Swimming Convincing, Golf Caps Season in Second Place


Corey Rome

The eight lane, deep water swimming pool at Palladium’s Athletic Facility is open for free swim during select hours throughout the week.

Michael Thompson, Staff Writer

Inclement weather spared most of the NYU sports teams, as the fall schedule continued on as planned. Here’s a quick look at the Violets’ action from this weekend.

Cross Country

The cross-country season continued over the weekend at the Metropolitan Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Freshman Connor Riley led the men to a seventh-place finish, while the women finished eighth.

Riley finished 35th with a time of 28:10.9, and averaged about 5:30 per mile. Sophomore Julian Marrufo crossed at 29:01.7.

The women finished with similar results. Junior Emily Dethlefs finished with the lowest time for her squad, finishing in 20:31.9, good enough for 36th. Meanwhile, junior Lara Dorsky finished second amongst Violets, crossing the line at 20:40.

The squad returns to action this weekend in at the the Pre-Atlantic Regional in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf concluded its fall schedule with a tight second-place finish at the Manhattanville Invitational in Westchester, New York this weekend. The Violets lost by just one stroke to Skidmore after being tied for first after the first day of competition. Jensen Li improved five strokes on Sunday to finish second in the overall competition with a nine-over score of 151. Freshman Matt Shen and sophomore Lucas Oberholtzer both cracked the top-10, finishing fourth and ninth respectively.

The men will return to action in the second week of March when they compete in the UAA Championship tournament. The women’s team returns once more in October, hosting the NYU Invitational this weekend in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Swimming and Diving

NYU’s swimming and diving team returned to the pool on Saturday, handily defeating SUNY Cortland in their season opening splash at the Palladium Athletic Facility. The women decimated their competition, sweeping all 16 events en route to a 205-87 win, while the men were nearly as dominant, winning 196-95.

Four first-year swimmers won two events apiece for the women. The team’s anchor, senior captain Elise Gibbs, also contributed to the sweep, placing first in the 50-yard freestyle (24.73) and 200-yard backstroke (2:26.86).

On the men’s side, sophomore Connor Brisson broke the NYU record in the three-meter diving event with a score of 357.58. Junior Tim Kou dominated the 100 and 200-yard freestyles (46.91 and 1:42.68).

The team will be back at Palladium this Saturday against West Chester University.

Women’s Volleyball

The women’s volleyball only played once this weekend, dropping a highly contested battle against Hunter on Friday in Brooklyn (25-16, 25-15, 13-25, 31-33, 8-15). Down two sets, Hunter came back with a dominant set of its own in the third, setting the stage for an epic fourth set. Down early, Hunter tied the fourth at 18. The set ended in furious fashion, with numerous lead changes and eight ties, but Hunter survived. The Violets went quietly in the fifth to fall to 13-7 on the year.

Junior and freshman middle blockers Rayne Ellis and Sabrina Krebs finished with 11 kills each, while sophomore and freshman setters Katie Goyette and Zel Forston combined for 38 assists. The Violets hope to bounce back this weekend at Brandeis, where they will compete in the UAA Round Robin #2 event.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 11 print edition. Email Michael Thompson at [email protected].