By Nathan Janick
If the NCAA’s television revenue was split like the NBA’s, the average player would receive roughly $77,000 per year from the NCAA’s contract with Turner Sports for the NCAA tournament alone. This doesn’t include the multimillion dollar revenues from television deals for regular season games and ticket sales. At Emory you can join a fraternity, eat out all the time, blow a ton of money at Pitch ‘N Putt every weekend and pay for room, board and books for less than $77,000.
This is an unrealistic example because student athletes are compensated with over 13,000 scholarships per year instead of a percentage of revenue.
It would seem, then, that the NCAA ought to allow athletes playing for top-revenue teams to be paid for their contributions.
Due to a few factors. however, it’s not that easy. It’s more complicated because not all college sports bring in tens of millions of dollars for their universities.
The current system would work if the revenue of all sports resembled the current low revenue sports like golf and gymnastics, but the reality is that NCAA revenues have exceeded $800 million in recent years largely due to football and basketball. With revenues this large, one might ask why the NCAA doesn’t just compensate the players like they are professional athletes.
In an institution of the complete opposite of the current system, athletes would be paid at their market value. Star players and high school recruits would be paid large sums of money and athletes for less popular sports would likely be paid nothing. This option would be like a death sentence for low revenue collegiate sports, and there would be many consequences down the road of giving young athletes huge sums of money even earlier in their lives.
Since the current system is broken and a revenue sharing system comparable to a professional sports is unrealistic and would prove disastrous, the solution has to be constructed using two methods: athlete stipends and the player’s ability to profit off their own names.
In efforts to appease critics of the current system, the NCAA has proposed to give Division I athletes a $2,000 stipend. At Emory, this wouldn’t even cover the freshman meal plan. The NCAA should give all athletes a larger stipend to help cover college expenses, because lets be honest, college isn’t cheap. These stipends won’t apply to Division II and Division III schools (sorry, Emory athletes), because sports in those divisions do not make enough money for universities, hence the limited scholarships in Division II and no scholarships in Division III.
Opponents will argue that there is no money for this, but one doesn’t have to look further than the $71 million surplus the NCAA, a non-profit organization, recorded in 2012.
Even if the stipend is implemented, the unethical treatment of collegiate athletes will continue until the metaphorical wall of amateurism that the NCAA hides behind is torn down.
In order to maintain “amateur status,” the NCAA has incredibly strict rules and guidelines against players receiving impermissible benefits. Every couple of months, star player X has their picture on SportsCenter while the anchor reads something along the lines of “Player is currently under investigation by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits.”
So what is the big deal about these “impermissible benefits”?
Impermissible benefits are any tangible benefit that a player receives. They range from Reggie Bush and his family receiving approximately $280,000 in benefits from a sports marketing agent, to Geraldo Boldewijn being suspended and forced to pay back $700 for an impermissible use of a 1990 Toyota Camry with 177,000 miles on it, to Cedric Febis paying $20 to a charity, which was the value of the “benefits” he received.
The latest trend in the attack on amateurism is a players’ right to profit off their own likeness. Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA is addressing this issue, and deals with the NCAA profiting off the use of athletes’ likenesses in the EA Sports NCAA Basketball video game. The court ruled that banning payments to players “unreasonably restrains trade.” The ruling continues to say that players should receive “a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid.”
Friends of mine that play for Division I sports teams joke that their universities own them because of the amount of time and effort their coach demands of them. What is being addressed in this case is how the NCAA actually owns the rights to these players’ names and can profit off them without compensating the student-athletes.
The NCAA only sells jerseys without the players names on the back, but high profile college athletes can be easily identified by their number. However, when Jay Bilas, a college basketball analyst for ESPN, searched high profile athletes’ names like Johnny Manziel on the NCAA online shop, the search results returned the player’s jersey. The corresponding player’s jersey would not pop up when searched without the name of the player being written into the computer program of the listing of the jersey. Bilas caught the NCAA profiting off the names of current college athletes, who would then revoke their amateur status. The players whose jerseys are being sold don’t receive a penny from the NCAA for the use of their name. Within 24 hours of Bilas’ tweets, the NCAA released a statement saying that “the NCAA online shop will no longer offer college and university merchandise.” The irony of the whole story is the NCAA violated these athletes’ amateur status for their own benefit, even though it is the way the NCAA is able to justify their treatment of these athletes.
The best solution is to give every student athlete the same stipend no matter what sport they play. I believe it should be higher than $2000. If you say the NCAA and colleges cannot afford this, look no further than NCAA revenues and coaches’ salaries. This system is fair to everybody except the high profile college athletes. This is why I propose that athletes should be allowed to profit off their own name and image while they are still in college. Athletes should receive financial compensation for the use of their name for life and compensation for the use of their number while that number is still theirs, including if the number is retired. This proposal will prevent the NCAA from exploiting athletes under the protection of amateurism.
— By Nathan Janick, Contributing Writer
Junior Marissa Levine returns a hit. Leine won five of five matches at the Grizzly Open last weekend for the B draw victory. | Courtesy of Emory Athletics
By Ethan Morris
This past weekend, the women’s tennis squad traveled to Lawrenceville, Ga. to participate in the Grizzly Open.
Led by junior Marissa Levine and senior Danielle Truitt, the team had a successful weekend in the singles matches, winning both the B and C draws.
Levine dominated the competition, winning all five of her matches, en route to the B draw victory. She even beat a teammate, freshman Anna Fuhr, in the closing game of the tournament. With her win at the Open, Levine improved her record to 10-1 on the fall season in singles play, which was the best mark on the team.
Fuhr played well in the B tournament, winning her first four matches, before catching the unfortunate draw of facing her own teammate in the finals.
Truitt was more dominant in her play at the Grizzly Open. Playing in the C tournament, Truitt did not lose a single set, winning all five of her matches to win her draw. She finished the fall season with an impressive 6-1 singles record.
In doubles, Emory had a fairly successful run, led by Fuhr and sophomore Katarina Su, who made it to the semifinals, and junior Beatrice Rosen and sophomore Melissa Goodman, who advanced to the quarterfinals.
Head Coach Amy Bryant was pleased with her team’s play in the B and C draws, but said they could have prepared better for the A draw.
“I saw a lot of fight come from my teammates when they were in a tough match and they really stayed steady and stuck to their game,” Su wrote in an email to the Wheel.
This tournament marked the end of the squad’s fall campaign.
“Each player will set personal goals for themselves,” Bryant said. “I expect them to stay motivated and work to get better instead of coasting or going down a level in the off season.”
Rosen expressed great praise for the new members of the team, whom she said have quickly added an extra punch in the lineup.
“Our freshmen really proved to be great players and teammates both on and off the court, so I’m so excited to have them on the team and work with them more,” she wrote. “They all have great energy and are motivated, and push us returners.”
Su felt like the first half of the season prepared the team for the spring season.
“The fall season has allowed our team to get into the groove of things and get a routine going,” Su wrote.
Su is optimistic about the team’s potential and is looking forward to competing for the national championship in the spring.
“I think our team has a lot to improve on in order to get us fit and ready (both mentally and physically) to compete in the spring,” Su wrote. “I would like to see our team pick up the intensity and focus on [the] court for the spring.”
Bryant said that the team’s goal in the spring is to “focus on the process that is required to achieve success” instead of “focusing on the success we’ve had in the past.”
The team begins the spring season in early February.
— By Ethan Morris, Contributing Writer
By Jenny Nutovits
The women’s soccer team played in two games this weekend against University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents New York University (NYU) and Brandeis University (Mass.). Both games ended in double overtime ties.
On Friday, the No. 9 Eagles traveled to New York to face the No. 23 NYU Violets. The two teams finished the game deadlocked in a 1-1 tie.
After 80 minutes of scoreless play, senior forward Emily Feldman stepped up. After an NYU player committed a foul against an Eagle just outside of the 18-yard box, Feldman took a free kick and drove the ball off the bottom of the cross bar and into the net.
This was the team-leading fifth goal of the season (and 25th career goal) for the senior, and it gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
However, the Violets were able to tie the game in the 86th minute. After the Eagles failed to properly clear the ball, NYU forward Melissa Menta drove the ball into the upper-right corner of the goal, knotting the score at 1-1.
Though the squads would play two overtime periods, the game would end with the score still tied.
The Eagles outpaced the Violets 7-5 in shots on goal, while junior goalkeeper Liz Arnold made three saves for the Eagles after playing for all 110 minutes.The Eagles made their way up to Massachusetts on Sunday to face the Brandeis Judges. This game also ended in a tie.
“There was a definite improvement from the NYU game to the Brandeis game,” Arnold said.
The Eagles struck first, scoring with 41.2 seconds left in the first half. Freshman midfielder Melissa Ardizzone crossed the ball to fellow freshman Melinda Altamore, who sent a high ball toward the net that just passed over the outstretched arms of Brandeis goalkeeper Michelle Savuto. This was Altamore’s first conference goal.
“It’s always a great feeling when you score, but scoring a goal against a conference opponent is a new experience,” Altamore said.
While the two teams played equally well throughout the majority of the second half, Brandeis senior Corinne Bortniker sent a ball forward to Brandeis junior Melissa Darling, who quickly popped the ball into the 6-yard box, from where freshman Samantha Schwartz chipped it into the net, equalizing the score 1-1.
The score remained tied as regulation time ended, and the two teams headed into overtime.
Emory controlled the bulk of the play in the overtime period, taking two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes.
Arnold finished this game with five saves, while Brandeis goalkeeper Alexis Grossman finished with four.
“We hope to build on the positive atmosphere we have established, limit defensive breakdowns, finish our scoring opportunities and win our last five games in the regular season,” Arnold said.
The Eagles return to the pitch on tomorrow evening with a non-conference contest at LaGrange College (Ga.).
— By Jenny Nutovits, Contributing Writer
By Michael Scheck
The men’s tennis team finished its fall season at the Grizzly Open last weekend, taking on Division II and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) opponents for the first time this fall. The tournament, hosted by Georgia Gwinnett College, featured high-level play and was marked by successful performances by the Emory Eagles.
The inclusion of Division II and NAIA teams made the tournament the most competitive contest the Eagles saw in the Fall.
“Some of the guys we played had played professionally before going on to the NAIA. There was no easy match,” sophomore Andrew Lo said.
In the doubles competition, two Emory pairs advanced to the quarterfinals.
The first pair, consisting of junior Rafe Mosetick and freshman David Omsky, won three matches with a line of 8-3, 8-6 and 8-4.
They fought hard in the quarterfinals, but lost by a score of 6-8 to seniors Jose Soto and Nester Perez of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The second pair, consisting of freshmen Bart Panarese and Zach Surmacz, won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals. Panarese and Surmacz lost in the quarterfinals to sophomore Jordan Cox and junior Matias Hatern of Georgia Gwinnett College, who went on to win the tournament, by a score of 1-8.
In Flight A of the singles tournament, freshman Roberto Bazzarella and Mosetick advanced to the quarterfinals. Bazzarella won his matches 6-0, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. Bazzarella fought hard in the quarterfinals, taking the match to a second set tiebreaker before being bested.
Mosetick won his first match in a tiebreaker and his second match by a score of 6-1, 6-4. Mosetick lost to Georgia Gwinnett junior Erik Moberg 6-1, 6-0.
The experienced Mosetick attributed his success to his mentality going into the tournament.
“[An interdivisional tournament] doesn’t really mean anything. You just kind of go for it,” he said. “You try to be aggressive and take that big ball that you might not always go for, but that you need to if you want to win. In every match you swing for the fences.”
In Flight B of the singles tournament, Omsky advanced to the semi-finals after winning his matches 6-0, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6, and 6-1, 6-2. Omsky fought valiantly in the semifinal, but did not advance.
In Flight C of the singles tournament Surmacz also advanced to the semifinals before losing to Florida Southern freshman Brian Slivonik. Surmacz won three matches with a line of 6-1 6-1, 6-2 6-1 and 6-3 6-2.
With the fall portion of their schedule concluded, the Eagles will return to action this winter on Feb. 13, when they will host Oglethorpe University (Ga.).
Sports Editor Zak Hudak contributed reporting.
— By Michael Scheck, Staff Writer
By John Keuler & Zak Hudak
The volleyball team was in action this weekend in Chicago, Ill. where they battled conference foes in the second edition of this season’s University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin tournament. Over two days, the Eagles played four matches, going 3-1.
The Eagles’ 3-0 performance at the first Round Robin tournament, which was hosted in the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC) earlier this month, and their performance in this competition secured them a No. 2 rank in the UAA.
On Saturday, Emory opened up their day against New York University (NYU) and with little difficulty dismissed the Violets in three consecutive sets.
They were led by outstanding efforts from junior setter Sydney Miles and senior outside hitter Leah Jacobs.
Miles recorded 35 assists, and Jacobs was often the benefactor of those sets as she landed 16 kills and swung with efficiency, boasting a .517 hitting percentage.
The following game matched Emory with No. 7-ranked Washington University (Mo.). The Bears proved to be formidable opponents, taking a two to one lead in sets before the Eagles were able to push the match to a fifth set. The Eagles were unable to come out on top in the final set, losing 15-13 and as a result accepted their first conference loss of the season.
“We didn’t play very well against them. We are definitely going to learn from that match and correct some things,” Head Coach Jenny McDowell said.
Sunday saw Emory add two more wins to their season total after rolling over Brandeis University (Mass.) and beating The University of Chicago in four sets.
“I loved the way the team was able to come back the next day [from the Washington loss] and beat Chicago,” McDowell said.
Sophomore middle hitter Jessica Holler led the team in kills in both contests with 14.
Miles ended the day with a new season high for assists in a four set match, successfully feeding a hitter 50 times during the game against Chicago.
The Eagles made significant position changes, such as senior outside hitter Kate Bowman’s switch to libero, at the start of the year. Since, each player has been willing to make any and all sacrifices to help the team, McDowell said.
“It’s a huge credit to this team for being flexible. The coolest thing about this team is that they’re all willing to do whatever it takes. Every player is very unselfish,” she said.
McDowell credited this selflessness as one of the leading factors in the team’s impressive 27-3 record on the season.
“The unity is the strength of this program,” she said.
The Eagles do not play again until Wednesday, Oct. 29, when they will take on Piedmont College (Ga.) at home. However, Emory will surely be looking forward to the the UAA Championships on the weekend of Nov. 7.
— By John Keuler, Contributing Writer & Zak Hudak, Sports Editor
Sophomore forwawrd Jason Andrejchak runs the ball downfield. Andrejchak and the No. 9 Eagles fell to New York University on Friday and Brandeis University (Mass.) on Sunday. | Photo Courtesy of Emory Athletics
By Elana Cates
This past weekend, the men’s soccer team lost to both the New York University Violets and the Brandeis University (Mass.) Judges, dropping their NCAA ranking from No. 8 to No. 9.
“We didn’t play our best this past weekend, but we are going to work hard in practice this week so we can go into the next game more aggressive,” sophomore midfielder Scott Haley said.
After the squad’s suffered its first loss of the season last week against the University of Chicago (Ill.), the Eagles came out aggressive against NYU on Friday, Oct. 17.
Within the first 40 seconds, senior forward Dylan Price delivered a shot on goal.
Less than 12 minutes later, both freshman midfielder Jason McCartney and sophomore midfielder Max Gomas had each managed two shots on goal.
By the middle of the game, McCartney and Haley had totaled three more shots on goal.
Despite all this action, however, the first half ended with the score tied at 0-0.
The second half started well for the Eagles, with three more shots from junior Sebastian Hardington, Gomas and Haley. However, in the 56th minute, the Violet’s Deniz Oncu took the ball from the defensive zone and sent a long ball to Malcolm Montilus, who was able to score on the breakaway.
After an aggressive push to tie up the game, the Eagles’ offense was not able to compete with the Violet’s defense. Emory outshot NYU 22-8 and also managed more shots on goal (10-1), but was not able to score. The game ended with NYU leading 1-0.
On Sunday, Oct. 19, Emory travelled to Waltham, Mass. to go up against No. 7 Brandeis. The match started with a nice run down the right side by Brandeis within the first 45 seconds, resulting in a shot on goal.
Emory was not able to make opportunities until the 10th minute of play, when freshman Gabriel Vasconcelos put up the Eagles’ first shot on goal. After sophomore Jason Andrejchak tried to dribble past Brandeis’ defenders but could not find an open shot, junior Connor Curtin’s kick from the left side was blocked by a leaping save from the Judge’s goalie Joe Graffy.
The first half ended with no more excitement and the score tied at 0-0.
The second half again opened with a pair of shots on goal from each squad, until Brandeis broke the 0-0 tie with Tyler Savonen’s straight-on penalty kick. The score remained 1-0, Brandeis the rest of the game, with the Judges outshooting the Eagles 9-7.
“We didn’t capitalize on our chances against NYU, then got unlucky against Brandeis,” Hardington said. “We will work hard this week in training and get ready for our next game.”
This loss marks the third in a row for the Eagles. Their record now sands at 11-3-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA).
Emory will return to the field after a 12-day break on Oct. 31, against the University of Rochester at 5:00 p.m. at the Woodruff P.E. Center.
— By Elana Cates, Contributing Writer
By Nick Bradley & Zak Hudak
The Emory men’s and women’s cross country teams posted satisfying performances at Saturday’s Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin College (Ohio). The men finished with 281 points, ranking 11th out of 34 teams, and the women finished seventh out of 40 teams, with a total of 256 points.
Both the men’s and women’s teams from the State University of New York at Geneseo finished first at the event.
“This was the first real test of us against national-caliber Division III teams,” Head Coach John Curtin said. “Everyone competed well, the women particularly.”
For the fourth meet in a row, Emory senior Tamara Surtees clocked the women’s fastest 6K time at 22:37, ranking her 12th out of 341 runners.
Junior Marissa Gogniat was the second fastest Eagle, placing 34th with a time of 23:12 and senior Elise Viox was third, finishing with her season-best time of 23:47.
She placed 63rd overall. Other point scorers for the women’s team included senior Stephanie Crane, who finished 73rd, and freshman Gabrielle Rudolph, who finished 80th.
Senior Tyler Cooke was the top scorer for the men’s team, finishing 41st out of 278 runners with a time of 26:22.
He was one of three Eagles to finish in the top 50. The others were senior Alex Fleischhacker, who placed 45th with a time of 26:24 and junior Lukas Mees who followed close behind at 46th with a time of 26:28. Sophomore Grant Murphy posted his season-best time of 26:35, placing 57th.
“We went [to the Inter-Regional Rumble] last year and we went back hoping for better conditions,” Curtin said. “It was cold, sloppy and muddy. Times were not good.”
The conditions played as much a part in the runners’ mental game as it did their physical game.
“[Bad conditions] just make it harder to focus,” Cooke said. “Obviously it’s difficult when the grass is slippery but, when you’re running through the mud, it seems like you’re wasting so much energy and not getting anywhere. You really have to focus on moving forward.”
To make matters worse, the University Athletic Association (UAA) is a particularly competitive conference for cross-country. According to Curtin, six of the eight UAA cross country teams are nationally ranked, and while the Eagles women’s team is nationally ranked, the men’s is not. The men’s team, on the other hand, is ranked second in their region.
Although Cooke expressed some disappointment with the performance of the men’s team against other the UAA teams at the meet, Curtin was more optimistic, especially with regard to the big meets coming up on the schedule.
“Right now, these are the tough days,” he said. “It’s time to get physically and mentally strong for the few meets ahead. Everything we’ve done up to now has been preparatory. When you look back on the season, what you remember are the UAA and National Championships.”
Both the men’s and women’s teams will have this coming weekend off as they prepare for the UAA championships, which will be hosted on Nov. 1 at Washington University (Mo.).
Surtees said she thinks the extra week of training will help the team succeed at Washington.
“We said at the beginning of the year that we wanted to place in the top four at UAAs, and it looks like that’s feasible,” she said.
Sports Editor Zak Hudak contributed reporting.
— By Nick Bradley, Features Editor & Zak Hudak, Sports Editor
The Eagles swim against the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Wilmington in the WoodPEC for a Alumni and Family Weekend crowd. The women’s team defeated UNC-Wilmington, 152-142, while the men lost 157-131. The teams take on Birmingham-Southern College away this Saturday. | Photo Courtesy of Jason Oh
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
Photo Courtesy of William Warby on Flikr
Beatrice Rosen is a junior on the Emory women’s tennis team. She was reached the NCAA Individual Championships quarterfinals her freshman year, earning all-American honors. Last Spring, she was chosen for the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team. Last weekend, she finished third in the singles draw of the USTA/ ITA National Small College Championships.
Emory Wheel: Favorite tennis memory?
Beatrice Rosen: Winning Nationals last season. There’s nothing else like that.
EW: What do you want to be when you are older?
BR: I want to be a broadcast journalist. I want to work for 60 Minutes and travel the world. I really want to report on stuff that makes a difference in the world. Growing up, I really wanted to be a movie star, but then I found out I’m really curious and I like hear- ing and telling stories so broadcast journalism is the perfect combination.
EW: Serena or Venus Williams?
BR: Serena because she’s a beast. Actually my nickname on the team is beast.
EW: How did you come across that nickname?
BR: You should come to a tennis match to find out.
EW: In a movie about your life, who would play you?
BR: Emma stone.
EW: Any pre-match superstitions?
BR: I have a particular hairstyle. I have to wear my hair in a tight messy bun.
EW: Favorite thing about Emory?
BR: I love so many things about this school.
EW: What is something on your bucket list?
BR: I want to travel abroad for a year on a service trip where I’m traveling but also building things and helping people living in rough communities. I want to travel to really help people rather than just going as a tourist.
EW: Team goals for the season?
BR: We’d like to win Nationals again. But like our coach [Amy Bryant] always says, it’s a marathon, not a sprint and we have to take each practice and match as it comes.
EW: Who is the John McEnroe of the team?
BR: In match situations, our coach does a really good job of helping everyone with their emotions and mental toughness and not letting emotions take over. But if there was one person who does show more emotion, it’d be me. But more pump-up emotion than anything.
EW: Pre-match pump up song?
BR: Our team pump up song for Nationals was Summer by Calvin Harris. It will forever pump me up and remind me of the best week of my life.
– By Zoe Elfenbein
Senior Hayden Baker swims the butterfly at the annual Intrasquad Blue-Gold meet last Friday. Baker and the Eagles take on the University of North Carolina-Wilmington this Sunday for the program’s parents weekend. / Photo courtesy of Emory Athletics
In preparation for their first intercollegiate meet of the season against the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in the intrasquad Blue-Gold meet last Friday, which split both squads into two teams.
The Gold team won on the women’s side with a score of 158.5-134.5, while there was a rare tie between Blue and Gold on the men’s side with an even score of 130-130.
Although the times at the intrasquad meet do not count towards NCAA qualification, there were a number of athletes that recorded ‘B’ cut times.
“This is one of the most talented groups I’ve ever seen,” senior McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg said. “Not only talented in the water, but also willing to work hard to get the best times and to carry on Emory swimming and diving.”
‘B’ cut times were recorded from men’s team junior Andrew Wilson in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, and women’s team sophomore Claire Liu in the 100-yard backstroke, Newsum-Schoenberg in the 200-yard fly and freshman Ming Ong in both the 200-yard freestyle and individual.
“This meet is a bit of a challenge,” Newsum-Schoenberg said. “It’s our first one, so we only have a couple weeks of practice under our belts. At the first event people set the bar really high and people kept with the pace from there on out.”
Contributing to the Gold women’s team victory were wins from Newsum-Schoenberg (1000 Free and 500 Free), sophomore Annelise Kowalsky (100 and 200 Breast), freshman Mara Rosenstock (1- and 3-meter dives) and the 400-medley relay team of freshmen Cindy Cheng, Megan Campbell, Kowalsky and Liu.
“Everyone did so well that it makes me excited to see what our team is going to accomplish this season,” Liu said.
Adding to the Blue women’s team score were wins from Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe (100 Fly) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Marissa Bergh, freshman Julia Wawer, senior Nancy Larson and Ong.
Contributing to the Gold men’s team score were wins from freshman Oliver Smith (50 Free), freshman Alexander Hardwick (100 Free) sophomore Mitchell Cooper (100 Free), sophomore Christian Baker (200 Free), Wilson (200 IM), and the 200-yard medley relay team of junior John Galvin, Cooper, Wilson and Hardwick.
Winners for the Blue men’s team included freshman Brandon Shinsato (100 Back), freshman Henry Copses (500 Free), junior Jared Scheuer (200 Back), senior Hayden Baker (100 & 200 Fly) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Wes Duke, sophomore David Tao, sophomore Hayes Burdette-Sapp and senior Hayden Baker.
“We have a good strong group and at this point our goal is to keep getting better moving forward,” Head Coach Jon Howell said.
The Emory swimming and diving team opens its season at noon this Saturday, Oct. 18 hosting University of North Carolina-Wilmington for the Emory Swimming and Diving Family Weekend.
— By Jenny Nutovits, Staff Writer
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