Emory National Championship Teams

 

 

1996 Women's Tennis | 2003 Men's Tennis | 2003 Women's Tennis | 2004 Women's Tennis
2005 Women's Swimming & Diving | 2005 Women's Tennis | 2006 Men's Tennis
2006 Women's Swimming & Diving | 2006 Women's Tennis | 2008 Volleyball
2010 Women's Swimming & Diving | 2011 Women's Swimming & Diving | 2012 Women's Swimming & Diving
2012 Men's Tennis | 2013 Women's Swimming & Diving | 2014 Women's Swimming & Diving | 2014 Women's Tennis | 2015 Women's Swimming & Diving | 2016 Women's Swimming & Diving | 2016 Women's Tennis 


1996 Women's Tennis

 

Emory University's women's tennis team won the school's first NCAA Division III national team championship in any varsity sport May 7-14 in Kalamazoo, Mich.  Members of the national championship team, coached by Cathy Benton, are:

Name                           Year                Hometown                           High School
Megan Bern                Junior              Pittsford, N.Y.                     Mendon High School
Katie Kirschbaum       Freshman         St. Paul, Minn.                     St. Paul Academy & Summit School
Stefanie Leshaw         Freshman         Del Mar, Calif.                     The Bishops School
Jessica Levy                Senior              Atlanta                                 Lakeside High School
Adrian Poole               Junior              Atlanta                                 The Westminster Schools
Amy Smith                  Senior              Altamonte Springs, Fla.       Lyman High School
Kristin Wesoloski        Junior              Cornelius, N.C.                    The Hotchkiss School (Conn.)

The Eagles continued their success in the NCAA individual championship tournaments, as Jessica Levy, Amy Smith, and Megan Bern became the first Emory trio to achieve All-America status in the same season.  Levy earned the honor by advancing to the quarterfinals of the singles championship, while Smith and Bern advanced to the semifinals of the doubles championship. 

The Eagles, the tournament's third seed, came from behind to upset No. 1-seeded defending national champion Kenyon College (Ohio), 5-4, in the semifinals on their way to the championship.  In the Kenyon match, Emory's No. 2 doubles team of Levy and Stefanie Leshaw trailed 7-2 in games and 40-15 in points, yet rallied to win, 9-7.  Emory still trailed Kenyon 4-3, when Katie Kirschbaum and Kristin Wesoloski each won three-set singles matches to deliver the Eagle victory.  Kirschbaum saved six match points on her way to a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), victory.

The Emory squad cruised past fourth-seeded and previously unbeaten Washington & Lee University (Va.), 5-1, in the championship finals.  Adrian Poole won the title-clinching match at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 7-5.

Emory's team championship capped the Eagles' most successful season ever.  The team's record of 20-3 included a spotless 20-0 mark against fellow NCAA Division III schools, highlighted by five regular-season victories over NCAA tournament teams.

NCAA Division III National Championships
TEAM:
First Round:       Emory (3) def. Skidmore (N.Y.), 5-3
Quarterfinals:     Emory (3) def. (6) Amherst (Mass.), 5-3
Semifinals:         Emory (3) def. (1) Kenyon (Ohio), 5-4
Finals:                 Emory (3) def. (4) Washington & Lee (Va.), 5-1 


2003 Men's Tennis

 

Emory University won its first national men's tennis championship with a 4-0 victory over Williams College (Mass.), the two-time defending national champion, in the finals.  The victory avenged a 4-3 loss for the Eagles to Williams in last season's NCAA Division III national championship match.

In the championship match, senior Bradley Jaffe, who lost a heartbreaking three-set match in last year's finals at No. 6 singles, won the championship-clinching match for the Eagles this year at No. 3 singles.  Jaffe, one of two seniors competing for Emory at the national championships, won the first set 7-5 and the second set 6-3 to kick off the Emory celebration.

Head Coach John Browning becomes the fourth person in NCAA history to win the national championship, in any division, as both a player and a coach.  Browning won as a player at California-Santa Cruz in 1989.

This is the 12th consecutive year that Emory finished in the top eight at the NCAA championships, and the 14th consecutive year the Eagles were selected to participate in the NCAA championships.  Emory was national runner-up in 1996 and 2002.

The Eagles were No. 1 in the final national rankings compiled by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Three Emory players, all sophomores, were accorded All-America honors by the ITA. For the second consecutive year, Mark Odgers attained All-America status in both singles and doubles. Tyson Ramsay earned the honor in singles and Alex Jacobs did so in doubles as Odgers' partner.  This is the first time in school history the team has earned four All-America certificates in consecutive years.

The Eagles won the University Athletic Association championship for the 14th consecutive year and 15th time in the conference's 16-year history. Emory collected four of the six singles spots and two of the three doubles spots on the all-conference first team.

Emory compiled a 16-4 overall record in dual matches, good for a .800 winning percentage, second best in school history and the best since 1977. Against NCAA Division III competition, the Eagles were 15-1 (.938 winning percentage). 

NCAA Division III National Championships (Team)
Round of 16:               Emory def. Rhodes (Tenn.), 7-0
Quarterfinals:              Emory def. Trinity (Texas), 6-1
Semifinals:                  Emory def. Middlebury (Vt.), 4-1
Finals:                          Emory def. Williams (Mass.), 4-0




2003 Women's Tennis

(May 16, 2003) Top-seeded Emory University won its second NCAA Division III national championship in school history with a 5-1 victory against Washington & Lee University (Va.). The Eagles also won the NCAA crown in 1996 against the same school by the same score.

The team's lone senior, Emily Warburg, clinched the championship point at No. 6 singles in a second-set tie-breaker, 6-2, 7-6 (3). Emory also won at No. 1 and 2 singles and No. 2 and 3 doubles.

Mary Ellen Gordon, ranked No. 1 in the nation, was a 6-4, 6-2 winner in singles against an opponent ranked ninth nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Jolyn Taylor, ranked No. 3 in the nation, was a 6-2, 6-0 winner against an opponent ranked No. 6 by the ITA.

Gordon and Taylor, the No. 2 nationally ranked doubles tandem, were 8-4 losers to the ITA's national No. 1 ranked doubles team. Emory's No. 2 doubles pair of Margaret Moscato and Warburg won 8-4, while its No. 3 doubles duo of Jamie Chan and Shannon Lovett won 8-6.

Emory finishes the season with a 24-1 dual-match record, losing only to a nationally ranked Division II school.

Emory was 19-0 against Division III teams. In those 19 dual matches, only twice did an opponent win more than one point.

Emory was 16-0 against nationally ranked Division III teams and 11-0 against national top-10 Division III.

Emory Coach Amy Smith becomes the fifth person ever to win an NCAA team championship, in any division, as a player and coach. She is the first female to achieve this feat and the second to do so at the same school. Smith played No. 1 singles for Emory when it captured the 1996 national crown.

 


2004 Women's Tennis

(May 14, 2004) Emory University became the second team in NCAA Division III history to win back-to-back national championships. The Eagles won 5-0 in the championship match today against Amherst College (Mass.).

Emory is the first school in Division III history to make three consecutive appearances in the finals of the NCAA team championship. The Eagles won the title in 2003 and were second in 2002.

For the second year in a row, Emory finishes with a perfect 19-0 record against Division III competition. In the last four seasons combined, the Eagles are 69-3 against Division III schools.

Overall, the team was 24-1 this season, losing only to a team ranked No. 1 in the nation in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). Emory had eight wins against national top-10 Division III teams and 16 wins against national top-20 Division III teams.

In its four NCAA national tournament matches, Emory did not lose a single point, winning by a combined score of 24-0 while beating four national top-20 teams.

In the round of 16, the Eagles beat Rhodes (Tenn.), 7-0. In the quarterfinals, they beat Redlands (Calif.), 7-0. In the semifinals, Emory knocked off Washington & Lee (Va.), 5-0.

This is the third national title for Emory in women's tennis. Coach Amy Smith has had a hand in all three titles. She played No. 1 singles on Emory's 1996 national champion team and has coached the team to national titles the last two years.





 2005 Women's Swimming & Diving

(March 12, 2005) Emory University snared its first NCAA Division III national team championship. Emory finished ahead of second-place Kenyon College (Ohio), champions for 20 of the last 21 years. Prior to this year, Emory had a total of 14 top-10 national team finishes, including second place last year.

Emory had 13 individuals earn All-America honors, amassing 33 All-America certificates. Emory had the largest squad, 18 competitors, at the meet and each person scored points by finishing in the top 16 in their events. Top point scorer for Emory was Samantha White with 61 points, accounting for 15 percent of the team's total.

On the final day, Emory had four individuals and one relay team earn All-America honors.

Samantha White and Leigh Campbell placed second and fourth, respectively, in the 1650-yard freestyle event. White has one previous All-America honor for the 1650-yard freestyle.

White's time of 17 minutes and 3.80 seconds in the 1650-yard freestyle event makes her the fourth-fastest individual in Emory history, while Campbell is the fifth fastest. Campbell is the first individual in Emory history to earn All-America honors in the same individual event all four years.

White finishes this year's nationals with four All-America honor awards and the national titile in the 500-yard freestyle event. She is the third Emory swimmer ever to earn All-America honors in at least three individual events in one meet in consecutive years.

White has a total of nine All-America awards for her career. This is the ninth highest total in school history.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Sarah Gardiner earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish. This is the second All-America honor in her career. Gardiner is the third-fastest individual in school history in the 200 backstroke.

Dana Inserra earned All-America honors with a fifth place finish in the 200-yard butterfly event. Inserra holds the second-fastest time in this event in school history.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hillary Lane, Sarah Nicholson, Inserra, and Jamie Lawler, concluded Emory's competition by earning All-America honors for finishing in seventh place.

Emory had five individuals earn All-America honorable mention. Holly Hinz and Kelly Riesterer in the 1650-yard freestyle, Lane in the 100-yard freestyle, Julia Mavrodin in the 200-yard breaststroke, and Suzanna Zifkin in the 200-yard butterfly.

Emory head coach Jon Howell received the national swimming Coach of the Year award. Since Howell took over at the start of the 1998-99 season, his Emory teams have finished, in sequence, 12th, seventh, fourth, third, third (again), second, and first at the NCAA national championships.

 




2005 Women's Tennis

 

(May 20, 2005) Emory University won its third consecutive NCAA Division III national championship with a 5-3 win against previously unbeaten and top-seeded Washington & Lee University (Va.).



 

Emory becomes the first Division III school ever to win three consecutive national women's team titles. The feat has been accomplished once in Division I and three times in Division II.

This is Emory's fourth national championship overall, tying a Division III record it shares with California-San Diego, who later switched affiliation to NCAA Division II. Emory won its first national title in 1996. The Eagles also tie UC-San Diego for the record for most wins all-time (30) in the NCAA Division III team championship.

Emory Coach Amy Smith has had a hand in all four national titles. She coached the last three championships and played No. 1 singles for the 1996 national champions. Smith holds the distinction of being the first female, in any NCAA division, to win the national team title as a player and coach.

Emory replaced three of its six singles players from the team that won the national title last season. All three replacements were freshmen.

Freshman Indu Anand was a perfect 6-0 in singles and doubles combined this week in the NCAA tournament. She recorded the clinching point in the semifinal win against Amherst (Mass.). She did not drop a set in any of her singles matches.

Jamie Chan also was undefeated this week, going 6-0 in singles and doubles. Chan did not drop a set and only lost 10 games combined in three singles matches against the No. 2, 3, and 10 ranked teams in the nation. She clinched the deciding point in Emory's close 5-3 win against Rhodes (Tenn.) in the round of 16.

Today, Emory won two of the three doubles matches, including a 9-8 (3) win by the No. 1 doubles duo of Carina Alberelli and Chan.

Anand and Chan won their singles matches to put Emory within a point of the national title. The championship point was delivered by sophomore Richelle Marasigan, who won at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

This is the third time Emory has beaten Washington & Lee in the NCAA finals. The other two were 1996 and 2003. The last time the national finals were held in Kalamazoo, site of this year's tournament, was 1996 when Emory beat W&L for the title.

Emory finishes with a 20-3 record, its third consecutive 20-win season, fifth in school history. The others were 1996 and 1997.

Emory was 13-1 this season against national top-25 teams in Division III. Its only loss was 5-4 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), the No. 11 team in the nation March 27. That came at the end of a stretch of five matches in four days against national top-20 teams, one in which Emory rested one of its regular singles players and had three players slotted higher than usual in the singles lineup.

Emory graduates two seniors, Alberelli and Lindsay Tiemeyer. Alberelli competes in the NCAA individual championships starting Saturday. Tiemeyer was 7-1 at No. 3 doubles with Anand this season, including a perfect 3-0 this week.

 




2006 Men's Tennis

(May 19, 2006) - The second-ranked Emory men's tennis team claimed the program's second national championship with a 4-1 come-from-behind victory over Middlebury College (Vt.). The Eagles won four singles matches after dropping the doubles point to claim the national title for the first time since 2003.

The match opened with fourth-ranked Middlebury winning the doubles point after taking two of three matches. Ari Beilin and Alex Scott defeated Michael Goodwin and Yoji Masuoka 8-3 at No. 1 doubles before Salih Unsal and Brian Waldron defeated Patrick Redmond and Michael Kaufman at No. 3 doubles 8-5.

The match between Hardy Ehlers/Jesse Ferlianto and Kevin Bergesen/Nathan Edmunds at No. 2 doubles was not finished.

The Eagles stormed back in singles play, winning four of the six matches. Three of the contests were won in straight sets.

Masuoka dominated his match with Edmunds, dropping only one set while cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles.Goodwin made it 2-1 after defeating Waldron 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.

The 3-1 lead came when Kaufman won a three-set match against Scott at the No. 6 position. After dropping the first set 6-2, he came back to win 6-4, 6-1.

Redmond sealed the championship with his straight set win over Beilin. After winning the first set 6-0, Redmond grabbed a quick 5-0 lead only to see Beilin win four straight sets to cut the lead to 5-4. Redmond then took the final set to give the Eagles the win.

Emory ends the season with a record of 22-3. This marked the school's second national championship of the 2005-06 school year after the women's swimming and diving team won its second consecutive title.





2006 Women's Swimming & Diving

(March 11, 2006) - The Emory women's swimming and diving team made it two years in a row, winning back-to-back national championships.  The Eagles finished the meet with 428 points, edging rival Kenyon College who finished with 418 points.

The blue and gold opened the meet in style, with senior Sam White winning her second national championship of the season and fourth of her outstanding career.  She won the 1650 yard freestyle in a time of 16:56.72 for 20 points.

Finishing second was senior Holly Hinz with a 16.59.70 for 17 points.  Freshman Kate Gunning was ninth at 17:17.92 for nine points, while senior Suzanna Zifkin was 13th at 17:26.75 for four points.

In the 200 yard backstroke freshman Tess Pasternak finished second, touching the wall at 2:03.04 for 17 points.  Senior Sarah Gardiner claimed seventh with a time of 2:06.33 for 12 points.

In the consolation final, junior Jamie Lawler was 15th at 2:08.84 for two points and freshman Sarah Axtell was 16th at 2:09.97 for one point.

Junior Ali Smith took sixth in the 200 yard breaststroke, adding 13 points to the team total with a time of 2:32.62.  Sophomore Ellen Flader was 10th in the consolation final for five points with a time of 2:24.57.

In the 100 yard freestyle, freshman Sara Hostalet took 16th place after finishing with a 53.90, scoring one point.

Gardiner and Zifkin each competed in the consolation final of the 200 yard butterfly, finishing 14th and 16th, respectively.  Gardiner scored two points with a 2:08.77 and Zifkin tallied one point with a 2:10.43.

The final event of the evening, the 400 yard freestyle, saw Emory wrap up its second consecutive title with a 12th-place finish in the consolation final.  The relay team consisted of Hinz, freshman Lyle Holmes, Hostalet and Lawler finished in a time of 3:32.95.

 



2006 Women's Tennis

(May 19, 2006) The dynasty continues. The Emory women's tennis team won their fourth consecutive NCAA Division III national championship on Friday when they beat top-ranked Washington & Lee University (Va.) by a score of 5-1.

The national championship is the program's fifth overall, with titles coming in 1996 and 2003 to present. It was also Emory's second championship of the day. Earlier on Friday the men's team claimed the championship. This marked the second time in school history both squads have won national championships in the same year (2003).

The Eagles' started the match off strong by winning all three doubles points. Samantha Shapiro and Cristina Arellano got things going at No. 3 doubles with a win over Rebecca Timmis and Leah Weston 8-2. Jamie Chan and Indu Anand responded with a win at the two position over Katie Tabb and Ginny Wortham 8-6.

Linda Tien and Richelle Marasigan completed the sweep with a grueling 9-7 win over Emily Applegate and Kristen McClung at No. 1.

After a long rain delay, singles play began with W&L picking up their lone win when Applegate defeated Marasigan 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, cutting the lead to 3-1.

From there the Eagles got straight set wins from Arellano and Tien. Arellano defeated Kelly Will at No. 6 6-1, 6-2, while Tien took down Tabb 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

Matches not completed were Chan-Wortham at No. 3, Anand-McClung at No. 4 and Shapiro-Weston at No. 5.

With the win, Emory finishes the year 19-6 overall.

 




2008 Volleyball

(November 22, 2008) - The Emory volleyball team capped off its storybook season Saturday evening with a 3-1 win over the University of  La Verne in the title match of the NCAA Division III National championship.  The Eagles closed out their year with a 35-6 record following the 16-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 win over the No. 4-ranked Leopards who finished out the campaign with a 27-3 won-lost ledger.  The match was held at the Shirk Center on the Illinois Wesleyan campus in Bloomington, Illinois.

Emory hit 28.1 percent in the match (56-20-128) while La Verne posted a 22.4 attack percentage (47-19-125).  Each team totaled 47 digs while the Eagles finished with a 7-5 edge in total blocks. 

Emory had a number of players produce outstanding matches.  Senior middle Dani Huffman led a balanced offensive attack with 13 kills while finishing the contest with a 36.0 hitting percentage (13-4-25) along with four blocks.   Huffman registered four digs, perhaps none more important than one she came up with in the decisive fourth set that fell into the La Verne side of the court resulting in a kill and giving Emory a 21-20 lead.  Sophomore Amelia McCall banged away to the tune of 12 kills while senior Maggie Baird and freshman Alexandra Wright each came up with 11 put-aways. Freshman setter Natalie Schonefeld dished out 47 assists and sophomore Kelsey Krzyston and freshman Brannan O'Neill paced the defensive effort with 11 digs each. 

Emory stumbled out of the gate in the first game, hitting just 11.5 percent while La Verne countered with an impressive mark of 34.5 percent.  However, in games two and three, the Eagles' offense got untracked and hit 40.6 and 39.3 percent, respectively, in surging to a 2-1 lead in the match.  Holding a 19-18 margin in a hotly contested second game, the Eagles made the most of a pair of La Verne attack errors, along with a kill by Amelia McCall, to take a 22-18 advantage. The Leopards drew to within three points on a couple of occasions, but a pair of McCall terminations helped Emory seal that set.

Emory used a pair of kills by both McCall and Huffman in bolting to an 8-2 lead in the third game.  After the Leopards crept to within 11-9, a kill by Wright, combined with a pair of attack errors by La Verne and a service ace by Schonefeld boosted Emory's lead to 15-9.  The Eagles eventually built a 22-13 cushion en route to taking a 2-1 edge in the match.

La Verne led during the early stages in game four before a kill by Wright knotted the set at 9-9.  The teams battled back and forth and the game was tied on six occasions as the scored settled into an 18-18 deadlock.  Eventually, the Leopards went up by a 22-21 count but Emory closed out the contest with a 4-0 run, the winning point coming on a termination by Baird.

Huffman was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament after compiling 49 kills, a 31.4 hitting percentage and 19 total blocks.  Also garnering spots on the team were Schonefeld and Wright.

All-Tournament Team
Dani Huffman, Emory, "Most Outstanding Player"
Alexandra Wright, Emory
Natalie Schonefeld, Emory
Christa Jones, U. of LaVerne
Brianna Gonzales, U. of LaVerne
Liz Schnelle, Ohio Northern
Erin Albert, Juniata

 




2010 Women's Swimming & Diving

(March 20, 2010) - For the third time in the history of the Emory University swimming and diving program the Eagles are National Team Champions, as the Emory women finished first at the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

This is the third National Championship for the Emory women’s swimming and diving program.  The Eagles won National Championships in both 2005 and 2006.

It also marks the 11th Division III Championship in the history of Emory Athletics.  Besides the women’s swimming and diving team’s three, the women’s tennis team has won five, the men’s tennis team two, and the volleyball team one.

The Eagles finished the meet with 568.5 points scored, placing them well ahead of second-place Denison University (452 points) and third-place Williams College (367 points).

Sophomore Anne Culpepper earned the first individual National Championship of the meet for Emory, winning the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.74, the second-fastest in school history.  It is the first National Championship of Culpepper’s career and the 21st individual championship in the women’s program’s history.  She also becomes just the second Eagle ever to win the 200-yard backstroke, joining RachaelLeClair who won the event in 1989.

The Eagles also won their first-ever National Championship in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as Ruth WestbyLillian CiardelliAnn Wolber and Claire Pavlak won the event with a time of 3:22.44.  It was the fifth-career National Championship for Westby, third each for Ciardelli and Pavlak, and second for Wolber.

Sophomore Whitley Taylor also earned an all-America honor with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, while Tayrn Lushinksy finished ninth and Natty Chalermpalanupap 15th to earn all-America honorable mentions.

Junior Liz Horvat opened the evening session for Emory with a second-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, swimming a time of 16:52.01.  It was the third individual honor of the meet for Horvat, and 12th of her career.  Sophomore Anne Culpepper and junior Amy Minowitz claimed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the event to earn all-America honors as well, while freshman Theresa Gallagher claimed 14th to earn an all-America honorable mention.

Senior Ruth Westby capped off her career with a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.01 seconds.  With the all-America finish in the event, coupled with all-America finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, Westby became the first swimmer in Emory history to earn all-America honors in the same three individual events all four years of her career.

Senior Lillian Ciardelli would finish 11th, and freshman Ann Wolber 12th, to earn all-America honorable mentions in the 100-yard freestyle.

In the final individual event of the meet, Katie Mroz finished second with a time of 2:18.17 in the 200-yard breaststroke, and was followed closely by third-place finisher and teammate April Whitley.

In addition to National Championships in the 200-yard backstroke, the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Eagles finished the meet with 22 all-America honors and 12 all-America honorable mentions in individual events.  In the relays, the Eagles earned an additional five all-America honors, finishing no worse than fourth in any relay.

The meet also marks the end of a number of history Emory careers.  Ruth Westby added on another seven all-America honors to her resume during this year’s meet, and will graduate as the most decorated swimmer in Emory history with 27 all-America honors, one short of the maximum, in addition to five National Championships.  Lillian Ciardelli added five more all-America certificates this season to graduate with 15, the fourth-most in school history, in addition to three National Championships.




2011 Women's Swimming & Diving

(March 26, 2011) - The Emory University women capped off an incredible four day run at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, winning their second-consecutive National Championship.

It marks the fourth National Championship in the history of Emory's women's swimming and diving program, and the second time that the team has gone back-to-back.  The Eagles also won NCAA D-III Team Championships in both 2005 and 2006.

It is also the 12th NCAA Division III Team Championship in the history of Emory Athletics.  Besides the women's swimming and diving team's four, the women's tennis team has won five, the men's tennis team two, and the volleyball team one.

The Emory women ran away with the championship, scoring 614 points during the meet to finish well ahead of second-place Denison University (428 points) and third-place Williams College (382 points).  For his coaching efforts this season, Emory's Jon Howell was named the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, the fourth time he has received the honor.

Emory senior April Whitley capped off her fantastic meet with her fourth National Championship, winning the 200-yard breaststroke with a school-record time of 2:14.62.  With National Championships in both the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays, in addition to the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes, the senior matched Liz Horvat(2009) and former Eagle Julie Hogan (1985) for the most titles in a year.  Senior Katie Mroz (third place, 2:17.43) earned an all-America honor in the event, while juniorJennifer Aronoff (15th place, 2:21.84) claimed an honorable mention.

Meanwhile, Emory junior Anne Culpepper won the 200-yard backstroke during the final day, becoming the first Emory swimmer to repeat as National Champion in an individual event since Samantha White won the 500-yard freestyle in 2005 and 2006.  En route to winning the title, Culpepper set a school record in the event with a time of 1:58.62.

The Eagles also claimed a National Championship in the 400-yard freestyle relay for the second-straight year, as sophomore Ann Wolber, freshman Suzanne Lemberg, Culpepper, and junior Claire Pavlak won the event with a time of 3:22.39, also a program record.  It was the sixth National Championship of Pavlak's career, the most in the program's history.

Also earning all-America honors in the 200-yard backstroke were freshman Sadie Nennig (third place, 2:00.93), junior Whitley Taylor (fourth place, 2:01.44 in the preliminaries), and sophomore Taryn Lushinsky (eighth place, 2:02.35 in the preliminaries).  Sophomore Jacqueline Schneider (11th place, 2:02.12) added an honorable mention in the event.

Emory's Horvat opened the day with a second-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:44.27.  It gave Horvat her third individual all-America honor of the meet, and fourth overall.  The senior will end her collegiate career with 17 all-America certificates, including one in each of the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley, 1,650-yard freestyle and 800-yard freestyle relay in each of her four seasons.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Pavlak finished eighth with a time of 50.50 seconds in the preliminaries to earn an all-America honor, while Wolber claimed an honorable mention with a ninth-place finish after notching a time of 51.02 seconds in the preliminaries.

Emory won six National Championships during the meet (three in individual events and three in relays), besting the previous school record of five titles, set in 2009.  The Emory women's swimming and diving team has now compiled 32 National Championships, 25 in individual events and seven in relays.  Emory added on 28 all-America certificates during the meet and 19 all-America honorable mention finishes.




2012 Women's Swimming & Diving

(March 24, 2012) - The Emory University women's swimming and diving team claimed its third-consecutive NCAA Title and fifth overall in the program's history, with another dominating performance during the 2012 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Emory has now won the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championship in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012.  This year's title marks the 13th in the history of the Emory Athletics program.  Along with the five from the swimming and diving team, women's tennis has won five, men's tennis two and volleyball one.

The Eagles accumulated 639 points during the four days of the meet, the most ever by an Emory squad at the NCAA Championships.  The Eagles bested second-place Williams College (453 points) and third-place Denison University (420 points).

The highlight of the final day was Sadie Nennig's individual victory in the 200-yard backstroke, as the sophomore became the third-straight Eagle to win the event after senior Anne Culpepper had won it in each of the previous two seasons.  Nennig won the event with a time of 1:58.86 to claim her first career individual National Championship. 

The title was the first in an individual event during the meet by an Eagle and 25th individual National Championship in the program's history.  It was Nennig's first career individual title, and the fourth total National Title in her career.

Emory also defended its title in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as sophomore Renee Rosenkranz, junior Anna Dobben,freshman Nancy Larson and senior Claire Pavlakwon the event with a school-record time of 3:22.02, besting their time from last year's championship meet.  The Eagles have now won the event at Nationals in each of the last three seasons.

It was the 35th National Championship overall for Emory, 11 of which have come in relay events.  Pavlak capped off her Emory career with nine Championships, four more than any other swimmer in the program's history.

Also on the final day, Culpepper finished fourth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.11, and junior Taryn Lushinsky finished fifth with a mark of 2:00.38, as each earned all-America certificates.  Senior Whitley Taylor finished 10th (2:01.83), and junior Jacqueline Schneider claimed 11th-place (2:02.25) to earn honorable mentions.

Two Eagles claimed all-America honors in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, as freshman McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg finished fifth with a time of 17:04.36, and sophomore Courtney McDermott claimed seventh place with a time of 17:09.20.

Emory was also well represented on the podium for the 100-yard freestyle, as Dobben finished third (50.52 seconds), Rosenkranz fourth (50.67 seconds) and Pavlak fifth (50.74).  Larson earned an all-America honorable mention, finishing 11th with a time of 51.23 seconds.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, junior Mia Michalak finished eighth with a time of 2:19.87 (including a mark of 2:19.53 in the preliminaries) to win an all-America certificate, her second of the meet.  Both freshman Megan Beach (10th, 2:19.71 in the prelims) and sophomore Brooke Woodward (11th, 2:20.42) finished with honorable mentions.

All together, Emory amassed 28 all-America honors (23 in individual events and five in relays) in addition to 17 honorable mention finishes.  Included in that group is Nennig's championship in the 200-yard backstroke, and titles in the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relays.

The meet concludes the 2012 season for the Emory Eagles.




2012 Men's Tennis

 



(May 23, 2012) - The Emory men's tennis  team earned the program's third national crown Wednesday afternoon as it rallied for a victory over Kenyon College in the title match of the Division III Men's Tennis Championships.  The 5-3 decision over the Lords closed out the Eagles' season record at 25-0 while Kenyon finished at 24-5.  The Division III Championships were held in Cary, North Carolina.

Emory dropped the first two points of the match as the Lords' Nos. 2 and 1 doubles teams each came away with 8-6 victories.  The Eagles then perhaps had their season saved when the No. 3 tandem of senior Dillon Pottish and freshman Brian Kowalskiscrapped to a 9-8 outcome against Paul Burgin and Kevin Ye, rallying from a 4-6 deficit in the tie-breaker en route to escaping with an 8-6 advantage in the breaker.   The outcome raised their spring mark to an unblemished 15-0.

Buoyed by the inspired play of it No. 3 doubles team, Emory tied the match when freshman Ian Wagner registered an impressive  6-1, 6-4 decision over C.J. Williams at No. 3 singles, his 21st victory in 24 decisions this spring.   The Lords regained the lead after the conclusion of No. 2 singles when Michael Razumovsky topped Chris Goodwin in straight sets.   Freshman Alex Ruderman knotted the contest at 3-3 after carving out a decisive 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Ye at six singles,  upping his spring record to 20-1 (18-1 at No. 6).   A little more than three and one-half hours into the match, the Eagles took their first lead of the day when Kowalski notched a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 verdict over Wade Heerboth.   With Pottish in the third set of his battle against Burgin at No. 1 singles and freshman Eric Halpern going up against Tim Rosensteel at No. 5, it was Halpern who sealed the  deal for the Eagles, assuring that the championship trophy would be heading back to Atlanta, with a 7-5, 7-5 win, his 20th in 22 outings this spring.

The team's final ledger of 25-0 marks the first time in school history that an Emory team had  compiled a perfect record.  The 2012 squad joins the 2003 and 2006 Emory teams who have come away with the national championship, all of which have come under the watch of 13th-year head coach John Browning. 


 2013 Women's Swimming & Diving

For the fourth-consecutive year and sixth time in the program's history, the Emory University Women's Swimming and Diving team has claimed the National Team Title, winning the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.

The women ran away with the meet on the final day, finishing with 619 points to best second-place Kenyon College (483 points) and third-place Denison University (363 points).

Emory has now claimed six NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and 15 overall in the history of Emory Athletics.  Women's Swimming and Diving's sixth title surpassed Women's Tennis (five) for the most in the program, while Men's Tennis has won three, and Volleyball one.

The Eagles saved the best for last in the meet, winning the National Championship in the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, in an NCAA Division III-record time of 3:21.28, besting the previous mark set by Denison in 2009 by an incredible .71 seconds.  It marked the second NCAA Championship of the meet for each of the four participants – senior Renee Rosenkranz, sophomore Nancy Larson, senior Ann Wolber and senior Anna Dobben – who won the Division III Title in the 200-yard freestyle relay on Thursday.

The win in the 400-yard freestyle relay gave the Eagles the 13th relay championship in the history of the women's program, and marked the fourth-straight year Emory has won the event.  Wolber will end her Emory career with six National Championships, while Rosenkranz and Dobben each have four, and Larson two.

Sophomore McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg started off the final night for Emory with an all-America finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, claiming sixth-place with a time of 16:58.71, while junior Courtney McDermott added a seventh-place finish in a time of 16:58.96.  Earning an all-America honorable mention was freshman Mikayla Carnley, who finished ninth with a time of 17:03.75.

Three additional Eagles added all-America honors in the 100-yard freestyle, with Dobben claiming fourth place (50.41 seconds in the preliminaries), Rosenkranz fifth (50.58 seconds in the preliminaries) and Larson sixth (50.89 seconds).

In the 200-yard backstroke, junior Sadie Nennig earned an all-America honor for the third-straight year, finishing fifth with a time of 1:59.21 in the preliminaries for her 11th career certificate.  Meanwhile, senior Taryn Lushinsky capped off her Emory career with her fifth all-America honor, finishing eighth after swimming a preliminary time of 2:00.04.

Emory also placed well in the 200-yard breaststroke, with five scorers in the event.  Included in the group were three all-Americans  - junior Kylie McKenzie in sixth place (2:16.61 preliminaries), sophomore Megan Beach in seventh place (2:18.37 preliminaries), and junior Brooke Woodward in eighth place (2:18.53 in the preliminaries) – and two honorable mentions – freshman Elizabeth Aronoff in ninth place (2:17.53) and senior Mia Michalak in 12th place (2:19.60).

The Emory women finished the meet with National Championships in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays, in addition to 26 individual all-America certificates, five relay all-America performances, and 15 individual honorable mention finishes.  Emory's men, who finished fifth in the men's standings, picked up a National Championship in the 200-yard butterfly from senior Miller Douglas, in addition to eight individual all-America honors, seven individual honorable mentions, four all-American relays, and one honorable mention relay.

 


2014 Women's Swimming & Diving

Emory University took home its fifth-consecutive NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championship and the seventh overall in the program's history in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday night.

The Emory women won the four-day championship meet with a final score of 595.5 points.  Kenyon College placed second with 456.5 points, while Johns Hopkins University finished in third with a team score of 387 points.

Emory has now claimed seven NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and 16 overall in the history of the Emory Athletics program.  Women's Tennis has recorded five team titles, while Men's Tennis has won three, and Volleyball one.

The Eagles were paced on the final day by sophomore Elizabeth Aronoff, who won the National Championship in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:14.37, breaking the previous school record of 2:14.62, set by former Eagle April Whitley at the 2011 NCAA Championships.  It was the 26th individual National Championship by an Eagle (to go along with 13 relay National Titles), and the first since senior Sadie Nennig won the 200-yard backstroke in 2012.  Aronoff joins Whitley (2011) and former Eagle Julie Hogan (1985) as the only Emory women's swimmers to win the event.

Aronoff had company on the podium from her teammates in the 200-yard breaststroke, as the Eagles swept the top-three spots in the event.  Junior Megan Beach claimed second with a time of 2:14.73, followed by freshman Annelise Kowalsky in third with a mark of 2:16.12.  Adding a sixth-place finish to claim an all-America honor in the event was senior Kylie McKenzie with a time of 2:16.99.

Senior Courtney McDermott added a second-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:43.79 her second individual all-America honor and third certificate overall of the meet.  Junior McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg claimed sixth in the event for her third individual all-America honor, while sophomore Carolyn Bonfield claimed an honorable mention, finishing 11th with a time of 17:06.75.

Junior Nancy Larson claimed an all-America honor in the 100-yard freestyle, her individual certificate of the week, finishing third with a time of 50.33 seconds.  Nennig rounded out Emory's individual swimming all-Americans with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:59.90 in the preliminaries, while sophomore Ellie Thompson won the consolation heat with a time of 2:00.82, earning an honorable mention.

Nennig finishes her Emory career with 17 all-America honors, tied with former Eagles Liz Horvat and Hillary Lane for the third-most in school history.  In addition, she has now earned all-America honors in the 200-yard backstroke all four years of her career, in addition to claiming the honor all four years in the 200-yard individual medley, and joins Tess Pasternak, Ruth Westby, Liz Horvat and Anne Culpepper as the only Eagles to accomplish the feat in multiple events.

In the three-meter dive, senior Sarah Greene earned the first all-America honor of her career, finishing eighth in the event after registering a score of 452.8- during the preliminaries.

Emory finished off the meet with a flourish, as the 400-yard freestyle relay team of junior Dana Holt, freshman Marissa Bergh, Newsum-Schoenberg, and Larson claimed third place with a time of 3:22.84.

All together, the Emory women earned nine individual all-America certificates, one relay all-America honor, and two honorable mentions, finishing the meet with a total of 23 individual all-America honors (including the National Championship from Aronoff), 17 individual honorable mentions, and all-America certificates in all five relays.

 




 

2014 Women's Tennis

The No. 1-ranked Emory women's tennis team captured the program's sixth national title this evening, defeating No. 2 Amherst in the finals of the NCAA Division III Championships in Claremont, California.  The Eagles captured their 16th consecutive match and upped their record to 28-2 following a 5-1 decision over the Jeffs who closed out their season at 22-4.

The title is the first for the Eagles since 2006 and joins the 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2005 squads as other Emory teams to win national crowns.  Emory's 28 victories represented a school season record and it fashioned a perfect 20-0 won-lost slate against Division III foes during the year.

Emory held a 2-1 lead after the doubles portion of the match with its No. 2 team of sophomore Bea Rosen and junior Rebecca Siegler quickly dispatching the Lord Jeffs' tandem of Jen Newman and Zoe Pangalos, 8-1.  Shortly after, the Eagles extended their advantage to 2-0 when the No. 3 tandem of senior Brenna Kelly and freshman Katarina Su dominated Safi Aly and Sarah Monteagudo, 8-3, for their eighth win in 10 decisions this year.  Amherst got on the board at first doubles when Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin handed senior Gabrielle Clark and freshman Michelle Satterfield just their second setback in 14 outings, holding on for an 8-5 victory after leading at one point in the match by a 7-2 count.

Freshman Melissa Goodman accounted for the first of the three singles points that Emory needed to clinch the match, coming through with a methodical 6-1, 6-2, triumph over Sue Ghosh, at No. 4, her 23rd victory against nine defeats on the season.  Clark boosted Emory to a 4-1 lead, and just one point shy of the title, after battling to a 6-1, 6-4, outcome against Brewer at the No. 1 spot.  Freshman Katarina Su then closed out the contest and nailed down the championship at six singles with a 6-2, 6-3, win over Monteagudo,  her 26th-straight singles win, and 28th in 29 outings this year.    The Nos. 2, 3 and 5 singles matches were in process when Su's match ended, and go in the books as unfinished.

 


 

2015 Women's Swimming & Diving

 

Emory University Women's Swimming and Diving extended its dynasty on Saturday night, claiming the team title at the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.

The championship is the sixth-straight for the Eagles, and the eighth overall in the program's history.  It marked the 18th Division III Championship in the history of the Emory Athletics program, with women's swimming and diving claiming titles in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, women's tennis winning championships in 1996, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2015, men's tennis earning NCAA Championships in 2003, 2006 and 2012, and volleyball winning the Division III Championship in 2008.

The Eagles finished the meet with 603 points to complete a dominant four-day stretch at the NCAA Championships.  Denison University finished in second with 457 points, while Williams College placed third with 434 points.

Emory claimed six more individual all-America finishes on the final day of the meet.  Three Eagles finished in the top-eight in the 200-yard breaststroke, led by juniorElizabeth Aronoff's second-place finish in a time of 2:15.71.  Sophomore Annelise Kowalsky added a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:16.30, while senior Megan Beach placed fifth with a mark of 2:17.16.

In the 200-yard freestyle, both senior Nancy Larson and sophomore Marissa Bergh earned all-America honors, with the former finishing fifth in a time of 50.64 seconds, and the latter tying for sixth with a mark of 50.83 seconds.  Junior Ellie Thompson added an All-America finish in the 200-yard backstroke, claiming fifth-place with a time of 2:00.27.

The Emory women also finished fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with freshman Julia Wawer, sophomore Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Larson and Bergh swimming a time of 3:23.06 in the finals.

Adding all-America honorable mentions for the Emory women on the final day were senior McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg (ninth, 16:58.27) and junior Carolyn Bonfield(13th, 17:11.66) in the 1,650-yard freestyle, Wawer in the 100-yard freestyle (10th, 51.01 seconds), freshman Cindy Cheng in the 200-yard backstroke (10th, 2:00.84 in the preliminaries), and freshman Megan Campbell in the 200-yard breaststroke (13th, 2:13.45 in the preliminaries).

The Eagles finished the 2015 NCAA Championships with titles in both the 200-yard butterfly from Newsum-Schoenberg and in the 400-yard medley relay from Thompson, Aronoff, senior Nina Zook and Larson.  Emory accumulated 26 individual and five relay all-America finishes, while totaling 14 individual all-America honorable mention certificates.

 


2016 Women's Swimming & Diving

For the seventh year in a row and the ninth time in program history, the Emory University Women's Swimming & Diving Team has been crowned National Champions! The Eagles won the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving title with 560 team points, 84 points ahead of second place Kenyon College who finished with 476.

It marks the 19th Division III Championship in the history of the Emory Athletics program, with women's swimming and diving claiming titles in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016, women's tennis winning championships in 1996, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2014, men's tennis earning NCAA Championships in 2003, 2006 and 2012, and volleyball winning the Division III Championship in 2008.

The Eagles had a NCAA Championship meet performance for the ages as the team tied a school record with six event national championships in a single NCAA Championship meet including a perfect 5-for-5 in the relay events, something that has never been accomplished before in school history. Emory also set two school record times and one Division III national record, had 24 All-America winners: 19 individuals and five relays and another 15 All-America Honorable Mention certificates. Head Coach Jon Howell was named the Collegiate Swimmers Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Women's Swimming Coach of the Year after the meet for the fifth time in his career.

In the final event on Saturday, the 400 Freestyle Relay team of freshmen Fiona MuirMeg Taylor and juniors Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Marissa Bergh swam a blistering 3:21.37 to seal the championship for Emory. Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Bergh assisted on four of the Eagles' five relay national championships meanwhile this marked the third for Muir and second for Taylor at the 2016 Championships.

Adding All-America honors for the Eagles on Saturday were sophomore Rebecca Upton in the 1,650 Freestyle (2nd, 16:39.90), Muir (2nd, 49.83 in the preliminaries) and Bergh (8th, 50.94 in the preliminaries) in the 100 Freestyle and senior Elizabeth Aronoff (4th, 2:15.75) and junior Annelise Kowalsky (5th, 2:16.57) in the 200 Breaststroke.

The Eagles tallied six All-America Honorable Mention winners as well on Saturday night. Sophomores Ming Ong (9th, 16:57.94) and Shelby Frugé (14th, 17:06.10) in the 1,650 Freestyle, Sanchez-Aizcorbe in the 100 Free (10th, 51.15), senior Ellie Thompson in the 200 Backstroke (10th, 1:59.74) and freshman Ashley Daniels (9th, 2:16.53) and sophomore Megan Campbell (13th, 2:19.76 in preliminaries) in the 200 Breaststroke.

 


2016 Women's Tennis

For the second time in the past three seasons and the seventh time in program history, the Emory University Women's Tennis team has captured the NCAA Division III National Championship!! The Eagles rallied for the 5-4 come-from-behind victory to defeat Williams College on Wednesday afternoon at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Emory Women's Tennis program has now won the National Championship in 1996, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2014 and now 2016. It marks the 20th Division III Championship in the history of the Emory Athletics program, joining the women's swimming and diving title teams of 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, men's tennis NCAA Championship teams in 2003, 2006 and 2012, and volleyball being crowned the 2008 Division III Champions.

Emory trailed Williams 4-3 in the match before senior Madison Gordon and junior Michelle Satterfield claimed the final two points to seal the title for the Eagles. Gordon earned a decisive 7-5, 6-0 victory for fifth singles point that tied the score at 4-4. Just moments later, Satterfield broke serve at 4-3 in the second set of her match to move in front 5-3 before closing it out for the 6-2, 6-3 decision to give Emory the championship.

The Eagles trailed 2-1 after doubles play as the Ephs took the first two doubles points from Emory. Paula Castro and Satterfield were able to salvage the final doubles point as the duo won six of the final seven games in the match for the 8-5 triumph on court three.

Castro opened singles action with a dominant showing for the Eagles at fourth singles over Julia Cancio, winning 6-3, 6-1, to tie the score at 2-2. Williams regained the lead at 3-2 as Linda Shin knocked off senior Beatrice Rosen 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 3 singles match. The teams went back to being deadlocked at three apiece as junior Katarina Suwon in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 on court no. 6.

The Ephs picked up their fourth match win as Juli Raventos handed sophomore Bridget Harding a 6-1, 6-2 defeat at first singles to put Williams back in front 4-3. But the outcome of the final two remaining matches swung in favor of the Eagles as Gordon erased an early first set deficit en route to her 22nd straight singles match victory with Satterfield following shortly after with a never in doubt triumph at second singles for the clincher.

Emory finishes the season with 28 wins, going 28-5 overall including a 22-1 mark against Division III opponents. The 28 victories ties the 2014 squad for the school record of most wins in a single season. Williams concludes its year with an overall record of 22-4 with two losses coming against the Eagles.