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Eagles Finish First at Emory Fall Invitational

In their first championship-style meet of the 2009-10 campaign, the Eagles' men's and women's swimming and diving teams each recorded first-place finishes at the Emory Fall Invitational.

Competing against six other local colleges and swim clubs, the Emory men finished with 376.5 points, eclipsing the second-place team, Swim Atlanta, by over 100 points.  The Emory women scored 456 points during the meet, finishing 130 points ahead of the next-closest team.

The women finished the meet with three four-place finishes and 27 NCAA ‘B' cut times. 

During the first session of the meet on Saturday afternoon, the Emory women recorded provisional times and first place finishes in both the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays.  In addition, Anne Culpepper and Liz Horvat each recorded a ‘B' cut time in the 500-yard freestyle, and Ruth Westby and Claire Pavlak both had provisional times in the 50-yard freestyle.

During Saturday's night's second session, four Emory women's swimmers (Horvat, Kristin Tadano, Theresa Gallagher and Taryn Lushinsky) all recorded ‘B' cut times in the 400-yard individual medley, while Westby, Whitley Taylor, Amy Minowitz and Culpepper each had a provisional time in the 200-yard freestyle.  Rounding out the session, Leslie Hackler had a ‘B' cut time in the100-yard butterfly, while April Whitley and Marie Kim both had ‘B' cut times in the 100-yard breaststroke.  Also, Emory's 200-yard medley relay team recorded a first-place finish.

In the only event of the Sunday morning session, Horvat and Minowitz both had provisional times in the 1,650-yard freestyle.  In the meet's final session, Culpepper, Lushinsky and Taylor all swam ‘B' cuts in the 200-yard backstroke, Westby swam one in the 100-yard freestyle, and Whitley, Kim and Katie Mroz finished the meet with provisional times in the 200-yard breaststroke.   Emory's 400-yard freestyle relay finished first with a provisional time as well.

Emory's men recorded six first place finishes and five ‘B' cut times during the two days of competition.

For the men's first session, Kevin Yamada finished first in the 200-yard individual medley, while Emory's 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay each had top-finishes as well.

In the Saturday night session, Peter O'Brien finished first in the 400-yard individual medley with a ‘B' cut time, while John Petroff finished third in the 100-yard butterfly in a provisional time.

The Emory men saw three of their swimmers record ‘B' cut times on the final day, as O'Brien (200 Breast) and Petroff (200 Fly) each had their second of the meet, while Tom DiMarco had a provisional time and first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly.  Emory's 400-yard freestyle relay team rounded out the meet with a first-place finish in the event.

Emory will have a few weeks off before returning to the pool on December 3rd for the Miami (Ohio) Invitational, the squads' final meet of the 2009 calendar year.