Weekend Recap: Swimming Sets Record


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With 56 people competing, junior Alyssa Poentis led all golfers at the NYU Invitational with a score of 77.

Michael Thompson, Staff Writer

The world of NYU athletics is a busy one, and that was on full display again this weekend as the Violets competed around the island. The women’s golf season finished its first half, while cross country, swimming and diving, and volleyball forged ahead into mid-October.

Cross Country

The NYU cross country team traveled to southern New Jersey’s most popular college on Saturday, competing in the Rowan University Inter-Regional Boarder Battle. In a day of mixed results, the men impressed with a fifth place finish in a crowded field of 43, while the women placed 30th.

Jorge Maldonado continued his strong senior campaign, finishing the 8K event in sixth place in a field of 383 runners with a time of 23:38.3, the Violets’ best time of the afternoon. Junior Max Mudd, who has also been a steady member of the team this season, finished about 50 seconds behind Maldonado, which was good enough for 38th.

In what’s becoming a trend for the women’s squad, junior Lara Dorsky finished first for the Violets, crossing the finish line of the 6K event with a time of 23:04.4.

The next stage of the season begins on Oct. 29, when the Violets travel to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the UAA Championship, hosted by Emory University.

Swimming and Diving

The Violets kept their momentum in the pool, outclassing West Chester University on Saturday at the Palladium Athletic Facility for their second victories of the season. The men remained dominant with a stellar 190-110 victory, while the women were nearly as convincing winning 181.5-118.5.

The women’s squad took eight of 14 events as young talent continued to make its presence felt. Freshman Carmen White finished first in the one-meter diving competition and second in the three-meter contest, with scores of 292.28 and 256.36, respectively.

Not to be outdone, the men took 10 out of 14 events, including a spectacular performance by junior Tim Kou. Kou set a new Palladium record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.27, while finishing first in three other events as well.

The Violets return to the Palladium pool in three weeks when they host the NYU Fall Invitational against the Stevens Institute of Technology and Ursinus College.

Women’s Golf

The fall golf season came to an end this weekend, as junior Alyssa Poentis and the women’s golf team finished its first half with a fourth-place performance at the NYU Invitational at the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Poentis was steady, topping the leaderboard with a 12-over 156. Though she only birdied twice in two days, Poentis finished the weekend with 22 pars and edged Amherst’s Jessica Jeong by one stroke. Sophomore Patty Treevichaphan finished two strokes behind Poentis.

With the first leg of the season over, the Violets will return to the course in March at the UAA Championship tournament in Palm Beach, Florida.

Women’s Volleyball

In a crucial late-weekend slate, the women’s volleyball team struggled. They dropped three out of four matches to conference opponents at the UAA Round Robin #2 competition.

The trip to Massachusetts was a difficult one, as Carnegie Mellon, the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis swept the Violets in consecutive matches. However, the Violets finished the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Brandeis University (25-21, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22) and are now 14-10 on the season.

Their first set victory against Brandeis broke a stretch of 12 consecutive sets lost. The Violets made sure to conclude the weekend on a positive note. Freshman middle blocker Sabrina Krebs notched 11 kills apiece, while second-year setter  Kathryn Goyette had 39 assists against Brandeis.

With a few days off between matches, the Violets will look to get back on track Wednesday when they host Stevens Institute of Technology in Brooklyn.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 17 print edition. Email Michael Thompson at [email protected]