2002 Emory graduate Andrea Pawliczek, a former two-time All-America
goalie, has been named the NCAA Div. III female winner of the Woody
Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award.
The award, named after the longtime Ohio State football coach, is
presented in recognition of academic and athletic success and community
service. Pawliczek was honored along with male and female winners
for all three NCAA divisions on Feb. 7 in Columbus, Ohio.
Pawliczek holds virtually every Emory goalkeeping record. She graduated
with a 3.99 cumulative grade point average as an economics and chemistry
major, while serving as a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House and
as a reading tutor for inner-city children. Pawliczek also participated
in Project Open Hand to prepare meals for the elderly or people
with AIDS. She is the second Emory soccer player to receive this
national honor; the first was Amy Carter, a 1997 graduate.
In January Emory did something it had not done in five years: win
both games on its annual New York-Boston road trip to play New York
and Brandeis universities. The Eagles did so while averaging 87
points and winning by an average of 15 points. Emory was 23rd in
the nation in team offense among NCAA Div. III schools and 29th
in team free-throw percentage. Five times the team has featured
five players scoring 10 or more points in a single game.
After compiling a 7-2 nonconference record, Emory was looking for
its first conference win as January came to a close. The schedule
was of little help with four conference opponents ranked in the
top 40 nationally according to D3hoops.com. For the third consecutive
season, the top two scorers were juniors Beth Byron and Stephanie
Seibert, each at 10 points per game. Nationally the Eagles were
24th in Div. III for team free-throw percentage.
During the semester break, both the men’s and women’s
teams ventured to Tampa, Fla., for winter training and two-a-day
practices. After returning to Atlanta, they opened the semester
with dual-meet victories against Transylvania (Ky.). Eleven different
Eagle men recorded the fastest time in the 11 individual events.
Emory women recorded nine NCAA qualifying times; most impressive
was sophomore Leigh Campbell, who qualified in the 1,650-yard freestyle
despite swimming with a broken foot. Both teams are preparing to
defend their conference titles in mid-February and will later host
the NCAA Div. III national championships, March 13–15 (women)
and March 20–22 (men).
Track & Field
Emory fared well in its first scored meet of the season, Jan. 24,
defeating University of the South (Tenn.) 100-46 in a dual meet.
Freshman Blake Staub was a multiple winner with victories in the
200-meter dash and the 55-meter dash. Freshman Rob Bullard won the
high jump for the second consecutive meet; his height of 2.03 meters
is fourth-best in the nation this season and meets the provisional
qualifying standard for the NCAA national meet. Junior T.J. Jennings
won the long jump with a jump of 6.89 meters, the conference’s
second-best jump this season.
Track & Field
In the Jan. 24 dual meet, the Emory women also defeated the University
of the South, 87-18. Freshman Emily Watts won the 50-meter dash
and the 200-meter dash, and her time of 7.60 in the 55-meter dash
is a conference best this season. Freshman Esther Choi won the triple
jump with jump of 9.90 meters, second-best in the conference.
For the latest on Emory varsity athletics, visit www.go.emory.edu.