Volume 76
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THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS was tinged with chlorine this spring as Emory’s men’s and women’s teams splashed their way to the University Athletic Association’s swimming and diving titles for the second consecutive year. The victories were especially satisfying for having been won on Emory’s home turf–or surf–at the Woodruff Physical Education Center pool. To win, the Eagles defeated their top rival, Johns Hopkins, whose men’s and women’s teams were ranked second and fourth, respectively, in NCAA Division III. The women’s title was the eighth in ten years; it was the second ever for the men. The conference women’s Coaching Staff of the Year award went to the Emory staff of Head Coach Jon Howell, Assistant Coach Jessica Berkowitz, Assistant Coach Cindy Fontana, and Diving Coach Alexandre Kossenkov.

THE ATLANTA BRAVES weren’t there. Neither were the New York Yankees. But Emory University was at the World Series–the NCAA Division III World Series, that is. For the first time in school history, the Emory baseball team advanced to the World Series by winning the NCAA South regional championship, one of eight regional contests leading to the spring classic.

Emory finished seventh in double-elimination play, losing to the two teams that advanced to the championship game (the University of St. Thomas and eventual winner Montclair State University). The Eagles also placed seventh in the final national rankings, highest in school history.

First-year coach Mike Twardoski guided Emory to a 33—16 record, tying the school mark for wins in a season. Senior infielder Ted Karniewicz of Weston, Florida, became the first player in school history to be named an All-American for the second time in his career.

The baseball team’s success was the tip of the iceberg for Emory’s varsity athletics program, which had three other sports finish in the top ten in the nation this spring.

The golf team finished tenth at this year’s NCAA championships and placed eighth in the final national rankings. Emory’s golfers won the University Athletic Association (UAA) championship for the sixth year in a row, the longest streak in conference history.

The men’s tennis team reached the NCAA quarterfinals, marking its eleventh consecutive year in the top ten. The squad had a 17—5 record, good for the fourth-best winning percentage (.773) in school history.

The women’s tennis team also reached the quarter-finals of the NCAA tournament. Their appearance extended their string of consecutive NCAA berths to sixteen, the longest active streak in the nation in Division III.

In outdoor track and field, Emory sent two competitors to the NCAA national championships. Junior Kendra Robins of Virginia Beach, Virginia, finished fourth in the women’s javelin. Sophomore Sarah Byrd of Weldon, North Carolina, placed seventeenth in the women’s fifteen-hundred-meter run.–John Arenberg


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