Men's Tennis / Freshman / Austin, Texas
Major: Common Year
Erik Kerrigan is a freshman on the UChicago men's tennis team. Kerrigan helped lead the Maroons to a 6-3 victory over Gustavus Adolphus, with dominating wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles. He improved his season records to 13-3 in singles and 15-4 in doubles.
Head Coach Jay Tee: "Erik had a tremendous weekend of tennis versus Gustavus. Not only did he grab two key wins in our 6-3 victory, Erik led the team emotionally. Not normally known for his vocal leadership, Erik answered my pre-match challenge to bring more focus and energy to his match in a big way. Instead of bringing those intangibles to only his match, Erik brought enough for the entire team. He was constantly looking for teammates that he could motivate and was a constant source of energy for everyone wearing maroon. Sunday's match was Erik's most complete - physically and emotionally - of his young career. I believe that Erik is the reason we won on Sunday; without him I'm not sure we would have found a way to win."
Teammate Jonathan Li: "Erik definitely brought a lot for the team this weekend and competed very well in both singles and doubles. He was one of our most vocal and supportive players and it was great to see this level of energy and focus from one of our freshmen. The doubles pair of Erik and fellow freshman Ninan Kumar brought the aggression and quality play early in their match at one doubles. It was great to see Erik carry that momentum into his singles match to bring the team two clutch victories against Gustavus Adolphus. I'm looking forward to seeing Erik continue to play big tennis this season."
Kerrigan Quick Facts
- In his free time, Erik likes to read books and listen to music, predominately classic rock and country.
- Erik met President Obama at South by Southwest.
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Jatan Anand (Men's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Now in his senior year, Jatan is having by far his best year. I thought he had a really strong meet this weekend competing in three events. Jatan ran the third leg of our 4x100 relay (placed third), finished third overall in the 200 meter dash with a seasonal-best performance and placed second in the meet in the 100 meter dash with a lifetime-best performance. His time in the 100 currently ranks him #2 in the UAA. While Jatan has always contributed on our relays, he has not been in a position in his first three years to place individually in the UAA; but he appears to be in that place in multiple events this season."
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