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Men’s Fencer Competes in Tokyo 2020 Qualifier

Men’s and women’s swimming & diving opened their seasons with wins against Rowan University, and men’s and women’s soccer shut out their opponents this weekend.
Sophomore Tiffany Luong competes at the NCAA Fencing Championships. (Via NYU Athletics)

Men’s Fencing

CAS senior Grant Williams competed in the NAC North American Cup in Kansas City, Missouri last weekend. The tournament gives out points, which fencers use to make it to qualification rounds for the U.S. Olympic team. Williams, who competed in the Division I men’s sabre event, did well in the round robin stage and earned a first-round bye in the knockout stages. From there, he won his first four rounds of the tournament, but fell to Rio silver medalist Daryl Homer 15-12. This put Williams in a tie for third place at the end of the weekend. 

After sitting out last year to train for the Olympics, Williams will rejoin the team for its next tournament, the Temple University Open on Sunday.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

The women’s swimming & diving team opened its season on Friday with an exhibition match against the University of Toronto. Four swimmers took home top-five finishes, including Steinhardt first-year Tillie Lewis’ third place in the 1,000-yard freestyle, CAS junior Sydney Catron’s third place in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, Steinhardt first-year Isabella Brosvik’s third place in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and CAS junior Erica Yuen’s fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly. NYU’s relay teams picked up third in the 200-yard medley relay and second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. 

On Saturday, the swimmers officially opened their season at Rowan University, winning the meet 199-101. First place finishers included Catron in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke, Stern senior Honore Collins in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard breaststroke and Brosvik in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly. CAS senior Carmen White also won both the one- and three-meter dives. 

The Violets return to the pool on Friday, Nov. 8 for the NYU invitational at Palladium Athletic Facility. 

Men’s Swimming & Diving

The men’s side of the swimming & diving team also won its first meet Saturday, also against Rowan. The 180-120 victory was spearheaded by first-place performances from CAS sophomore Graham Chatoor in the 1,000- and 500-yard freestyles, CAS sophomore Justin Lum in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and Stern junior Elan Oumarov in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly. NYU divers came in second in the two diving events. Steinhardt senior Nick Lemieux placed second in the one-meter dive, and Rory Myers sophomore Cole Vertin was second in the three-meter dive. 

The men continue their season on Friday, Oct. 8 at the NYU Fall Invitational at Palladium. 

Women’s Soccer

The Violets snapped their three-game losing streak on Saturday, routing the College of Staten Island 5-0. The game was even until CAS sophomore Ellie Marks opened the scoring in the 51st minute. Stern sophomore Spritle Hirano followed suit in the 53rd minute to extend the lead. Then, in the 55th minute, Marks got her second of the game on an assist from Liberal Studies first-year Gabriella Funk. Scoring tapered off for seven minutes until two more goals came from Stern first-year Cora Creighton in the 62nd minute and CAS senior Jade Keane in the 66th on an assist from Gallatin first-year Hadley Bushala. 

The now 10-5 Violets will look to carry this momentum to upstate New York on Friday when they face off against the University of Rochester. 

Men’s Soccer

On Saturday, the men’s soccer team looked to rebound after losing its first in eight games to the University of Chicago last Sunday. They did just that against Mount St. Mary College, beating the Knights 4-0 and snapping their eight-game winning streak. The scoring started early for the Violets. Stern junior Santiago Huertas scored in the third minute off an assist from LS junior Maxi Rodriguez. NYU padded their lead in the 31st and 36th minutes on goals from Stern first-year Evan Lewis and CAS sophomore Vincent Bulzoni, who scored on an assist from Stern junior Matteo Russo. CAS first-year Talal Said capped the scoring at four in the 64th minute on an assist from SPS senior Ben Green. The Knights were only allowed seven shots in the game.

NYU will return to the pitch on Friday to take on Rochester on the road. 

Email Benjamin Michael Davis at [email protected].

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Benjamin Michael Davis
Benjamin Michael Davis, Deputy Sports Editor
WSN’s most bitter midwesterner is a sophomore in CAS studying Politics who has embraced a lifestyle and schedule founded upon his love of chaos. You can often find him out until 6 or 7 a.m. and awake again by 9 or 10. Why does he average less than four hours of sleep each night? How does he spend these hours awake? Typically by wandering the streets, working on essays he should’ve started weeks ago or loudly questioning why people don’t believe in such obvious inevitabilities as climate change or the Twins winning the next three World Series.

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