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January 29, 2001

Swim teams unbeaten,
basketball on the way up

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.

Basketball (Women)
At 8-5 in mid-January, Emory’s record is a reversal from last season when it was 5-8 at the same time. Senior Amy Schell tallied a career-high 24 points in a conference victory at Brandeis (Mass.). Schell and teammate Allison Reopel are averaging a combined 19.1 points and 14.8 rebounds per game.

Basketball (Men)
Senior center David Schaaf has won the team’s Most Improved Player award three times and is making a bid for a fourth. Schaff leads the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds per game, and his scoring average has increased from 0.0 points as a freshman to 3.4 points as a sophomore and 10.2 last season. To open 2001, Emory suffered through a streak of frustrating losses, falling by eight points to the fifth-ranked University of Chicago and by three to No. 14 Washington University.

Swimming & Diving (Men)
The Eagles are in hot pursuit of their first-ever unbeaten season in dual-meet competition. With meets remaining against Division I Georgia Tech and College of Charleston (S.C.), Emory boasts a 5-0 record. During the holiday break, they knocked off Div. II University of Tampa. Junior Mark Shimko posted the fourth-fastest times in the nation this season in both the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley events.

Swimming & Diving (Women)
Heading into the final two dual meets of the season, the Emory women are also undefeated at 6-0. Freshman Liz Swartwout owns the second-fastest time in the nation this season in the 200-yard individual medley, while freshman Tracy Shessler was fourth in the 400-yard IM. Sophomore Claire Lederman was fifth in the 100-yard butterfly. The Eagles aim for a third consecutive conference championship when they host the University Athletic Association tournament, Feb. 8–10.

Sears Directors’ Cup
Emory finished 11th in the nation among Div. III schools in the Sears Directors’ Cup standings for best all-around athletics program. Points are awarded based on a school’s finish in the respective NCAA national championship tournaments. Last fall the women’s soccer and volleyball teams advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament, while both cross country teams qualified for the NCAA national meet. Last school year, Emory placed 14th in the Sears Directors’ Cup. Emory varsity sports recaps are available online at


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