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January 14, 2002

Men's basketball comes out shooting

John Arenberg is Emory's sports information director


Basketball (men)
This season’s squad came in with a plan to play an up-tempo style and so far has executed accordingly. Aside from a blowout loss to NCAA Division I Furman (S.C.), the Eagles were averaging 85.8 points per game. At that pace, this would be the third most-prolific offense in school history behind the two teams that won conference championships in the late ’80s. Impressively, the Eagles are putting that many points on the board despite the loss of their top returning scorer, Seun Abolaji, who broke his foot in the preseason. Emory closed out the fall with an 88-77 win against University of the South (Tenn.), in which six Eagles topped 10 points, a first under fourth-year coach Brett Zuver.

Basketball (women)
Sophomores Stephanie Seibert and Beth Byron were the team’s top two scorers last season, and both are headed for the same feat this year. One of them was the team's leading scorer in every game last semester. Heading into January, both were averaging 17 points per game (only five points separated their season scoring totals), and the duo has accounted for 51 percent of the team’s scoring. Only one other player on the team averages more than six points per game. Two newcomers, Dana Weston and Lauren Dix, joined the team after Thanksgiving and are averaging a combined 22 minutes per game.


Swimming & Diving (men)
Coming off a second-place finish at the Div. III national championships last season, Emory has already made plans for a repeat performance this year. Entering the spring, the Eagles have posted 31 national qualifying times in individual or relay events. Six came in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle, thanks to sophomore Richard Kinnett, freshman Dan Weissman and senior Eric Caines. The trio rank fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the nation for the fastest time in the 1,650 free (also known as the mile). Incredibly, their best times are less than three seconds apart in an event that takes them approximately 16 minutes to swim. Caines is bidding to become the first Eagle to earn All-America honors in the mile all four seasons; he and Kinnett both were All-Americans last season in the event.


Swimming & Diving (women)
The Eagles finished fourth at nationals last season but may be poised improve on that result. Thus far, Emory has amassed 35 national qualifying times either in individual or relay events. Eight of them are in the distance freestyle events (500 free, 1650 free). Four Emory swimmers—freshman Leigh Campbell, sophomore Tracy Shessler, senior Becky Mutz and freshman Dana Inserra—have posted top 15 times nationally in the 500 free, and four (Campbell, Mutz, Inserra and junior Lindsey Hoffner) rank among the fastest 17 times in the nation in the 1650 free this season. Mutz is a seven-time All-American in her career, making her the fourth-most decorated Emory swimmer. She was second in the mile and third in the 500 free at last spring’s NCAA championships. Hoffner was an All-American in both distance freestyle events last season.


Fall recap
Emory was 20th in the nation among Div. III schools in the fall standings for the Sears Directors’ Cup, presented to the school with the best all-around athletics program. Emory scored best in volleyball; the Eagles advanced to the Sweet 16 round for the fourth time in six years. The women’s cross country squad put together the second-best finish in school history, 16th place, thanks in part to senior Sarah Byrd who became the first Emory female runner to earn repeat All-America honors. The men’s cross country team placed 22nd at nationals, its best finish since 1992. Emory finished 18th in the final national rankings for women’s soccer, but the Eagles were not one of the 45 teams selected for the Div. III national tournament.

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