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January 8, 2001

Winter sports teams
start off solid season

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director

Basketball (Men)
Emory’s 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 Emory’s 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.

Basketball (Women)
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 team’s depth and its favored, fast-break offense. Emory’s 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 2000–01 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 women’s 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 women’s cross country All-American in school history. This is the second time in Emory history that two women’s 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


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