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March 5, 2001

Trackstars race through
'Meeting of the Minds'

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director

Track & field
The brain proved mightier than the feet for Emory’s track & field teams. In the “Meeting of the Minds” meet held Feb. 10 at Carleton College (Minn.), the Eagles tracksters thumped the competition in an opening event that required no running, jumping or throwing.

Rather, Emory and host Carleton engaged in an academic quiz contest that counted toward the team scoring for the weekend’s track meet. In the quiz bowl, the Emory men won 105–20, and the women won 100–55.

Incidentally, the teams also competed on the field of play. In the track competition, the men beat

Carleton while the women tied. Grinnell College (Iowa) was also scheduled to compete but was snowed in at home.

“The kids really came prepared,” Coach John Curtin said. “They came out of the gate right away. They were on it, and the excitement and winning attitude carried over to the meet itself.

“The academic victory should be credited to the training provided by the coaching staff,” Curtin said with a smile and a wink.

Basketball (men)
Emory finished third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 9-6 conference mark, its highest finish since the 1989–90 season. Senior center David Schaaf ranked fifth nationally in blocks (3.5 per game) and 11th in rebounding (10.8 per game). Schaaf was voted to the Academic All-District first team, honoring top basketball student-athletes.

Basketball (women)
A young Emory team finished the year 12-13 overall. The team’s top two scorers, Stephanie Seibert (13.3 ppg) and Beth Byron (9.8 ppg), were freshmen, and the Eagles return every player except one for next season. Amy Schell and Andrea Pawliczek were named to the Academic All-District first team.

Swimming & diving (women)
Emory won the UAA title for the third consecutive year, taking first place in nine of 20 events. Freshman Liz Swartwout was honored as the conference Rookie of the Year. Emory heads to the NCAA Division III national championships later this month, where it will try to better last year’s seventh-place finish.

Swimming & diving (men)
Just like the women, the Emory men captured the UAA title for a school-record third consecutive year and won nine of 20 events. The Eagles next head to nationals, where last year the team placed third.

Tennis (men)
Emory finished second at the first-ever National Indoor Championship for NCAA Division III teams. The Eagles, ranked No. 5 in the preseason, opened with a win against seventh-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Emory then won its semifinal match 4-0 over defending national champion and top-ranked Trinity College (Texas). In the finals, Emory fell to No. 3 University of California–Santa Cruz.

Varsity sports season recaps are available online at


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