Emory Athletics Weekly Preview: February 12th-18th

Emory Athletics Weekly Preview: February 12th-18th

Swimming and Diving: 

With their dual meets and regular season behind them, the Emory swimming and diving teams will compete in the UAA Championships this week as they gear up for their Regional and National meets. The Eagles competed in Auburn this past weekend, where they compiled several NCAA B Cuts. 

Several freshmen broke onto the scene as Katherine Swan and Hayden Tupper both recorded B Cuts. Swan posted a season-best times in the distance freestyles while Tupper touched the wall in 1:38.79 in the 200 Freestyle. Tupper added another B Cut in the 100 Freestyle on Day two with a time of 45.07. The rookies also had solid performances in the invitational portion of the meet with freshmen Lou Elayi and Pooja Hemige posting B Cuts in the 200 Breaststroke.  

Many of the Eagles spent the past weekend resting for the UAA Championships. Senior Jake Meyer, who recorded an A Cut in the 100 Breaststroke earlier this season looks to build onto his already impressive resume this week. Meyer has a pair of UAA relay championships under his belt and will look to add an individual title to his trophy case this week. With plenty of postseason experience in his career, the senior is looking to lead the men's team to its 25th consecutive UAA Championship and third straight NCAA National Championship. 

On the women's side, senior Fiona Arwood will look to defend her UAA title in the 200 Breaststroke after she won the event by more than three seconds last year. Arwood received All-America Honorable Mention for her efforts in the 200 Breaststroke at the National Championships as well. Sophomore Penny Celtnieks will also look to follow up her impressive rookie postseason. Celtnieks was a part of the 2023 200 Freestyle National Championship team and she's looking to add more to her trophy case. She also boasts the team's top time in the 50 Free this season, recording a time of 23.73. 

Under head coach Jon Howell, the Eagles have won 25 straight UAA Championships on both the men's and women's side. Not only have the Eagles compiled countless UAA Championships under Howell, but the women have also won 12 National Championships, including 10 of the past 12, while the men are looking to win their third straight. 

The road back to the podium at the National Championships starts this week with the UAA Championships. The event will take place at the University of Chicago in the Myers-McLoraine Pool. The event will start with the preliminary and finals for 1-meter dive (women's) as well as the 800 Freestyle Relay finals on Wednesday. The remainder of the meet will include preliminary races in the starting at 10:00 AM before the finals, starting at 6:00 PM over the course of Thursday through Saturday. 


  • Wednesday, February 14th-Saturday, February 17th – UAA Championships – Myers-McLoraine Pool (Chicago, IL) 




Coming off a weekend in which it went 1-2, the Emory baseball team will take on the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels on the road this week before heading to Montgomery to play three different opponents this weekend, with Virginia Wesleyan, MUW, and Huntingdon on deck. 

The Eagles played a three-game set against in-state opponent Berry this past weekend, starting with a road doubleheader on Friday before their home opener on Saturday afternoon. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Eagles trailed 4-1 but battled back, with junior Jack Halloran blasting a game-tying home run in the sixth inning. The Vikings regained the lead quickly, though, but Halloran once again answered the call and drove in another run to bring the score even at 5. Yet, the Vikings walked it off on the Eagles in game one with an RBI knock in the bottom of the ninth. 

Emory got vengeance in game two, though, as they drubbed the Vikings 11-2. Four different Eagles picked up doubles, and Halloran hit his second home run of the day. Emory finished game two with 11 hits and took advantage of Berry's five errors in the field. Halloran finished the two-game set on Friday with seven RBIs on three hits, two of which being home runs. 

The Eagles played their home opener and final game of their series with the Vikings on Saturday afternoon. Senior Derek Livingston got the start on the bump, going six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits and one walk. The lone run came via the long ball in the top of the fifth inning. Emory led 2-1 until Berry capitalized with another homerun, this time a three-run shot over the left field wall to take a 4-2 lead. 

Emory cut into the Berry lead in the ninth inning when junior Blake Dincman slugged a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the ninth. Down one, the Eagles worked the bases loaded to set up junior Matthew Sicoli with two outs and an opportunity to tie or even win the game. However, Sicoli went down swinging as the Vikings took the final game of the series. 

The Eagles will have an opportunity to bounce back early this week in their game against Oglethorpe. The game against Emory will be the Stormy Petrels' first game of the season, as they look to bounce back from their 2023 season where they went 7-35. The Eagles and Stormy Petrels have met 79 times before, with Emory leading the all-time series 58-21. Emory has also won six straight against the Stormy Petrels, as well as eight of the last nine. 

The Eagles will then head to Montgomery, Alabama for three one-off games against Virginia Wesleyan, MUW, and Huntingdon. Virginia Wesleyan opened their season this past weekend, taking the series 2-1 against William Peace. The Eagles have met with Virginia Wesleyan nine times before, with Emory leading the series 6-3. The most recent game came in 2020, where Emory won 8-0. 

Emory and MUW met for a three-game set in Atlanta last season, with Emory sweeping the series and outscoring the Owls 30-12. Emory and Huntingdon have played one another 62 times in their histories, with the Eagles leading the series 43-19. The most recent matchup saw Emory win 12-10 in an offensive battle. Each of Emory's games this weekend will be hosted by Huntingdon at Neal Posey Field in Montgomery, Alabama. 


  • Tuesday, February 13th – at Oglethorpe – 5:00 PM – Hermance Stadium (Atlanta, GA) 

  • Friday, February 16th – vs Va. Wesleyan – 1:00 PM – Neal Posey Field (Montgomery, AL) 

  • Saturday, February 17th – vs MUW – 1:00 PM – Neal Posey Field (Montgomery, AL) 

  • Sunday, February 18th – at Huntingdon – Neal Posey Field (Montgomery, AL) 


  • Oglethorpe 

  • Va. Wesleyan 

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  • MUW 

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  • Huntingdon 

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Men's Tennis: 

After a few cancellations due to weather this past weekend, the No. 6 ranked Emory men's tennis team will start their spring season with a pair of home matches this weekend. The Eagles will kick off the weekend with SCAD-Atlanta on Friday morning before taking on Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.  

The Eagles experienced a successful fall season, with sophomore Dean Kamenev and senior Nolan Shah teaming up to claim the ITA South Regional Doubles Championship. The two went on to finish as the Division III runner-up at the ITA Cup in October. Kamenev also finished as the runner-up in the singles portion of the ITA South Regional as well as the ITA Cup. 

SCAD-Atlanta saw a successful ITA Cup performance this past fall, with two doubles teams advancing to the second round of the bracket. 

Tennessee Wesleyan is coming off another impressive performance at the 2024 NAIA ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship. The Bulldogs went toe-to-toe with No. 1 seed Georgia Gwinnett but could not trounce the NAIA powerhouse as they finished as the runner-up. 

The Eagles will look to start their spring strong with their first two matches of the calendar year. 


  • Friday, February 16th – vs SCAD-Atlanta – 10:30 AM – Woodruff P.E. Center (Atlanta, GA) 

  • Saturday, February 17th – vs Tennessee Wesleyan – 12:00 PM – Woodruff P.E. Center (Atlanta, GA) 


  • SCAD-Atlanta 

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Women's Tennis: 

The No. 6 Ranked Emory women's tennis team will also get their spring season started on Friday against SCAD-Atlanta. The Eagles are coming off a successful ITA Cup performance this past fall, with sophomore Emily Kantrovitz and senior Ana Cristina Perez both reaching the final round of the singles draw. The two opted to not play against one another in the championship match. The duo went on to reach the quarterfinals of the doubles bracket to finish the event. 

SCAD-Atlanta is coming off its best ITA Regional performance in program history. The program saw its first ITA Doubles Regional Championship when Shalimar Talbi and Begona Benjumeda tore through the bracket. 

The Eagles will look to start their spring on the right foot as they welcome the Bees to the WoodPEC this Friday. 


  • Friday, February 16th – vs SCAD-Atlanta – 3:00 PM – Woodruff P.E. Center (Atlanta, GA) 



Women's Basketball: 

The No. 19 ranked Emory women's basketball team (17-5, 7-4 UAA) wrapped up its four-game homestand this weekend with a 1-1 split. The Eagles experienced their first back-to-back losses of the season when they dropped their Friday matchup with WashU, 72-61. However, they bounced back on Sunday with a 64-57 win over Chicago to give Head Coach Misha Jackson her 100th career win and get the Eagles back into the win column. The Eagles head into the final stretch of the regular season with two more UAA games this weekend, taking on Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon. 

Despite the loss on Friday, sophomore Katherine Martini was very impressive down low for Emory. As the Bears did their best to neutralize graduate student Claire Brock, Martini scored 16 points on 7-11 shooting in a season-high 33 minutes of action.  

Emory bounced back on Sunday, with a strong first-half from Brock leading the Eagles to a 64-57 win. Brock scored 11 of her 17 points on the day in the first half. Meanwhile, the Maroons shot just 5-28 from the field in the first half and were unable to dig themselves out of the hole they found themselves in. Junior Daniella Aronsky put up 15 points in the win, including going a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. 

Brock has led the Eagles this season, averaging a UAA-high 17.5 points per game on 49.3% shooting from the field. She is also leading the conference in her three-point percentage (43.2%) and her three-point field goals per game (2.6). Junior Morgan Laudick has been a welcome return to the starting lineup after missing a stretch of games due to injury last month. Since returning from injury, she is averaging nearly 10 points per game. 

As a team, the Eagles are among the nation's best at shooting the three as well as defending it. Emory ranks 15th in the nation in three-point percentage with a mark of 34.6% while holding their opponents to just 22.3% from beyond the arc, the 7th best in the nation. 

Case Western Reserve is coming off a win over Brandeis that snapped a seven-game skid. The Spartans enter the game with a conference record of 2-9. The two teams met earlier this season, with the Eagles winning 61-55. Emory has a slight edge over the Spartans in the all-time series, having won 30 of the 59 meetings, including three straight. 

Carnegie Mellon is looking to get back on track, having lost nine in a row. Carnegie Mellon opened its conference schedule strong, winning their first two games in resounding fashion, with 19-point wins over Case Western Reserve and Brandeis. The Tartans have stalled since then, though, needing a late season push to climb back up the standings. Catherine Or leads the way for Carnegie Mellon, averaging 15.4 points per game, the fourth best in the UAA. Emory and the Tartans have met 68 times prior, with Emory winning 47 of those matchups, including 10 straight going in Emory's favor. 


  • Friday, February 16th – at Case Western Reserve – 5:30 PM – Horsburgh Gymnasium (Cleveland, OH) 

  • Sunday, February 18th – at Carnegie Mellon – 2:00 PM – Wiegand Gymnasium (Pittsburgh, PA) 


  • Case Western Reserve 

  • Carnegie Mellon 


Men's Basketball: 

The Emory men's basketball team (14-8, 5-6 UAA) earned a pair of hard-fought wins this weekend to close out its homestand. The Eagles trounced WashU 89-76 on Friday night as sophomores Ben Pearce and Jair Knight combined for an astonishing 58 points and then bested Chicago 88-82 behind a dagger three from junior Albert Fallas. The wins snapped a three-game skid and helped elevate the Eagles back into the thick of the UAA standings with three games remaining. 

The Eagles will look to build onto their tournament resume this weekend as they hit the road for the final time this regular season to take on Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon.  

Knight and Pearce have been one of the UAA's best tandems this season, both being in the top-five in scoring this season. In 22 games played, Knight and Pearce are averaging 17.5 and 17.1 points, respectively to lead the electric Emory offense. Pearce and Knight's combined 58 points against WashU was tied for the third-most points by a pair in a single game in Emory program history. 

Senior Max Fried has worked his way into the starting lineup, as Head Coach Jason Zimmerman looks to play smaller down the stretch. While he may be listed as a guard, Fried was incredible rebounding this past weekend, grabbing 10 against WashU and 12 against Chicago, both being team highs. 

The Eagles like to shoot the three, ranking 18th in the nation in three-point attempts per game with 29.4. They also take care of the ball while also generating assists, having an impressive 1.43 turnover ratio. Averaging 84.9 points per game this year, the Eagles can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the nation. 

The Eagles will prepare to take on Case Western Reserve in a matchup of the UAA's two top offensive teams. The Spartans average 85.3 points per game, just a hair more than Emory's 89.4. The two teams met earlier this year, with the Spartans pulling out a 90-86 win behind Sam Trunley's eight three-pointers and 33 points. The two teams have met 61 times before, with Emory having won 38 of the matchups. 

Carnegie Mellon also boasts a strong offense, averaging 80 points per game, which is the fourth highest in the UAA. The two met earlier this year, with Emory pulling out a 90-84 win behind 19 points from Pearce. However, the Tartans boast the UAA's leading scorer this year, with Justin Allen scoring 21.2 points per game on 47.3% shooting. Emory has taken on the Tartans 70 times before, with Emory winning 46 of those meetings, including 15 of the last 18. 


  • Friday, February 16th – at Case Western Reserve – 7:30 PM – Horsburgh Gymnasium (Cleveland, OH) 

  • Sunday, February 18th – at Carnegie Mellon – 12:00 PM – Wiegand Gymnasium (Pittsburgh, PA) 


  • Case Western Reserve 

  • Carnegie Mellon 


Track and Field: 

The Emory track and field teams will be back in action this weekend at the USC Invite at the University of South Carolina. The Eagles spent this past weekend scattered throughout the country, with some at the Samford Bulldog Open in Birmingham, Alabama and others in Boston, Massachusetts for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. 

The Eagles broke four program records over the weekend. In Boston, junior Marcus Cheema broke the program record in the 800m with a time of 1:51.78 and senior Spencer Watry claimed the program record in the mile with a time of 4:08.69. 

In Alabama, Kenya Sei broke the program record in the weight throw for the third time this season, this time recording a distance of 17.43m. Graduate student Nikki Boon traveled to Delaware, Ohio where she broke the program record in the Pentathlon with 3673 points. 

The Eagles will compete in the one-day event in Columbia this Saturday. This is the last meet before Emory will head north to the UAA Indoor Championships in a couple of weeks. 


  • Saturday, February 17th – USC Invite – All Day – University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) 


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