weekend's action. Iuel’s heroics earned USC 10 points in the women’s team competition for the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, which continue in Pullman, Wash.

    Other USC women’s student-athletes nominated this week included: Zoe Scandalis (women’s tennis) for upsetting Michigan's #9 nationally ranked singles player for a big point in USC's 4-2 win over #17 Michigan; and Annie Park (women’s golf) for tying for 2nd at the West Regional this weekend where USC won for the ninth time this year. Park finished with her fifth top 3 this season and her ninth top 11 in a row.

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Robby Kolanz. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Sarah Bergstrom, Nikki Borchard, Lily Campbell, Constance Hiller, Carlene Jones, Robby Kolanz, Alec Koondel, Aubrey Kragen, Taiu Kunimoto, Janessa Mendence, Tera Novy, and Max Schwartz.