Best of 2013 Web Stories: Athletics
December 19, 2013 By Mariel Smith and Cindy Long
As 2013 comes to an end, we’re looking back on the most popular web stories from the Centre homepage, based on Google analytics. (To view the entire 2013 web archive, click here.) Here are the top three most popular stories about athletics at Centre—more of which can be found on the athletics webpage:
1. Centre's Jordan Gay ’13 lands free-agent contract with Carolina Panthers
Going into the NFL draft, CBS Sports listed Gay as the 15th ranked kicker among 2013 prospects. Holding seven school records and a collection of national distinctions, Gay earned recognition as an All-American and a three-time conference Special Teams Player of the Year during his time at Centre. He finished his senior season as the Southern Athletic Association's first-team kicker, punter and Special Teams Player of the Year, boasting a 44.8-yard average and a long of 59 yards on 34 punts, landing seven of those inside the 20.
2. Kyle Poland ’02 swims the English Channel to fight cancer
Swimming the English Channel is an accomplishment of which to be exceedingly proud, and Kyle Poland ’02, who successfully made the crossing on August 1, certainly is. But his swim means more than simply being added to the list of elite athletes who make the 21-mile open water journey—it means saving lives by funding research on a rare form of cancer.
3. Chelsea Klein ’14 named Field Hockey First Team All-American
Centre's field hockey team has been in the headlines frequently this season, especially when it made the NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament. Only increasing the pride and achievement of the team's season is the news that Chelsea Klein ’14 has been named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA)/Longstreth DIII First Team All-American. The long title boils down to this: Klein is the best field hockey player in the entire Division III lineup.