Even though a number of Emory student-athletes have won individual national titles, including Troy Thompson's victory in the triple jump at the 1995 NCAA Division III national men's outdoor track and field championship, Emory had never captured a national team championship until this spring, when the women's tennis team won the Division III national title in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Seeded third going into the tournament, the Eagles came from behind in the semifinals to upset Kenyon College, the number-one seed and defending national champion. Emory went on to beat Washington & Lee University in the final round.

"We had a lot of depth, and that was the key to our team," says coach Cathy Benton. "It feels wonderful. I think you have in the back of your mind that no Emory team has ever done it before. The student-athletes knew not only that they were playing for a national championship, but that they were also playing for a historical mark for the school, and that made it all that more exciting."

The members of Emory's women's championship tennis team are (pictured from left to right) sophomore Marguerite McClinton, freshman Stefanie Leshaw (obscured), senior Amy Smith, coach Cathy Benton, junior Megan Bern, junior Kristin Wesoloski, freshman Katie Kirschbaum, senior Jessica Levy, and (not pictured) junior Adrian Poole. The men's tennis team was only slightly less successful this season, losing in the final round of the national tournament to the University of California-Santa Cruz, the number-one seed and defending champion. With the men's showing, Emory became the first Division III school to place both its men's and women's tennis teams in the championship final in the same year.

In other Emory sports news, some of our readers may have noticed a slight faux pas on the cover of the spring issue. It seems we jumped the gun when we wrote that "national champion Cyrus Beasley '95C will be rowing for the gold at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta." In fact, when the magazine was published, the U.S. Olympic rowing trials had not taken place, and Cyrus had yet to earn a berth on the team. We are happy to report that Cyrus did indeed make the Olympic team, placing first in the single scull event at the trials. Stay tuned for updates on his journey toward the medal stand.--J.D.T.

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