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April 9, 2001

Spring teams win championship titles

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.


Winning 18 of its first 22 games, Emory achieved its highest-ever national ranking, No. 2, in late March. The Eagles also received a first-place vote in the NCAA Division III poll conducted by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Emory won the University Athletic Association (UAA) title outright (also a first) with a 6-1 record during the conference championships, March 10–14.

Emory is ranked 21st out of 186 Div. III teams in the GolfStat rankings and is aiming for its seventh consecutive conference title in late April. Junior Brandon Davis was twice honored as conference Athlete of the Week in March. His 75.9-stroke average is nearly two shots better than his previous career best.

In only its third season of varsity competition, Emory captured its first conference title with a 7-1 record during the UAA championships March 11–14 in Orlando, Fla. The Eagles’ 27-10 record is the best in the team’s (brief) history.

Tennis (Men)
Emory entered the spring ranked fifth in the country, having done everything possible to justify the lofty ranking. The Eagles boasted a 9-3 overall record, including 6-1 against Top 20 competition. Emory advanced to the finals of a national indoor tournament in Washington that brought together top teams from each region. Senior Brett Kaplan was ranked No. 2 in the nation among singles players.

Tennis (Women)
Emory won the Fab Four Classic in San Antonio, Texas by beating the Nos. 5, 3 and 1 teams in the country. The seventh-ranked Eagles completed the weekend sweep with a 7-2 decision against top-ranked and defending national champion Trinity College (Texas). It was the third time since 1996 that Emory has toppled the nation’s No. 1 team.

Track & Field (Women)
The 8th-ranked Eagles opened the outdoor season with a pair of home meets. Junior Sarah Byrd turned in a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run during the Emory Div. III Invitational. Her time of 10:27.89 is the 12th-fastest in school history.

Track & Field (Men)
Like the women, No. 9 Emory opened its season with two meets at home. Senior Ben Kim broke the school record in the hammer throw to win the event during the Emory Div. III Invitational. His toss of 47.76 meters broke the six-year-old school record by more than a third of a meter and improved on his personal best by nearly 1.22 meters.

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