Emory tops Birmingham-Southern on Both Sides

The Eagles went head to head with Birmingham-Southern on Saturday and both the men and women came out on top. As the first intercollegiate meet of the season, the Eagles beat the Panthers 135-106, with the women triumphing 150-93. To make a good meet even better, it was Family Weekend at Emory, and the Eagles’ men and women had plenty of family up in the stands to cheer them to victory!


And there was a lot to be celebrating in the meet itself as well. The women won every single event on their way to the top. Emory junior McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg took three events individually as well as earning herself an NCAA “B” cut in her 200 butterfly, which she won in 2:07.97. Additionally, Newsum-Schoenberg also won the 200 freestyle (1:55.74) and the 100 butterfly (58.52.) Both her 200s are the top times in Division III in those events at this time.


For the freshmen class, this was a strong meet. Annelise Kowalsky was first in both the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 1:06.32, and the 200 individual medley at 2:06.96. That IM time also puts her at the top of the list of IMers so far this season, although it is still early. Classmates Marissa Bergh and Claire Liu had individual event wins in the 1000 freestyle (10:53.11) and 50 freestyle (24.44) respectively, while junior Nancy Larson took the 100 freestyle in 52.85 seconds. Sophomore Mikayla Carnley triumphed in the 200 backstroke (209.57) as classmate Ellie Thompson won the 100 backstroke (58.34), and seniors Courtney McDermott and Kylie McKenzie won  the 500 (5:15.00) and 200 breaststroke (2:24.65), correspondingly. Senior Sarah Greene triumphed in both diving events, taking the three-meter with 275.78, and 276.98 on one-meter.


The Eagle women finished the meet with a victorious 200 freestyle relay consisting of Liu, sophomore MackKenzie Brosnahan, Thompson and Kowalsky. They finished in 1:37.91.


At the men’s meet, senior Ross Spock led the way in the 11 event wins by Emory. Spock won two individual events, taking the 50 freestyle in 20.99 and the 200 backstroke in 1:55.30. He also contributed his speed to the anchor leg of the Eagles’ winning 200 freestyle relay (1:24.74), aided by junior David Zander, sophomore Matt Kuhlik and fellow senior Jake Stephens.


Brother Eagles junior Hayden Baker and freshman Christian  Baker also contributed two event wins apiece. The elder took both the 100 butterfly (51.64) and the 200 butterfly (1:57.24), whilst the younger triumphed in the 100 backstroke (54.08) and 500 freestyle (4:46.37). Sophomore Andrew Wilson came within .04 seconds of an NCAA “B” cut time in winning the 100 breaststroke, swimming a 57.85. Matt Wu won the 1000 freestyle with a career best of 8:58.98, Stephens added his own victory in the 200 individual medley (1:56.60) and senior Ryan Bass took the 100 freestyle in 47.57.

For complete meet results, click here. 

The Eagles return to the water Friday, November 8th as Emory hosts the Savannah College of Art & Design.


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10 years ago

Way to go Eagles! Keep swimming hard and good things will happen come March in Indy!

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Hannah Saiz fell into a pool at age eleven and hasn't climbed out since. She attended Kenyon College, won an individual national title in the 2013 NCAA 200 butterfly, and post-graduation has seen no reason to exit the natatorium. Her quest for continued chlorine over-exposure has taken her to Wisconsin …

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