Riverside's Greene caps strong career at Emory
East Chapel Hill High School alumn and Olympic bronze medalist Nick McCrory recently capped an incredible Duke career with his fourth consecutive ACC Diver of the Year award.
A contemporary PAC-6 4-A diver, Sarah Greene of Riverside High, also finished an outstanding college career at Division III Emory University.
Greene, a 2010 Riverside grad, earned Division III all-America honors after finishing eighth in the 1-meter springboard and honorable mention all-America with a 10th place finish on the 3-meter springboard at the NCAA D-III Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis.
Greene helped Emory’s women’s swimming and diving team to its fifth consecutive D-III national championship.
In her four years at Emory, she posted at least one NCAA Championships qualifying mark each year, although a team travel limit of 18 qualifiers left her home for her first two seasons.
She won 15 conference (University Athletic Association) Athlete of the Week awards over her four years including six as a senior. She was this year’s UAA Diver of the Year and holds the Emory record for an 11-dive meet on the 1-meter board of 464.0 at 2014 UAA Championship. She broke her own record three times.
Greene was named Collegiate Swim Coaches Association Scholar All-American in 2013 and 2014 and Honorable Mention Scholar All-American in 2011 and 2012
Her work on dry land is also notable. She’s held leadership positions in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Emory all four years she’s been in school and co-chaired the event his year.
Sarah will graduate this spring with dual degrees — a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in Spanish — and plans to apply to medical school after taking a “gap” year to pursue other interests.
Former Jordan High School fullback Josh Williams, who played under then-Falcons coach Mike Briggs through the 2010 season and has played at Guilford College the last three seasons, is putting together his own combine for Triad players who might escape the eye of college recruiters.
His invitation-only “Janesh” combine for Greensboro-area rising junior and senior football players on May 3 at Guilford College will allow those players to compete among themselves and showcase their talent for college coaches.
The rising-senior business major said he hopes the event will help “undiscovered athletes ... prove that they should be considered as (among) the top in the area” and “that the top performers at the combine can start get recognized locally ... in hopes (that) will trickle up to college scouts when recruiting the Triad area.”
Williams said he has personally battled to be recognized by recruiters.
“It is a cold business, but business it is,” he said, adding, “I want to stand behind our athletes and catapult them on a national stage to the eyes of recruiters.”
On the field, the 5-foot-8, 190-pound Williams became a fulltime starter as a junior, starting 10 games for the Quakers at fullback and on special teams. Because of the Quakers’ offense, he served as a blocking back and a receiver. He didn’t record a carry as a junior, but caught 11 passes for 94 yards and four touchdowns as a threat out of the backfield.