Emorys opening-night lineup Dec. 6 featured four new starters, indicative
of the change in the team. And for the better. The Eagles knocked off
Maryville (Tenn.), ranked 16th in the nation the previous week, in dramatic
fashion, rallying from a 12-point deficit with nine minutes to play. Newcomer
Seun Abolaji, a sophomore guard, was Emorys leading scorer at the
holiday break with an average of 18.6 points per game. He was closely
followed by senior center David Schaaf, with 18.5 points and a team-high
8.6 rebounds per game.
The Eagles boasted a 6-2 record at the holiday break, the second-best
start in school history. The influx of six freshmen has restored the teams
depth and its favored, fast-break offense. Emorys offense was averaging
79.1 points per game compared to 63.9 at the same time last season. Freshman
guard Beth Byron leads the team with a scoring average of 14.4 points
per game, the highest by an Eagle in six seasons.
Swimming & Diving (Men)
Coming off its best-ever third-place finish at the NCAA Division III national
championships, Emory set its sights this season on matching or bettering
that accomplishment. The Eagles concluded fall semester with a perfect
record (6-0) in dual meets, a first in school history. The squad finished
first in a quadrangular that featured their top conference rival, Johns
Hopkins (Md.). Emory also beat a Div. I school, Davidson (N.C.), in a
dual meet. At the Miami (Ohio) Invitational, a select group of Eagles
swam two automatic qualifying times for the NCAA championships, 19 provisional
qualifying swims and two school records. The Eagles were fifth in the
nation among Div. III schools in Team Quality Points (TQP), a formula
that calculates the quantity and quality of qualifying performances.
Swimming & Diving (Women)
The Eagles returned nearly their entire squad from the one that finished
seventh at the NCAAs last season. Thus far, the 200001 edition looks
even better, with a No. 6 TQP ranking among Div. III schools. Emory racked
up two automatic qualifying times, 19 provisional qualifying swims and
two school records at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational. The womens
squad topped the men by one with a 7-0 dual-meet record, its first undefeated
fall in school history. Just like their male counterparts, the Emory women
defeated Div. I Davidson in a dual meet and earned a first-place showing
in a quadrangular that featured top conference rival Johns Hopkins.
A record-tying four Eagles earned All-America honors last fall. The honorees
were junior Sarah Byrd (cross country), sophomore Annie Schenck (soccer),
junior Andrea Pawliczek (soccer), and senior Megan Williams (volleyball).
Byrd is the third womens cross country All-American in school history.
This is the second time in Emory history that two womens soccer
players were named All-Americans in the same year. Williams repeated as
a volleyball All-American, becoming the fourth Eagle ever in any team
sport to receive multiple All-America citations.
Emory varsity sports season recaps are available at www.emory.edu/SPORTS