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Larsen, McLeod, Reis, and Striplin Named Georgia Tech Student-Athletes of the Week

Nov. 7, 2005

Kevin Larsen, Mari McLeod, Chris Reis, and Christy Striplin were named Georgia Tech Student-Athletes of the Week for Monday, November 7, 2005.

Larsen, a junior from Santa Barbara, Calif., posted his fourth top-10 finish in four fall events over the weekend by placing fifth fifth individually at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga. Larsen posted a 54-hole score of 211, five shots under par and six shots off the lead, including a six-under-par 66 in his middle round.

McLeod, a freshman from Kalamazoo, Mich. led Georgia Tech to a pair of wins over ACC foe NC State and New Orleans last Saturday afternoon in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. McLeod clocked a season-best time of 52.71 to capture the 100-yard freestyle. She then swam legs on the first-place relay teams of the 400 medley and 400 free, posting a season best mark of 3:57.39 in the medley relay. McLeod finished the afternoon with three first-place finishes to pace the Yellow Jackets.

Reis, a senior from Roswell, Ga., turned in an outstanding effort Georgia Tech’s win over Wake Forest, which made the Yellow Jackets bowl eligible for the ninth straight year. Reis had a season-high 13 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and an interception. Just before the half, with Tech holding a 14-3 lead but Wake Forest on the move, he grabbed an interception and returned it 39 yards to the Wake 31-yard line to set up a field goal. Reis’ interception was his second of the season and No. 16 by the Tech defense, which ranks third in the nation in interceptions and fifth in turnover margin. Reis was a key figure as the Tech defense held the ACC’s top rushing team to just 100 yards on the ground, less than half its average of 215 yards per game, and 260 total yards. The Jackets limited league rushing leader Chris Barclay (averaging 124 yards per game) to just 24 yards on 15 carries.

Striplin, a freshman from Birmingham, Ala., won the Black Draw Singles Title at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic. On the way to the title, she dropped just six games in three matches, with a 6-2, 6-2 win over FSU’s Whitney Ebor in the first round, a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Jennifer Ryba in the quarterfinals, and a 6-1, 6-1 win against San Diego’s Jenny Brown in the final. Striplin is now 7-2 in singles athis fall.

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