Four Centre runners earn All-SCAC honors

October 31, 2004

Eileen Schilling took second place in the women's race and the Centre College men were second in their team competition Saturday in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships at Jackson, Miss.

Schilling finished 13 seconds behind three-time conference champion Natalie Shaffer of DePauw.

"She wanted that win so bad," Centre coach Lisa Owens said. "They were side by side throughout the whole race, but (Shaffer) pretty much outkicked Eileen at the end."

Schilling was one of four Colonels who earned all-SCAC honors by finishing in the top 14, along with Lauren Arnold, Mark Noll and Nate Blank.

Noll and Blank led the Centre men to a finish two places higher than a year ago. The only team ahead of the Colonels, DePauw, is ranked 10th in the nation.


"We were OK with that," Owens said. "We were going to go after the win as much as possible, but we knew that a second-place finish might be inevitable."

Noll was third and Blank was eighth, and Owens noted that Centre is the only one of the top SCAC men's teams that doesn't lose any of its top five runners to graduation.

"We're a pretty good team right now, but we're going to be much better," she said.

Anthony Lippert, a Mercer County High School graduate, was 16th for the Centre men, while Arnold was 12th for the women.


At Danville, Centre swept Warren Wilson Friday, with the men winning 128-15 and the women winning 156-34.

Centre swimmers won every race.

"Warren Wilson is in a very similar spot that Centre was in a few years ago, really just down on numbers," Centre coach Dean Brownley said. "We tried to back off as much as we could without being disrespectful to them."

Winners for the Centre women included Tina Maples (1,000-yard freestyle), Jillian Dove (200 freestyle), Courtney Schulten (50 freestyle), Jessica Walther (200 individual medley), Emily Anderson (100 butterfly), Lauren Rogers (100 freestyle), Audrey Rogers (100 backstroke), Michelle Swiderski (500 freestyle) and Katie Creel (100 breaststroke).

The Centre men had two dual winners: Matt Shuey in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle races and Brad Ison in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle. Other men's winners were Alex Brown (50 freestyle), Stephen Calender (200 individual medley), Patrick Lee (100 free-style), Will Adams (100 backstroke) and Travis Penix (100 breaststroke).

Centre's men and women were 1-2 in both the medley and freestyle relays.


At Danville, Centre won its first two matches Saturday in its Halloween Bash tournament.

The Colonels opened with a 30-22, 30-25, 30-19 win over Roanoke.

Sarah Burger had 14 kills, Whitney Faust had 10, Danielle Norman had nine and Kate Bennett had eight in that match, while Leah Ballinger had 38 assists. Bennett had five service aces and Faust had three, and Megan McElveen had 12 digs.

The Colonels won a thrilling second game en route to a 30-18, 34-32, 30-26 win over Washington & Lee.

"I haven't seen them play with that much intensity, probably since the second or third week of the season," Centre coach Stephanie Dragan said.

Dragan said Shannon Stribos played well at the net after being inserted into the lineup.

"Shannon did a great job stepping up for the team and blocking," she said.

Burger had 17 kills, Ballinger had 40 assists, McElveen had 14 digs and Bennett had three aces.

Centre (24-9) plays today against East Texas Baptist at 11 a.m. and Thomas More at 3 p.m.

Men's Soccer

At Georgetown, Texas, Centre (10-4-2, 3-3-1 SCAC) lost 1-0 to Southwestern (9-5-3, 5-1-1) on a goal following a Centre corner kick in the second half.

Ramsey Smith scored for Southwestern after Chris Creger's corner kick went directly to Southwestern's Jose Lauro Davalos.

Centre coach Jeb Burch said the Colonels faced a defensive-minded team for the third straight game.

They played with eight people backed up into their area, and I think our kids showed a little frustration today," Burch said. "But we did not have the quality that is necessary to pull games out like this."

Centre plays at No. 1-ranked Trinity today. The Tigers have been ranked at No. 1 in Division III for 22 straight weeks, and they have just broken the consecutive wins record for all NCAA divisions with their 40th straight win.

The Colonels outshot Southwestern 8-5, and Creger had four saves.

Women's Soccer

At Georgetown, Texas, Southwestern (8-5-3, 6-0-1 SCAC) scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute to hand Centre (3-6-3, 2-3-2) a 2-1 loss.

Kim Lacy scored for Centre off a Maggie Ray assist 1:20 into the game.

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