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February 4, 2002

Swim teams aim for 4th straight titles

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.


Basketball (men)
With three-point field goals in 32 consecutive games stretched over two seasons, sophomore Robert Spivey has broken the old mark of 30 games set by Kevin Felner in the 1991–92 season. Spivey, a sophomore, has connected for a trey in every game of his career except one. In the spring semester, the team’s best player in the early going is junior forward Karel Gless, who recorded two double-doubles in a four-game span.

Basketball (women)
Emory picked up its first conference win of the season against Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) Jan. 20 with perhaps its best overall performance. The Eagles shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and a sizzling 71 percent (12 of 17) in the second (a school record for a half) to finish at 59 percent, third-best in Emory history for a game. Defensively, Emory yielded a season-low 48 points and limited the opposition to 28 percent shooting.

Swimming & Diving (men)
Emory is looking for its fourth consecutive conference title when it hosts the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships, Feb. 14–16. One of the Eagles’ strengths is the butterfly, in which Emory boasts three of the nation’s best: Seniors Tom Shane and Sebastian Popa and freshman Andrew Schapiro have recorded the second-, third- and fifth-fastest times, respectively, among NCAA Div. III swimmers this year in the 200-yard butterfly. All three also place in the top 12 in the 100-yard event. Shane is a seven-time All-American with a best finish of fourth in the 200 fly at the 2000 Div. III national championships. Popa, a three-time All-American, was third in the 200 fly at last year’s national meet.

Swimming & Diving (women)
Just like the men, Emory’s women are looking for their fourth consecutive conference title (10th all-time) when they host the UAA championships Feb. 14–16. The Eagles have made a point in recent years to boost their performances in the freestyle events, and those efforts are beginning to pay off. Freshman Hillary Lane has the second-fastest time in the nation this season in Div. III for the 50-yard freestyle, while senior Liz Beeler is fifth in the same event. Both are listed among the top 25 times in the 100-yard freestyle. In the 200 freestyle, Emory boasts three swimmers who rank in the nation’s top 20: freshmen Leigh Campbell (11th) and Dana Inserra (15th) and sophomore Donley Zifkin (16th).

Both Emory soccer teams have been honored with Team Academic Awards by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). In addition, two soccer players (senior goalie Andrea Pawliczek and junior forward Annie Schenck) were selected to the Scholar-Athlete All-America women’s team and one (senior defender Mark Cooke) was named to the Scholar-Athlete All-Region men’s team.

Emory was one of 12 Div. III schools (and one of 36 at all levels) to have both soccer teams recognized. This is the fifth consecutive year both Emory teams have received the Team Academic Award, presented to teams with cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for the past school year.

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