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FACES IN THE CROWD

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Elise Garcia | Whittier, Calif. | Swimming

Elise, a sophomore at Crean Lutheran High in Irvine, won the 50-yard freestyle (23.54) and the 100 butterfly (54.29) and anchored two winning relays to be named female swimmer of the meet at the 44th annual Foothill Swim Games in Santa Ana. In March she qualified for the Olympic trials in the 100-meter fly (1:01.09) and 50-meter free (25.93).

Tucker Bradley | Chickamauga, Ga. | Baseball

Tucker, a senior lefthander at Gordon Lee High, threw a five-inning complete game and hit for the cycle to lead the Trojans to a 14--1 victory over the Darlington School. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the second, tripled in the third and hit a homer in the fourth. Tucker ended the season with a .552 average and 1.12 ERA. He will play at Auburn.

Emma Goldthorpe | Portage, Wis. | Archery

Emma, a freshman at Portage High, shot a 10 in the third tiebreaker at the National Archery in Schools Program state tournament; her bull's-eye gave her the girls' title with a score of 295, a Wisconsin record for girls and boys. At the same tournament she took second in the International Bowhunting Organization 3-D shoot (280).

Robert Iron Shell | Le Mars, Iowa | Track and Field

Iron Shell, a junior at NAIA Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, and a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Rosebud, S.D.), won the 400 meters in 47.88 at the Sioux City Relays. A week later he won the 100 (10.57) and 200 (21.41) at the Red Raider Open to become the first sprinter in program history to qualify for nationals in all three events.

Hailey Lunderman | Philadelphia, Miss. | Softball

Lunderman, a freshman shortstop at Ole Miss, went 2 for 2 in a 5--0 win over Alabama-Birmingham to reach 64 hits this season, setting a freshman school record. The only Rebel to start every game, she was batting a team-high .369 at week's end. Lunderman is a National Fastpitch Coaches Association D-I freshman of the year award finalist.

Christian Smith | Massapequa, N.Y. | Volleyball

Smith, a senior setter at SUNY--New Paltz, had 51 assists and 11 digs to lead the Hawks to a 3--1 win over Springfield College for the school's first championship in any sport. The American Volleyball Coaches Association D-III player of the year, Smith was named the tournament MVP. He finished with 2,972 career assists, third most in program history.

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STEPHEN GARCIA (GARCIA)

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JAN WRIGHT (BRADLEY)

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GALLEY STUDIO (GOLDTHORPE)

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BRANDON FOOTE/BCU (IRON SHELL)

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OLE MISS ATHLETICS/JOSHUA MCCOY (LUNDERMAN)

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IAN HART/NEW PALTZ DIGITAL MEDIA (SMITH)