Track & field
The brain proved mightier than the feet for Emorys 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 weekends track meet. In
the quiz bowl, the Emory men won 10520, and the women won 10055.
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.
Emory finished third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with
a 9-6 conference mark, its highest finish since the 198990 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.
A young Emory team finished the year 12-13 overall. The teams 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
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 years seventh-place
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.
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 CaliforniaSanta Cruz.
sports season recaps are available online at www.emory.edu/SPORTS