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February 7, 2005
Emory women shoot down #3 hoops team
john arenberg is emory sports information director
Emory added a chapter to its history as giant killers by knocking off the No. 3 team in the nation. The Eagles took down third-ranked (and previously undefeated) Brandeis 61-59, Jan. 25 in the P.E. Center. Sophomore guard Beth Bergmann led the upset with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists; two days earlier, Bergmann had scored 24 points against No. 10 New York University (her season-high is 26 points against No. 13 Washington University). Following the Brandeis win, Bergmann was named Athlete of the Week in the University Athletic Association (UAA).
Emory has placed its fate in the hands of three returning starters—all of whom have delivered. Senior center Chase Fawsett, averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game, has moved into third place in Emory’s all-time scoring list. Senior guard and playmaker Rashawn Allen leads the Eagles in assists while adding 16 points per game. Allen has moved into third on the school’s all-time assists chart. And junior forward Jeff Hall, enjoying his best statistical season, is averaging 18 points per game while shooting 48 percent from three-point range, good for 15th in the country.
Swimming & diving (men)
Emory is positioned for another top finish at the NCAA championships, just like the last five years. Through the fall, the Eagles amassed 42 individual qualifying performances for the Div. III national championships. Among the notable qualifiers were senior Chris Halstead (100-yard backstroke), junior Brandon Burke (400-yard individual medley) and junior Justin Hake (100-yard butterfly), all of whom posted the fastest times in the nation in their respective events. Also in the top three nationally were sophomore Tim Newton (second in the 500-yard freestyle) and freshman Nick Lake (second in the 1,650-yard freestyle).
Swimming & diving (women)
Similar to their male counterparts, last fall the Emory women amassed 56 individual qualifying performances for the Div. III nationals. Most impressively, the Eagles boasted the top three qualifiers in the nation in the 400-yard individual medley. They were, in order, junior Holly Hinz, sophomore Alexis Smith and junior Karyn Henderson. Other notable qualifiers included senior Leigh Campbell, the second-fastest qualifier in the nation in the 1,650 freestyle; senior Hillary Lane, second-fastest in the 50 freestyle; and junior Suzanna Zifkin, third-fastest nationally in both the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events.
Three of the five Emory sports qualified as a team or were selected for their respective NCAA national championships: The volleyball squad advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals before ending its season with a 31–10 record; women’s soccer won the UAA championship to automatically qualify for nationals, where they were eliminated in the round of 32 in overtime by No. 10 Lynchburg (Va.); men’s cross country won the NCAA regional championship for the sixth consecutive year and placed 21st at nationals; women’s cross country saw its streak of consecutive NCAA regional titles end at 13, but the team did qualify sophomore Amy DiBianca for the national meet; men’s soccer rose as high as No. 3 in the nation before injuries took a toll, and the team fell one win shy of the UAA title and an automatic NCAA berth.
Both Emory soccer teams received a Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, presented to teams with cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher for the past school year. The men had a 3.33 GPA, eighth highest in the nation among 73 men’s teams honored in NCAA Divs. I, II and III, and NAIA and JUCO for the 2003–04 school year. The Emory women had a 3.51 GPA, 14th highest in the nation among the 291 women’s teams honored.
For more on Emory varsity atheltics, visit www.go.emory.edu.
John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.