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CSFL recognizes Sprint's Gannon

Penn sprint football running back Mark Gannon was named the Collegiate Sprint Football League's Offensive Player of the Week yesterday after a stellar performance in the Quakers' stirring 20-16 win over Army last Friday. The Red and Blue sophomore gained a total of 107 yards against the Cadets, becoming the first Army opponent this year to rush for triple digits. Gannon also scored two pivotal touchdowns on the evening. The win over perennial power Army puts Penn on the fast track to a CSFL crown, its third in the last five seasons. Penn has guaranteed itself a share of the title, and a win over Princeton -- a team that has already lost to the Quakers 29-0 this season -- at Franklin Field tomorrow night at 7:30 would give the Red and Blue the championship outright. A victory tomorrow would also put the finishing touches on the first undefeated season in the history of Penn sprint football. Gannon's award this week is the second such honor that he has received this season. He was also named Player of the Week on September 26 after a blowout win over Cornell. -- Will Ulrich

Holleran named Coach of the Year

Penn women's squash coach Demer Holleran received one of her sport's highest honors earlier this week when the U.S. Squash Racquets Association named her the National Coach of the Year. Holleran coached her Quakers to a national championship last year. After selecting Holleran for this award, USSRA President Eben Hardie praised the much-decorated player and leader. "She is an extraordinary athlete with an incredible record at every level of squash and fast developing a coaching record to match it," Hardie said. Holleran has had one of the most successful careers in the history of the sport thus far, amassing a total of 16 individual singles championships and 11 doubles titles as a player. In her eight-year tenure in West Philadelphia, Holleran has improved the Penn program tremendously, leading her team to an undefeated season in 1999-2000. Her recruiting efforts are also global in scope, having collected a team that spans three continents. -- W.U.

Kirch honored by U.S. Rowing

U.S. Rowing, in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee, announced earlier this week that head Penn women's crew coach Barb Kirch is U.S. Rowing's Developmental Coach of the Year. Kirch led the women's four to a gold medal at the 2000 Nation's Cup in Denmark this summer. This was Kirch's first year working with a team that was heading for the Nation's Cup, the under-23 world championship. She served as the head coach of the U.S. women's junior national team from 1997 until 1999. Kirch is in her fourth season at the helm of the Penn women's rowing program. She led the varsity eight to a 6-4 record last season, their best since 1990. -- W.U.
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