By Rupsha Basu
The second Dallas nurse to contract the Ebola virus — and the fourth patient that has been treated at Emory University Hospital (EUH) — is now free of the virus and is scheduled to be released after recovery, according to an Emory Healthcare announcement on Friday afternoon (Oct. 23).
The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, arrived at EUH on Oct. 15 at approximately 8:30 p.m. for treatment in the same isolation unit as Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol and a third unidentified patient.
As reported in an Aug. 29 Wheel article, Emory’s isolation unit is physically separate from the rest of the hospital community and is run by a team highly trained in specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat Ebola patients.
“Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases,” Associate Vice President of Communications Vince Dollard wrote in a July 31 all-Emory email.
The Wheel reported that Brantly and Writebol were released in late August. The third patient, unidentified for confidentiality reasons, was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 19 and posed “no public health threat,” according to an Oct. 19 University press release.
CBS News, National Public Radio (NPR) and other news media outlets reported on Friday afternoon that a statement released by Vinson’s family stated that she did not show signs of the virus before EUH had released a statement about her condition later that day.
“Officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] are no longer able to detect the virus in her body,” Vinson’s family said in the statement.
Vinson contracted the disease in Dallas while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the virus on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. EUH’s Friday statement only revealed that Vinson is “making good progress.”
“Emory University Hospital physicians, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are pleased to report that Amber Vinson is making good progress in her treatment for Ebola virus infection,” EUH’s statement reads. Tests no longer detect virus in her blood. She remains within Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit for continued supportive care. We do not have a discharge date at this time.”
According to Senior Communications Officer in the Office of University Media Relations Beverly Clark on behalf of the EUH Communications team, EUH does not have a statement regarding Vinson’s potential release date. Clark added that EUH will continue to care for Vinson.
These announcements coincided with the news that Nina Pham, the first nurse to contract the virus in Dallas, also showed no signs of the Ebola virus. Reports from Texas Presbyterian and health care officials indicated that Vinson and Pham contracted the virus due to lack of appropriate protective gear.
These reports were followed by a website EUH launched that outlines protocols for dealing with patients infected with Ebola.
According to the most recent World Health Organization numbers, the number of people infected has exceeded 10,000, and the virus has killed over close to 5,000 people.
Transmission of the virus comes from “direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person or exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions,” according to the CDC website on Ebola.
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By Julia Munslow
Antiquated, monotonous and boring: the often misleading reputation of poetry and everything that Black Dog proved contemporary poetry is not.
Emory’s literary journal The Pulse hosted Black Dog, Emory’s first undergraduate student reading series, at the Woodruff Library Courtyard last Friday (Oct. 24). Eight Emory undergraduate students shared their poetry, including members of Minds on Mic, Emory’s slam poetry team.
The outdoor space allowed poets and audience members alike to mill around the stone steps and grassy lawn together before the show, eating, talking and enjoying the fall weather.
Editor-in-Chief of The Pulse and College senior Dana Sokolowski was one of the creators of the Black Dog series. Sokolowski and co-founder of The Pulse senior Emily Gutierrez developed the reading series two years ago with help from former Creative Writing Fellow Harmony Neal.
Sokolowski explained that the trio wanted to give students a place to read their work, as well as to recognize talented individuals on campus by reaching out and asking them to share their poems, or other types of written work, through the reading series.
Minds on Mic team member and College senior Elliot Levy kicked off the evening with a candid and heartfelt poem about his father, delivering his piece with conviction and sincerity.
Levy, first inspired to try slam poetry by the documentary “Brave New Voices,” encouraged everyone to try going to slam poetry, stating, “People enjoy it and might not even know it.”
Slam poetry is a competitive form of performance poetry, traditionally judged by audience members on delivery as well as content.
College sophomores Maya Bradford and Jason Ehrenzeller followed Levy. Bradford presented a soft-spoken but powerful poem about La Llorona, a mythical woman who drowns her children in order to be with the man she loves, while Ehrenzeller shared three poems, including a work about being born with a heart defect.
Following Bradford and Ehrenzeller, College senior Eugene Ahn bounded up onstage and told the audience about his hopes for his future kids, infusing humor into a discussion of the difficulties of growing up LGBTQ, female or a person of color. His relaxed confidence and comfort onstage only added to his presentation of his poem.
College senior and Wheel Editorials Editor Rhett Henry and College sophomore Hilleary Gramling followed Ahn. Henry gave the audience a mini history lesson, sharing a poem about number stations, shortwave radio stations used during World War II. Gramling, though nervous during her first poem on breaking a vase, seemed to relax into her second and third poems, reading with poise and certainty.
After Henry and Gramling came College sophomore Caroline Schmidt, who confessed before the start of the series, “I’m trying to be more honest in my poems.”
Schmidt’s promise of increased candor in her work fell far from short. Schmidt used her poetry to paint candid images of her experiences, sharing poems about her mother, bulimia and making love on a sailboat.
Minds on Mic team member and College senior Philip Winkle closed out the series with a stunning and dynamic piece about first times and comets. His stage presence alone proved his experience with slam poetry, as his animated performance captivated the audience, who laughed and engaged in the poem.
Winkle cited poetry as “an outlet for people who are trying to express themselves,” affirming its importance to the arts.
Though all of the poets had distinctly different writing styles and stories to share, Black Dog created a space where each one fit.
“[Black Dog is] a way to get to know students in a different way, especially if you don’t read poetry,” Sokolowski said, encouraging all students to attend. “It builds community; it helps students feel what they’re doing is valid.”
Schmidt agreed with Sokolowski, stating, “I think [people] would find a lot of factors that they can identify with [at Black Dog].”
The audience’s enthusiastic and supportive responses to the poetry shared provided evidence that poetry holds the power to touch people of all backgrounds.
“[Poetry is] about expression, about this celebration of language,” explained Schmidt. “It doesn’t have to be unreadable.”
Despite USA Today naming Emory the number one school for aspiring writers, the event’s attendees explained that they felt Emory’s poetry scene today is not as strong as it had once been. Minds on Mic previously held regular open mics and readings, along with placing fifth in 2012 in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, a slam poetry competition with nearly 50 competing teams. Emory’s reading series, “What’s New in Poetry,” will end this December. Regardless of the many obstacles, the arts community is full of impassioned, supportive individuals who are determined to bring poetry back stronger than ever.
Levy and Winkle of Minds on Mic echoed Schmidt’s sentiments, encouraging intrigued students to reach out to them. They hope that everyone is simply aware of the slam team’s presence on campus.
“We’re coming back,” Levy asserted confidently.
Sokolowski encouraged budding writers, stating earnestly, “What we write is meant to be shared.”
Black Dog was funny, sobering, insightful and, above all, inspiring. For those who love poetry, Black Dog is the perfect stage to relax and listen to student poets. And for those who have never voluntarily read a poem in their life and despise the thought of listening to poetry for an hour, let Black Dog prove you otherwise.
The next Black Dog series will take place in November.
— By Julia Munslow, Staff Writer
Emory Greek organizations collaborated to host an interactive program on issues of dating abuse and sexual assault in White Hall yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 23.
The event, titled “Safe Smart Dating” hosted by Emory’s Sigma Delta Tau (SDT) sorority and Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity, was part of a broader program offered by the national chapter of SDT in partnership with Jewish Women International (JWI) and the national ZBT chapter.
Emory is the first university to host a full-length Safe Smart Dating program — until now, only three pilot programs had been tested at universities since the program’s launch last year.
Upon entering the auditorium, the event’s more than 100 participants were assigned to smaller, peer-led discussion groups.
Representatives from JWI and the ZBT national chapter led a presentation about different types of abuse found in college relationships and dealing with cases of assault.
After the facilitators explained a particular issue, participants split up into their small groups. The attendees were given news articles and hypothetical scenarios, as well as shown videos to spark discussions in the groups.
“It’s an engaging conversation that has [participants] not just listening to a lecture but has them actually participating in how you would address these situations,” National President of SDT Michelle Carlson said.
Another interactive feature of the program was the live-text surveys. Upon describing the different types of dating abuse, the presenters put up a poll asking attendees whether they had experienced any kind of dating abuse, and if so, what kind.
Participants could text in their responses anonymously and see how people in the room answered on the screen in real-time.
“It was really sobering to see the numbers in your own community as opposed to just random statistics,” College senior Jamie Shulman said. “I think it was really eye-opening for specifically Emory campus and what goes on here.”
College senior and President of Emory’s SDT chapter Lindsay Baker, worked with the national SDT chapter to bring the Safe Smart Dating program to campus. She said she felt there wasn’t enough engagement from the Emory community on issues of sexual assault.
“There’s not a lot of public things going on in response to sexual violence on campus, especially within the Greek community,” Baker said. “We wanted to really be the pioneers and do something about it instead of just sitting back.”
Carlson noted that the Safe Smart Dating program was unique in that it engages both men and women, and that this effort is coming from Greek organizations.
“There’s a lot of negative stereotypes about Greek men and Greek women,” Carlson explained. “We have an opportunity to be leaders in this area of domestic violence to work together and make a difference on college campuses.”
The program was also LGBT-friendly. The hypothetical scenarios discussed at the event deliberately used characters with gender-neutral names so that they could apply to all types of relationships.
“It is really inclusive of all types of relationships, in the sense that it’s not just your typical male-female relationship,” College senior and President of Emory’s ZBT chapter Sam Broida said. “It’s sort of an all-encompassing, overarching review of how to handle any kind of relationship.”
Drew Rizzo, health promotion specialist for Emory’s Respect program, and Catherine Petersen, an employee of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), were also on hand to provide counseling for any students who may have felt uncomfortable by any of the issues discussed in the program.
— By Harmeet Kaur, Digital Editor
The University is investigating a bias incident that allegedly occurred during an intramural (IM) flag football game between Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity and another group of Emory students on Monday, according to an Oct. 21 email from Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair.
The students involved were allegedly “subjected to behavior that violated [Emory] community principles of inclusivity, openness and respect,” Nair wrote.
According to Intramural Coordinator Ricky Talman, a student yelled “go back to India” to the opposing team. Talman added that IM sports stress the importance of diversity and inclusivity, and any sort of discrimination or bias acts are not tolerated.
AEPi was the target of a bias incident earlier this month on Oct. 5, where swastikas were spray-painted onto its house. The University and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Civil Rights division is investigating that incident.
“Each incident is managed individually as each is different,” Senior Associate Dean and Director of Campus Life External Relations Andy Wilson wrote in an email to the Wheel.
In Nair’s email, he explained that the University is investigating the flag football incident in accordance to Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy through the bias response team, and the University is working with AEPi leadership and witnesses to identify those responsible.
The bias response team is available to “support and guide students seeking assistance in determining how to handle a bias incident” and will document incidents and meet with affected students to facilitate services, ensure safety and to provide assistance and comfort to those impacted, according to the Emory bias response website.
AEPi released a statement to the Wheel addressing the individual’s response and reassuring the Emory community of their commitment as an organization to keep Emory a safe space.
“The brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi are deeply saddened and apologetic about the incident that occurred at an intramural football game,” the statement read. “The horrific comments by no means reflect the beliefs, values or morals of our brotherhood. We will work tirelessly with Emory to ensure a community safe from bigotry and harassment.”
Emory’s Student Government Association (SGA) President and College junior Jon Darby wrote that the SGA Executive Board was “disheartened and offended by the alleged incident” at the flag football game, he wrote.
Four witnesses at the IM game declined to comment on the incident.
College junior Peter Witzig said that he thought the response from Nair and others are a result of other, more recent bias incidents.
“I think it’s a step forward, because before [the swastikas painted on AEPi’s house], it would have been nothing,” Witzig said. “I’m positive and optimistic that something happened.”
College sophomore Jasmyn Mackell feels the email and investigation are reasonable reactions.
“I would say that it’s fair, being that they’re addressing all of the issues,” Mackell said. “I just hope that they’re thoroughly looking into it rather than issuing a statement and leaving it at that.”
Mackell also said that the response to the swastika incident played a role in how Emory administration responded to this incident.
“I think that the administration wants to show that they’re angling their response unbiasedly, but we’ll only be able to tell unless more incidents happen,” Mackell said.
— By Stephen Fowler, Assistant News Editor & Sonam Vashi, Executive Editor
This article was updated at 11:16 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24 to reflect that Intramural Coordinator Ricky Talman said a student yelled “go back to India.” Talman did not say that an AEPi fraternity member yelled that statement, as the article previously reflected.
Thoughtful Thursday: Human Rights Awareness took place on Emory University’s Cox Bridge on Thursday, Oct. 23 in order to disperse information regarding human rights violations. This event, the first of many to take place monthly, highlighted the importance of being cognizant about instances of sexual trafficking and rape that happen in American society as well as outside its confines. Stacey Leiman, College senior and founder of the Thoughtful Thursday events, sat down with the Wheel to share the motivations and the goals behind her project.
Loli Lucaciu: How did the idea of Thoughtful Thursdays come about?
Stacey Leiman: The idea for Thoughtful Thursday specifically came from needing a way to expose human rights violations to Emory students. It’s so easy to get caught up in our own work and meetings that we forget that there are millions of people dealing with these kinds of violations every day. Thoughtful Thursday gives Emory students a way to educate themselves about these issues while not having to do any extra work except look at a poster and have someone tell you about the issue as you walk to class.
LL: What were the main motivating forces behind the creation of your project?
SL: I created the idea because I have always been passionate about spreading awareness of human rights violations. Education is incredibly important to me, and there are so many ways to educate people outside of the classroom. Thoughtful Thursday is so important because it helps educate the student body about real issues that are happening every day.
LL: When are these special Thursdays happening?
SL: Thoughtful Thursday will happen every third Thursday of the month. So many T’s!
LL: What are the main goals of these events?
SL: The main purpose of the event is to spread awareness of human rights violations around the world. This goal will hopefully be achieved by having more Thoughtful Thursday events and more students knowing about it.
LL: Why did you choose the topic of sexual trafficking and rape as the first issue discussed?
SL: The topics chosen were sexual trafficking in the United States and rape as a tool of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These issues were chosen because sexual trafficking in the United States is incredibly prevalent, especially in Atlanta (which currently has the highest rate of sex trafficking in the country).
I figured doing something close to home would be a good way to kick off this event. Also what is going on in the DRC is terrible and has been going on for years. It’s one of those issues that never really gets much press, so I wanted to make Emory students more aware of issues going on abroad, as well.
LL: How did you get involved in the issue? What did you learn about it?
SL: I initially got involved in the issue because at my high school we have a Human Rights Week, where we have an entire hallway dedicated to a human rights issue. For my senior year, we did rape as a tool of war in the DRC, so I already knew a bit about the topic.
Then when I came to Emory, I remember sitting in a club meeting about human rights and learning that Atlanta had the highest amount of sex trafficking in the country. I thought “wow, this is great for me and the other seven people in this room to know, but what about the rest of the student body?” I wanted to find a way to make human rights awareness an issue for everyone.
LL: Any plans of continuing to raise awareness about sexual trafficking in the future? In what ways?
SL: Next week, Emory Undergraduate Global Health Organization (EUGHO) is having an open forum dinner at Cox Hall to discuss these issues with anyone who wants to join and hopefully there will be some sort of open forum after every one of these events. For now, there are organizations on campus that focus on sexual trafficking that students can get involved with if they are interested in this issue.
LL: How can Emory students contribute to alleviate this issue?
SL: The first step in any form of action is awareness, so just educating themselves on these issues is amazing.
But if students want to do more, there are groups on campus that can provide outlets for students as well as many national and international organizations like Love146, The Polaris Project and Women for Women, all of which deal with survivors of sexual trafficking and rape in the DRC.
LL: What other topics will be covered during future Thoughtful Thursday sessions?
SL: Next month’s topic is scheduled to be about Tibet and beyond that [the topic] is pretty open!
LL: How are you trying to expand these events? What’s next for Thoughtful Thursdays?
SL: I am trying to expand these events by getting more clubs involved and creating more posters so we can talk to more people at once. Also [by trying] to get outside groups and professors involved. The president of the Emory Alumni Association is Doug Shipman, who also happens to be the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, so maybe we can partner with him or the Carter Center to make these events bigger.
LL: What feedback did you receive from the Emory community?
SL: Emory students who came to learn about the issues thought the posters were incredibly informative and seemed excited about the event’s purpose.
Although the topic is not the most uplifting, students seemed interested and definitely cared about the subject.
— By Loli Lucaciu, Student Life Editor
After seeing countless statuses and links on my newsfeed expressing extreme concern about Ebola having come to the U.S. — the paranoid responses of those who are afraid to leave their homes, who want to seal our borders, who criticize our medical workers and public health leaders (I won’t even mention the ridiculous conspiracy theories I’ve heard concerning the President) — I can’t hold in my opinion any longer. People need to stop panicking and start acting.
There have been three cases of Ebola in the U.S. One of these cases, which tragically resulted in death, involved a Liberian man named Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted the disease in West Africa (If you’d like to discuss how outrageous it is that he was denied treatment, despite his 103-degree fever, possibly based on his skin color and social standing, I have a few opinions on that too).
The two other cases, both health care workers who treated Duncan, are the only two Americans known to have contracted the disease on American soil. Blinded by fear, many American people are forgetting the fact that for many West Africans, facing their relatives and friends dying all around them is a daily reality. I’ve been surprised at the quantity of media addressing the U.S. Ebola “crisis” as opposed to media displaying the utter horror of what is going on in West Africa. This media approach is a massive factor in fueling the American people’s unrest.
The hysteria that our country is falling victim to originates from a fear of our proximity to two of our own citizens seeking treatment here in Atlanta, despite their being under strict regulation and in containment.
There have been nearly 9,000 cases reported in the region of West Africa, over 4,000 of which have resulted in death. And these are just the reported cases. Yes, these numbers are very scary. I understand that. But our best chance of stopping this disease is by fighting and containing it at its source. We, in the U.S., have unique resources and expertise to do this. Among these resources are American doctors and scientists who are doing everything in their power to limit this disease to its area of origin.
My mother is one of these. She is a doctor who works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and she is currently in Sierra Leone for a month, having volunteered to treat patients suffering from Ebola along with interviewing them to help the CDC track and contain this terrible disease. I’m not expecting that to hit home as much as it does for me, but maybe it’ll add some perspective for some of you. The horror of what she is seeing and living every day is what we need to focus on. If you are able, channel your fear into incentive to support organizations aiding in the control of Ebola.
Consider donating to organizations like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Doctors Without Borders, the American Red Cross, etc., all of which are using these donations to send supplies, medicine and health care workers to West Africa.
Yes, Ebola has come to America, and we may well see more cases in the coming weeks. But let’s stop this talk about closing our borders. As American citizens, we have the right to return to our country, suffering from Ebola or not. And as a country founded by immigrants (which of us, after all, is not a descendant of people who came from elsewhere?), shouldn’t we open our arms to anyone in need, rather than engaging in mindless xenophobia?
Our doctors and scientists, moreover, learn how to combat this disease by actually treating cases, ultimately making us all safer in the long run. I obviously hope my mother does not contract Ebola while doing her work. But, hypothetically, if she did, would you seriously deny her, an American woman who has risked her life protecting you, the right to seek aid in the country she calls home? I understand that some Americans are scared, but we should not allow panic to dictate policy.
This disease can only be transmitted in very limited circumstances involving direct contact with bodily fluids, not through air. In donating money, you are helping others while simultaneously looking out for your own well-being. The more resources that find their way to West Africa for combating Ebola, the less likely it is to become a serious problem in our country. And if you are unable to donate, remember that knowledge on this subject and spreading it to promote awareness is also of the upmost importance.
– Anna Bing is a College freshman from Atlanta, Georgia.
When most think “frisbee” they visualize the carefree tossing of a neon-colored disk at the beach or playing catch with their dog at the park. But, add the word “ultimate” and the picture transforms into a fiercely competitive sport played in more than 80 countries by an estimated seven million athletes.
While most Emory students are aware of the sport’s existence, many do not know that two of their peers have played Ultimate Frisbee, also known as Ultimate, at the highest level.
Senior Christian Olsen is a member of the Emory club team and competed on the 2013 USA Under 23 National Team, and his brother, freshman Anders Olsen, also on the Emory team, is a member of the 2014 USA Under 19 National Team.
They both got started playing Ultimate in highschool at Paideia, a private school in Atlanta with a long history of the sport and a reputation for being an Ultimate powerhouse. Their high school team competed with multiple college teams around Georgia, including Emory, whom they beat.
“At first, I thought it was a pretty wimpy sport, because the self-refereeing and ‘no-contact’ rules,” Christian said. “However, once I started playing, I realized that it was one of the best team sports that I could ever be apart of.”
Anders’ views on the sport similarly changed when he learned more about it.
“Having never heard of it, I thought the idea of playing a sport with a frisbee was stupid and comical,” he said. “However, the first day was a blast and I quickly fell in love with this new sport.”
At last year’s World Championships, Christian competed with an Under 23 Division team comprised of the best college Ultimate players in the country, a team which won the world title.
“It was great being able to represent our country, the Ultimate community of the US and our family,” Christian said.
Christian will be trying out for the 2015 National Team early in November in hopes of winning a second gold medal.
This past summer, Anders was a part of the Under 19 Division USA Team, which won silver at the world championships in Lecco, Italy.
“Playing on the nationals team was one of the best experiences of my life because I spent a chunk of my summer playing a sport I loved with people who loved it just as much as me,” Anders said.
Emory’s club team is growing as exciting new talent with the potential to shine is starting to become passionate about the sport.
“Emory is not a very big school, nor are we an Ultimate ‘powerhouse,’” Christian said. “But we are starting to accumulate the talent and dedication we need to really build a solid program here.”
Ultimate was first invented by a group of students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. in 1968. It is a unique sport due to its self-officiating, a concept known as “Spirit of the Game.” This theory promotes players making their own calls.
Athletes are thus responsible for their own actions in the game. Spirit of the Game is incorporated in the official rules and enforced in every level of the game from regional to international.
“My favorite thing about this sport is that it holds you to the highest standard of integrity for yourself and your opponents,” Christian said. “Because of [Spirit of the Game rules] we are forced to be honest and treat our competition with respect. I feel like all other sports lack that aspect of the game, even at the professional levels, occasionally.”
Anders’ favorite part of the game is its uniquely fast pace and strong community.
“It moves so rapidly that everything you do when you’re on the field is instinctual because there is no time to think,” he said. “[Ultimate is a] welcoming community, kind, yet competitive atmosphere.”
Because of their difference in age divisions on the national teams, this year on the Emory club team is the first real time the Olsen brothers have had the opportunity to play as teammates.
While some sports might make brothers compete for the top spot by pushing each other down, Ultimate offers an arena for each brother to get better by pushing the other to succeed.
“I think we are comfortable enough with each other to where I can give him direct, honest feedback and he will take it and do with it what he wants,” Christian said of his relationship with his younger brother. “He is constantly trying to get better and that’s why I try my best to push him every practice.”
Still, there are glimpses of a slight sibling rivalry between the two.
“There is competition but it’s a friendly one,” Anders confessed. “We like to push one another and gentlemanly compliment one another for each other’s victories. We like to urge each other to play better, but it’s a friendly kind that is in place to make us both stronger players.”
Christian, Anders and the rest of the Ultimate team are travelling to Statesboro, Ga., this weekend to compete in the Battle in the Boro, hosted by Georgia Southern University.
— By Elana Cates, Staff Writer
By Rupsha Basu
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in their first intercollegiate dual meet of this season against the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Wilmington with a win for the women’s team and a loss for the men’s team.
The final standings were 152-142 for the men’s team and 157-131 for the women’s team. Combined, both teams won 23 of 32 events, 15 out of 16 of which were won by the women’s team.
The women’s team locked in wins in the 200-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle by freshman Ming Ong, the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke by sophomore Claire Liu and a 200-medley relay victory by Liu, freshman Cindy Cheng and sophomores Annelise Kowalsky and Kristine Rosenberg. Liu, Ong, freshman Julia Wawer and senior Nancy Larson won the 200-yard freestyle relay race.
Senior and Co-Captain McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg won 1,000-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly. Other individual event victors included Kowalsky, junior Ellie Thompson, sophomore Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe and freshman Mara Rosenstock.
“Last year the women’s team lost to UNC-Wilmington, and we lost to them by four points,” Newsum-Schoenberg said. “That really fueled our fire.”
She added that the team proved they could prevail.
For the men’s team, junior Andrew Wilson dominated the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events as well as the 200-yard individual medley.
Like the women’s team, the men’s senior and Co-Captain Hayden Baker won the 200-yard butterfly, and his brother College sophomore Christian Baker claimed the 200 and 500-yard freestyle titles.
Other victors for the men’s team included freshmen Henry Copses and Alexander Hardwick in the 1,000 and 100-yard freestyle, respectively.
UNC-Wilmington presented a sizeable challenge as a Division I opponent, especially for the men’s team because they did not have any divers competing, according to Head Coach Jon Howell.
Because of the lack of divers, the men’s team started off with a 32-point deficit, 22 of which they were able to make up.
“It’s hard to compete without any male divers, but we put up a great fight, making up 22 points on the swimming side of things,” Baker said.
However, the team fell short 10 points despite their success in the swimming competitions.
“They had to really step up, and the men’s team did,” Newsum-Schoenberg said.
As for the women’s team, they were successful on both sides of competition.
“The women were fairly dominant in the meet,” Howell said, commenting on the fact that they only lost one event.
Additionally, the weekend brought in a large crowd due to Alumni and Family Weekend.
“It was a fun weekend across the board,” Howell said.
The atmosphere also affected the team members.
“Having family and alumni in the stands was icing on the cake,” Newsum-Schoenberg said.
The competition also marked the first meet for members of the team who are new this season.
“Our freshmen handled their first meet well,” Baker said.
While the opportunity to compete against a Division I team was good experience for Emory’s team, Howell said his main objective is preparing for the team’s national championships.
“Our objective right now is to get a little better every week and I think we definitely accomplished that from where we were a week ago,” Howell concluded.
The Emory swimming and diving teams’ next competition will be another dual meet in Birmingham, Ala. against Birmingham-Southern College on Saturday, Nov. 1.
— By Rupsha Basu, News Editor