Emory Report
July 10, 2006
Volume 58, Number 34


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July 10 , 2006
Student athletes win records, scholarships

BY Steve Feit

Four Emory student-athletes have been named recipients of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. They are: swimmers Samantha White of Silver Spring, Md., and Justin Hake of Red Wing, Minn.; tennis player Jesse Ferlianto of Canyon Country, Calif.; and baseball player Justin Gordon of Pittsburgh, Pa.

The 2006 NCAA Division III National Champion in both the 500-yard freestyle and 1650-yard freestyle, White won four career national championship titles and earned 13 All-America team honors. She was named the 2006 University Athletic Association (UAA) Female Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual events at the conference championships. She graduated with school records in the 500-yard freestyle, 1650-yard freestyle and 800-yard freestyle relay. In addition, she swam on the UAA record-breaking 800-yard freestyle relay, and led Emory to its first two NCAA national team championships. The neuroscience and behavioral biology major graduated with a 3.97 grade point average (GPA). In addition to the scholarship, White also was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Team.

Hake won the 2006 NCAA Division III national championship in the 100-yard butterfly. During his swimming career, he won two national championships and an Emory record 17 All-America honors. He is the Emory record holder in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay. An English major, Hake graduated with a 3.50 GPA.

Ferlianto was co-captain of the NCAA Division III National Champion men’s tennis team. He was perfect both on the court and in the classroom, posting an 18-0 record at No. 5 singles and a 4.0 GPA as a business administration and economics major. He was named to the All-UAA First Team for both singles and doubles. He ended his Emory career as the school’s all-time leader in singles winning percentage at .877. Ferlianto also earned CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors.

Gordon held down second base duties for the UAA champion Emory baseball team. A speedy team catalyst, Gordon hit .350 while racking up 14 extra base hits and 12 stolen bases. As co-captain, he helped the Eagles advance to the postseason in the NCAA South Region Tournament. Gordon earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, graduating with a 3.91 GPA. He was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team.

Since 2000, Emory has amassed the most NCAA Postgraduate Scholars of any college in the United States.
In the history of the award, a total of 53 Emory student-athletes have earned the distinction.