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March 7, 2005
Swimmers, divers take 7th straight UAA titles
John Arenberg is Emory sports information director
For the seventh consecutive year, Emory swept the men’s and women’s team titles at the University Athletic Association (UAA) swimming and diving championships, held Feb. 10–12. Both teams were ranked in the top three nationally by CollegeSwimming.com and now are headed to their respective NCAA Div. III national championships in mid-March.
Fifteen men’s swimmers received all-UAA honors. In the finals, the men earned three automatic qualifications for nationals, along with 16 provisional qualifications. Junior Michael Klein won the one-meter and three-meter diving events, marking the second time in Emory history an individual has won both events in the same championship, and helping Klein earn the title of UAA men’s Diver of the Year.
The Eagle women finished with nine automatic qualifying times for nationals and 22 provisional times. In all, Emory posted nine conference champions—six individual and three relay—and 14 women made the all-conference team.
En route to becoming conference champions, seniors Hillary Lane and Leigh Campbell both posted automatic qualifying times for nationals. Lane won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events, setting a conference record for the 50-free with a time of 23.95 seconds. Campbell won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a conference-record time of 17:07.70. Over their careers, Lane and Campbell notched 15 and eight conference titles, respectively.
Emory finished with a 15–10 record, the most wins since 1989–90 when the Eagles were 25-4. The team finished in style with a season-high 102 points in a conference win against Case Western Reserve (Ohio), Feb. 26, marking the ninth consecutive year Emory has ended its season with a win. Senior Chase Fawsett tied his career high with 35 points in the game, setting school records for most points in a season finale, home finale and senior finale. He subsequently was voted to the all-conference first team, becoming the second person in school history to receive that honor three times. The other was Tim Garrett (1986–89), a first team All-American.
In a season of ups and downs, the Eagles can look back fondly on beating then-No. 3 Brandeis (Mass.) on Jan. 23. The victory was Emory’s first against a top-three team since 1997. Junior Beth Bergmann made the all-UAA second team; last season, she received honorable mention. Bergmann set a school record for free throws made in a season and posted the sixth-highest season total for three-pointers. Emory finished with the team’s third-highest three-point total in school history.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD (MEN)
Emory finished sixth at the UAA indoor championships,
Feb. 25–26, ending a streak of five consecutive years in first or second place. The Eagles had three all-conference (top three finish) performances. Sophomore Rob Leventhal won the 800-meter run with a career-best time of 1:53.74, the third-fastest time in school history, provisionally qualifying him for nationals (March 11–12). Leventhal’s time was the 12th fastest in the nation this season. The distance relay team of Leventhal, Kile Krol, Naoki Murai and Owen Farcy broke a school record with a time of 10:16.68.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD (WOMEN)
Emory finished second at the UAA championships (the ninth time in 18 years Emory has finished in first or second place), breaking two school records and posting six all-conference performances (top three finish). Senior Angela Davie provisionally qualified for nationals in the mile with a school-record time of 5:05.03. She finished in first place, earning all-conference honors. Other all-conference performers were Dorothy Boone (5,000-meter run), Caroline Hagedorn (5,000-meter), Julia Morton (800-meter), Jane Ukandu (200-meter) and Emily Watts (55-meter).
The women’s soccer team was one of seven in the nation from all collegiate divisions to receive the highest award for sportsmanship from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Eagles were honored with the NSCAA Gold Team Ethics Award, which goes to any men’s or women’s team that receives no yellow or red cards all season. Of the seven schools honored, Emory was the only one to qualify for the NCAA national tournament and one of two to post a winning record.
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