February 20, 2014

Emory Sweeps UAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Honors

Emory University junior Nancy Larson was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimmer of the Year, while freshman Annelise Kowalsky was selected as the Rookie of the Year and senior Sarah Greene the Diver of the Year, as announced by the conference on Thursday afternoon.

In addition, Emory Head Coach Jon Howell and assistant coaches Cindy Fontana, Chris Marshall and John Petroff were named the UAA Women's Coaching Staff of the Year, while Alex Kossenkov was selected as the Women's Diving Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with New York University's Scott Donie.

This is the sixth time a Howell-led coaching staff has been named the UAA Women's Coaching Staff of the Year.  It was the second time Kossenkov has received the honor since the conference began awarding it at the 2005 UAA Championships, also claiming the award in 2006.

Larson swept the freestyle sprint events and was a part of four winning relay teams.  She earned individual victories in each of the 50-yard freestyle (23.42 seconds), 100-yard freestyle (50.81 seconds) and 200-yard freestyle (1:50.86).  In addition, she contributed to a pair of UAA record-setting relay performances, swimming the anchor leg on the Eagles' winning 400-yard medley relay (3:46.30) and 800-yard freestyle relay (7:29.02).  Larson was the anchor leg on two other victorious Emory relays, helping guide the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:33.83) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:26.40) to conference championships.  It marks the 15th time that an Eagle has been named the UAA Women's Swimmer of the Year, and the fifth-consecutive year.

Kowalsky, making her conference meet debut, set a pair of UAA records during the weekend, winning the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:03.31 and the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.94.  She also swam on the Eagles' UAA Champion 200-yard medley relay team, which recorded a mark of 1:43.89.  Kowalsky becomes the ninth Emory swimmer to capture the UAA Women's Rookie of the Year honor, and the third-straight (current Eagles McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg and Elizabeth Aronoff claimed the honor in 2012 and 2013, respectively).

Greene won the one-meter dive with a score of 464.00, setting a new school record in the process.  She also claimed second-place and all-UAA honors in the three-meter dive with a score of 435.45.  It marks the ninth time that an Emory diver has been named the UAA Women's Diver of the Year, and the first time since Lisa Parton in 2006.

The Emory women won their 16th-consecutive UAA Championship with a score of 2,055, besting second-place Washington (1,270 points) by 785 points.  The Eagles will be back in action this weekend at the Midwest Invitational, hosted by the University of Chicago.