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SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Anna Dobben scores pool medals for Emory University

AnnDobben Emory University. | Supplied photo

Anna Dobben, of Emory University. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 15, 2013 6:54AM



The first four months of 2013 have been very good to Emory swimmer Anna Dobben.

Earlier this year, the Flossmoor resident was named the Swimmer of the Year in the University Athletic Association as the Eagles captured the UAA team title.

If that weren’t enough, Dobben also was key in Emory’s winning the 2013 NCAA Division III championship that was held from March 20 through 23 in Shenandoah, Texas. It was the Eagles’ fourth consecutive national title and sixth overall.

At the NCAAs, Dobben won two individual national championships while also garnering All-American accolades in six events (four relays and two individual).

Dobben swam the anchor leg of the Eagles’ 400-yard freestyle relay, which won the event with a Division III record time of 3 minutes, 21.28 seconds. She also was the anchor on the Eagles’ championship-winning 200 freestyle relay, recording a time of 1:32.93.

The Homewood-Flossmoor graduate also swam the freestyle leg on Emory’s 200 medley relay, which finished second in 1:42.99, and the first leg on the 800 freestyle relay, which finished third in 7:20.85.

Dobben’s best individual finish came in the 200 free, in which she was the runner-up in 1:48.64.

She also earned an individual All-American honor with a fourth-place finish in the 100 free (50.41 seconds), and set a school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.84 seconds, winning the consolation finals to earn an honorable mention certificate.

The senior finished her Emory swimming career with four national championships, 12 All-American honors and one honorable mention during her two years an Eagle.

Fulfilling a ‘Need’

Fairfield senior guard Derek Needham (De La Salle) was chosen to the 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region Team. Needham also earned the same honor last season.

In addition, Needham was named to the 2012-13 All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Second Team. The Dolton resident earned All-MAAC accolades in each of his four seasons at Fairfield.

Needham finished his career as one of the top basketball players in Fairfield history, landing third all-time in both scoring (1,875 points) and assists (535). Needham averaged a team-high 14.4 points and added a team-high 108 assists in 34 starts this season.

Needham became the Stags’ all-time leading three-point shooter during the season, drilling 74 treys and raising his career total to 277.

Corcoran at Carthage

Marist graduate Cailee Corcoran was one of two Carthage College women’s basketball players named to the 2012-13 All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin First Team.

The 5-foot-10 senior guard was sixth in CCIW scoring (13.5 points per game), third in rebounding (8.9 per game), eighth in field-goal percentage (.506), eighth in blocked shots (0.62 per game) and ninth in steals (1.93 per game).

Corcoran, who earned All-CCIW Second Team honors as a junior, scored in double figures in 23 of 29 games this season and had a career-best 30 points against North Central in the semifinals of the CCIW Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The Oak Lawn resident finished ninth on Carthage’s all-time scoring list with 1,221 career points.



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