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Swimming and Diving Teams Win NYU Fall Open

Men’s fencing and both basketball teams opened their seasons. Women’s volleyball and both soccer teams finished their seasons. Wrestling and men’s cross country competed in meets this weekend.
Stern Senior Honore Collins swims for NYU Women’s Swimming & Diving team. (via NYU Athletics)

Men’s Fencing

The men’s fencing team opened its season at the Temple University Open last Sunday. While there was no team scoring, many Violets were successful. In the foil, LS first-year Owen McKenna and Stern first-year Miles Field finished first and third in their first collegiate tournament. Stern senior Eric Zobel placed 10th in the event. CAS junior Sam Bekker finished eighth in epee, and five Violets took home top-10 spots in saber. Tandon first-year Darren Yen was also competing in his first collegiate tournament, and he came in third. Gallatin junior Zachary Schindler, Stern first-year Nick Han, CAS sophomore Bradley Kaufman and Stern first-year Jamie Ren took home sixth through ninth place in the event. 

The Violets next tournament will be against Columbia University in the Top of the Park Clash on Thursday. 

Women’s Volleyball

The Violets entered the UAA Championship in Chicago as the fourth seed this weekend. NYU then went 1-2 on the tournament, sweeping the University of Rochester and being swept by Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University. The tournament opened on Friday, when the Violets were swept 25-15, 25-15, 25-17 by Carnegie Mellon.  

Later on Friday, NYU beat Rochester 25-18, 25-12, 25-15. The Violets only trailed once in the match in the third set. Team leaders included Stern first-year Haley Holz with 12 kills, Stern first-year Nicole Dao with 18 assists and CAS junior Jacqueline Kupeli with 16 digs. In their one game on Saturday, the Violets fell to Case Western Reserve 25-23, 25-16, 29-27.

This could be NYU’s last match of the season, as they wait for a potential ECAC tournament bid. 

Men’s Swimming

Both the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams hosted the NYU Fall Invitational against Princeton University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Drew University this weekend, and both NYU teams won their meet. Day one of the men’s side was on Friday. NYU won the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays and three individual races. CAS sophomore Graham Chatoor won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.65. Stern sophomore Jacob Haines won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.05, and Stern sophomore John Piccinic won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.59. On day two, Tandon junior Josh Rine won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:54.35. Chatoor won the 1650-yard freestyle in 16:02.69, and Tandon junior Macarthy Adelman won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.73 seconds. In dives, Rory Myers sophomore Cole Vertin won the three-meter board with a score of 323.25.

The Violets return to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 23, when the divers travel to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the swimmers take on Johns Hopkin University at home. 

Women’s Swimming

The women’s swimming and diving team also won the NYU Fall Invitational this weekend. On Friday, NYU won the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. Individually, Rory Meyers senior Jaime Robinson took home the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:08.99. Stern senior Honore Collins won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.02, and CAS first-year Jessica Flynn won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.8 seconds. On Friday night, CAS senior Carmen White won both boards in dives, scoring 290.55 in the one-meter and 265.55 in the three-meter. On Saturday, CAS sophomore Ashley Brrodnick won the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:35.2 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:07.12. 

NYU’s next meet will be on Saturday, Nov. 23 when the divers head to U.S. Merchant Marine and the swimmers take on Johns Hopkins at home. 



The Violets finished ninth of 12 teams in the Ned McGinley Invitational on Saturday. NYU finished with 51.5 points and two top-five finishers. SPS first-year Jason Geyer went 5-1 in the 141-pound bracket and finished with four pins, while SPS sophomore Kade Loughney also went 5-1 in the 165-pound bracket. This brought both of the wrestlers to the third-place match in their respective brackets, but neither could compete due to an NCAA rule preventing a seventh match. As a result, both finished in fourth place. 

NYU returns to the mat on Friday when they compete in the Roger Williams University Tournament. 

Men’s Cross Country

The men’s cross country team sent six runners to the ECAC Championship race on Saturday. NYU finished in second with 69 points, seven behind St. Joseph’s College – Long Island. Eighteen teams ran the 8k course. CAS first-year Jon Diaz was the Violets’ fastest runner, finishing in 10th place with a time of 28:32.7. Tisch sophomore Malcolm Silver-Van Meter placed 12th. Steinhardt junior Pat Xu was 13th. CAS junior Oliver Jacob finished in 15th, and Steinhardt senior Yuji Cusick took home 24th place.

The Violets’ next meet is the NCAA Atlantic Region Championship on Saturday. 

Women’s Soccer

NYU lost a close match to Brandeis University on Saturday. The 1-0 game was tied until the 62nd minute, when Brandeis sophomore Daria Bakhtiari scored the lone goal in the match. Despite the low score, the Violets were outshot 17-11. Stern junior Meghan Marhan made eight saves, as both teams finished 11-7 and 2-5 in UAA play on the year. 

The Violets now wait for a possible ECAC Tournament bid, which will be announced on Monday. 

Men’s Soccer

Men’s soccer also played what could be their last match of the year on Saturday, losing 2-0 to Brandeis. This game was closer than the score let on. Brandeis scored its goals in the 63rd and 77th minutes, and led in shots 14-7 and shots on goal 6-3. The Violets finished the regular season with a record of 7-7-2 and 3-3-1 in UAA play. 

The men’s season is now also contingent on whether they receive an ECAC Tournament bid, which will be announced Monday. 

Men’s Basketball

The Violets opened their season with a 76-62 loss to Oberlin College on Saturday. NYU shot 50 percent in the first half and led 35-31 going into the break. A 9-0 Oberlin run early in the second half was too much for the Violets to overcome. Stern first-year Jaedon Khubani finished with 13 points, and SPS senior Jimmy Martinelli led the team with seven rebounds. 

The Violets next hit the court on Wednesday when they take on Hobart College. 

Women’s Basketball

NYU beat St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn in their season opener on Saturday. Five players scored in double figures in the 98-66 win. The Violets were down 17-7 in the first quarter, but a 15-0 run changed that, and they never relinquished their lead. Game leaders included CAS first-year Brooklyn Shelton with 21 points, CAS senior Annie Barret with 12 assists and Steinhardt sophomore Meghan McLaughlin with nine rebounds. 

NYU’s next game is at Farmingdale State University on Tuesday. 

A version of this article appears in the Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, print edition. 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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