Sports Update: The Winter Action

During their game on Sunday against the University of Chicago, freshman Ted Georgiadis scored 12 points.

While Violets went home to various corners of the world, NYU’s varsity athletes shot hoops from all corners of the court, dove to new heights and wrestled out some wins. Here is a roundup of all the winter sports still in session during January.

Men’s Basketball

Head coach Joe Nesci earned his 500th win while leading the NYU men’s basketball team, thanks to a 70-67 win over Brooklyn College.

NYU took a couple more losses before 2016 came to an end, like the rest of us.


The new year wasn’t great for the Violets either, as they have dropped all their games of 2017 but one, coming on Jan. 13 against Case Western Reserve University.

The Violets hope to get back on the upswing against the University of Rochester this Friday, Jan. 27.

Women’s Basketball

Franklin and Marshall College beat NYU 56-55 on Friday, Dec. 30. This was the first loss of a regular season, non-conference game out of 43 chances. NYU would go on to beat Johns Hopkins 75-65 while playing at home on Monday, Jan. 2, beginning 2017 strong. They would go on to deal with a roller coaster of wins and losses throughout January, but have lost their last four straight.


NYU’s wrestling team beat the United States Merchant Marine Academy 29-11 and Nassau Community College 28-12 on Saturday, Dec. 10 during the Mariner Duals hosted by USMMA.

NYU lost 25-19 to Baldwin Wallace University and beat Wheaton College 21-20 during the first day of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Multi-Divisional National Duals on Thursday, Jan. 5. NYU lost 27-13 to Ferrum College during the second day of Duals, and while the team lost, freshman Sam Schwartzapfel, senior John Messinger and freshman Kevin Ford each wrestled out three straight wins.

Men’s Fencing

NYU won the 2017 January North American Cup on Jan. 6-9 at The Ohio State University. Seeded second, they placed first out of 12 teams, and sophomore Grant Williams placed ninth after he lost to the eventual champion.

At the Philadelphia Invitational on Jan. 21, NYU beat University of North Carolina (16-11), Drew University (19-8), Haverford College (21-6) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (17-10), like the women’s team, losing only to the University of Pennsylvania (14-13). Williams swept his sabre for a 12-1 victory.

After a solid victory against Wayne State University (24-3), the team lost the remaining two matches against University of Notre Dame (17-10) and St. John’s University (14-13).

Women’s Fencing

During the North American Cup at The Ohio State University, the women’s sabre team placed third.

NYU then took five out of six matches at the Philadelphia Invitational, beating Fairleigh Dickinson University (20-7), Drew University (17-10), Sacred Heart University (20-7), Haverford College (22-5), and New Jersey Institute of Technology (23-4). Several fencers flourished at the competition, with the team’s only loss coming at the hands of UPenn (22-5).

The team suffered tough losses against the University of Notre Dame (22-5) and St. John’s University (14-13) at Columbia University, after a promising 17-10 victory against Wayne State University.

Track and Field

Accra native and Columbia graduate Nadia Eke joined the NYU track and field team as the new assistant coach on Tuesday, Dec. 13, herself an accomplished athlete. She will mainly work with the team’s jumpers.

NYU women’s track and field competed in the Ramapo Season Opener to start their season on Friday, Jan. 13. At the Armory in Manhattan, senior Dana Placentra set a career-best pole vaulting height of 3.25 meters and junior Megan Davis set a personal record in the mile with a time of 5:30:37.

On Jan. 21, NYU competed at the SPIRE North Coast Indoor Open hosted by Carnegie Mellon University where the men’s and women’s teams both took fifth place.

Next up is the Villanova Invitational this Friday, Jan. 27.

Swimming and Diving

NYU women’s swimming and diving beat Massachusetts Institute of Technology 185-109 and Johns Hopkins University 153-103 during a tri-meet on Friday, Jan. 13. The men were unable to replicate this success.

NYU men’s swimming beat Springfield College 174-102 on Saturday, Jan. 14 while competing in the Prides’ home pool. The women did the same, leading 189-108.

The women’s swimming and diving team defeated Long Island University, Post 118.5-71.5 on Friday, Jan. 20 while playing away.

Men’s Volleyball

NYU won its first game of the season at home against Benedictine University in five sets: 17-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-27, 15-11.

NYU beat Dominican University 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 on Friday, Jan. 20 during its two-match midwest road trip.

NYU then continued their winning streak against Carthage College the following Saturday, putting them at 3-0 this season.

Additional reporting by Easton Self.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Jan. 23 print edition. Email Diamond Naga Siu at [email protected]



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