Coming Up for Air
By Bill Shortell
Dick Fadgen’s initial impression of Rhodes swimmer Will Corvey?
“He won’t last a week,” said Fadgen, assistant swimming and diving coach at Rhodes.
However, by the end of the 2003-04 season, Fadgen and head swim coach and athletic director Mike Clary ’77 agreed: Corvey was the most improved swimmer on the team.
“It was unbelievable. He was an animal in the water,” said Fadgen.
A sophomore from Dallas, Corvey improved by 1:40 on his 1650 time for a season-best 19:27. He dropped 18 seconds off the 500 for a season-best 5:27. He swam the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes.
Swimming collegiately for the first time, it was Thanksgiving before Corvey (6-3, 165) began training.
He made a splash because of his aerobic conditioning and flexibility.
He runs cross country, indoor track (1500 and 3000 meters) and outdoor track (1500, 5000 and 10,000 meters).
Corvey is Rhodes’s first four-sport athlete in about 10 years said Clary.
In Dallas, Corvey studied yoga and practices it on his own. He said it makes him more flexible.
“It helps a lot knowing your body position,” he said.
At the Greenhill School in Addison, TX, he was all-conference in cross country and swimming and captained the rowing team.
“I always had variety. I like the combination. I’m always happiest at what I’m doing whether it’s running, swimming, biking, lifting. It’s something constant in my day,” said Corvey, who has registered for the Memphis in May triathlon.
His desire for running made a U-turn in the ninth grade. In middle school, he was “just trying to finish the race and have it not hurt as much,” he said. One day, while running around White Rock Lake in Dallas, he began to enjoy “running for running’s sake. That fueled my interest for running through high school.”
With continued training, Corvey should score in the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference swimming championships, said Clary. The Lynx finished 8th in the SCAC meet at Delta State in February.
Corvey’s goal is to qualify for the NCAA national championships by the time he is a senior.
Determination and mental focus have been keys, he said, in his ability to maintain academics and go from one activity to another without burning out.
Coming up for air, Corvey was academic All- SCAC in fall 2003 with a 3.4 grade point average. Majoring in Spanish and English composition, he plans to attend law school.
He is also a resident assistant at Townsend Hall and involved in student leadership organizations.
Corvey has further honed his flexibility, in more ways than one, through a theater dance class spring semester. He’s the only male in the class.
“I get picked on a lot. I’m totally out of my league,” he said.
Fine arts is nothing new for Corvey, 20. He studied classical piano from age 8 to 18.
“I want to find a way to make the best of everything around me and to make the best of my ability,” he said. “I’m one of those people who thrives under stress. The more stress I’m under, the calmer I get. That’s why I want to do as much as I can.”
Dressed to Kill
By Bill Shortell
Putting on her red and black Rhodes volleyball uniform, Laura Borg is dressed to kill.
An outside hitter, Borg earned All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors for the third straight season after leading the Lynx in kills with 332.
A senior from Lexington, KY, Borg finished her career with 1,333 kills, third most in school history. Her 2.92 kills per game in 2003 was a team-high. Her 2.84 kills per game average ranks fifth all-time.
Borg is a student athlete to die for.
A biology/religious studies major, she was third team Academic All-American this past season and has been Academic All-SCAC for four years. She has a 3.7 GPA.
During her volleyball career, she has wanted to play smart.
“A smart player will get the point every time,” said Borg (5-9). “Being smart is more important than being physical. You can get blocked out the wazoo regardless of how strong you are.”
Borg was among the first players coach Samantha Lambert recruited. She was all-state her junior and senior years at Henry Clay High School. Borg, 22, has played volleyball since she was 9.
Defense, a desire to win, enthusiasm and motivation were among qualities that Borg brought to the table, said Andé McDaniel, the team’s only other senior and Borg’s roommate. Selflessness also contributed to Borg’s leadership, she said.
Leadership, which Borg calls her strength, is the ability to give and to take direction.
“I’m really driven to compete. To be an effective player takes inner drive and the ability to respect players. A player can only get better based on the players around them.”
Borg is a leader off the court. She is treasurer of Mortar Board, a leadership society, and scholarship chair for Kappa Delta sorority.
On the court, Borg helped the Lynx achieve their best record of Lambert’s tenure (23-15) and gain their highest conference seeding (fourth).
They defeated DePauw for the first time. During the SCAC crossover weekend, where west division teams played east division, Rhodes went 5-0. The DePauw victory and a victory over Centre, which came on the same day, made it a day “I’ll remember forever,” said Borg.
Her athletic and academic careers at Rhodes have helped her realize what she is passionate about.
Medicine, pediatrics, children and “working with people who can’t help themselves” fuel her passion, she said.
She has interned at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and at Methodist-LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.
As her Rhodes career ends, Borg said she faces it with mixed emotions.
“I accomplished what I set out to do. I will take that and I’ll put it into something else. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.”
Lynx Win Golf Tourney
With a team score of 289, the Rhodes men’s golf team won the Pizza Hut/BellSouth Intercollegiate Golf Tournament Feb. 22 at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Philadelphia, MS. The Lynx won by 13 shots over second-place University of Indiana at Purdue (302) and 13 shots over third-place William and Mary (303).
John Jennison ’07 won his first collegiate tournament with his 2 under par round of 70. Chris Thompson ’05 tied for second with 1 under par 71.