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March 4, 2002

Swim teams prepare for national championships

John Arenberg is Emory's sports information director.


Basketball (women)
Sophomore Stephanie Seibert led the team in scoring for the second consecutive season, averaging 15.3 ppg. That performance earned her first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors. Seibert became the fourth underclassman in school history—and the first since 1996—to make the all-UAA first team.

Basketball (men)
Junior Karel Gless received honorable mention in all-conference voting. He finished in the UAA’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.

Swimming & Diving (men)
Emory is aiming for another top-five finish at the NCAA Div. III national championships in Oxford, Ohio, March 21–23. The Eagles were national runner-up last season. A mixture of old and new could help the team score in the backstroke events. Seniors Mark Shimko and Tom Shane and freshman Chris Halstead rank among the top backstrokers in the nation. Halstead had the second-fastest time recorded this season in the 200-yard backstroke and the 13th best in the 100 backstroke. All three are looking for their first All-America citations in the event, awarded to the top 16 finishers.

Swimming & Diving (women)
Emory boasts a tradition of national success, having finished in the top 10 nationally 11 times in the last 14 seasons. The Eagles are primed to do so again at this year’s NCAA Div. III meet in Oxford, Ohio, March 14–16. A junior, sophomore and two freshmen could propel the team in the butterfly events. Junior Claire Lederman had the fourth-fastest time in the nation this season in the 100-yard butterfly. Sophomore Donley Zifkin and freshman Dana Inserra ranked ninth and 11th, respectively, in the same event. Zifkin, Inserra and freshman Olivia Rzepczynski were listed among the top 25 times nationally in the 200 butterfly.

Spring Sports
• The baseball team finished second in its annual Rawlings tournament, losing to Methodist (N.C.), 7-6, in the championship game.

• In golf, Emory was ranked 19th nationally at the end of the fall season.

• The softball Eagles opened the 2002 season with a 3-1 record.

• Emory was third at the national indoor championships for men’s tennis.

• Women’s tennis began the year 2-1, defeating Div. I Wofford (S.C.) and Div. II Georgia College and State University.


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