Schilling earns All-America honors

November 23, 2003

HANOVER, Ind. - Eileen Schilling of Centre College earned All-America honors Saturday at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships with a 35th-place finish.

Schilling emerged from a pack of eight runners in the final half-mile to take the final All-America spot - the top 35 finishers are named All-Americans - and cap a stellar freshman season.

"For a freshman to do that was tremendous," Centre coach Lisa Owens said.

Schilling was one of six freshmen in the field of 213 runners to earn the All-America distinction.

Schilling, who broke the school record at 5 kilometers earlier this season, broke her personal record on the 6-kilometer Hanover College course with a time of 22 minutes, 59 seconds.

Owens said Schilling was 42nd with half a mile to go, part of a pack of eight runners that would be separated by only two seconds in the battle for the final All-America position.


"It was a race to the end," Owens said. "I was yelling at her, and we had most of our team there telling her where she was. Near the finish she pulls out to the left and just passes the whole pack.

"She's a small girl - she only weighs about 85 pounds - but she had a motor inside her. I've not seen that kind of motivation and dedication in a freshman.

"She had a season most seniors would dream of, and she's just a freshman."


At Danville, Centre's men's and women's swim teams each went 2-1 in competition Friday and Saturday.

The men and women defeated Berea and Asbury in a double-dual meet Friday, when a school record fell in a women's relay, then lost to Cumberland on Saturday.

Saturday's meet was a close one, with Cumberland's men winning 130-83 and its women winning 114-100.

"It was a very good meet," Centre coach Dean Brownley said. "We swam very well. At this point in the season, I couldn't have expected much more."

Cumberland avenged an earlier loss to Centre in the Sewanee Invitational.

Will Adams was a triple winner for the Centre men, winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle and anchoring a win in the 400 freestyle relay.

"It was one of the most exciting relays I've been involved in," Brownley said.

Dustin Schulten won the diving competition and J.P. Isele won the 100 butterfly for the men, while the women got wins from Tina Maples in the 200 individual medley and Shannon Mockler in diving.

On Friday, Centre's men beat Berea 77-30 and Asbury 91-11, and the women beat Berea 87-14 and Asbury 64-38.

"We swam a lot of seasonal bests," Brownley said.

The women's 200 freestyle relay team of Ann Tarter, Lauren Rogers, Ellie Guy and Shannon Stribos broke a 5-year-old school record of 1:46.65 with their win.

The women also won the 400 medley relay and got individual wins from Maples (1,000 freestyle), Courtney Schulten (200 freestyle), Michelle Swiderski (200 individual medley), Tarter (100 freestyle), Stribos (50 freestyle), Allison Knott (100 backstroke) and Heidi Lampala (100 breaststroke).

For the men, Stephen Calender won the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Other winners were Adams (1,000 freestyle), Rob Goff (500 freestyle), Jason Woodall (100 freestyle), Matt Osborne (100 backstroke), Schulten (1- and 3-meter diving) and its 400 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.

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