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Three Cross Country Runners Compete in NCAA Division III Championships

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving split their meets, women’s basketball dropped its first game of the year, men’s basketball won both of its games and wrestling competed in the NYS Championships.
Dillan Spector, CAS junior, is one of the three runners from NYU. They competed at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 23. (Via NYU Atheletics)

Cross Country

Three of NYU’s runners participated in the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday. Steinhardt first-year Siena Moran and CAS first-year Leah Haley ran in the women’s 6K race, and CAS junior Dillan Spector competed in the men’s 8K course. Of the 277 women in the race, Moran placed 53rd, with a time of 22:22.9, and Haley finished in 233rd place, with a time of 24:00.3. On the men’s side, Spector finished in 26:53.8, which put him in  261st place of 279 runners. 

The cross country season is now over, but many runners will see the track again when the indoor track and field season starts on Jan. 11 at the College of New Jersey Indoor Invitational. 

Men’s Swimming

Men’s and women’s swimming competed in the same meets on Saturday. The divers went to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Memorial Invitational and the swimmers stayed home to face Johns Hopkins University. Two men’s divers won their events. Steinhardt senior Nick Lemieux won the one-meter with a score of 285 and placed third in the three-meter with 289.25, and CAS first-year Hunter Whitbeck won the three-meter with 314.85 and placed third in the one-meter with 277.85. Whitbeck, Lemieux, Rory Meyers sophomore Cole Vertin and Liberal Studies first-year Jack Callaghan have now qualified for regionals in February.

The swimmers were less successful on the day. The seventh-ranked Violets fell to the third-ranked Johns Hopkins University 141-121. NYU managed to place second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:07.72. Five Violets won individual events. CAS sophomore Graham Chatoor completed the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:34.61, Tandon junior Josh Rine swam the 100-yard backstroke in 52.34 seconds, CAS sophomore Justin Lum finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.43 seconds, SPS first-year Thomas Pritchard won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:38.05 and Stern junior Elan Oumarov finished the 100-yard butterfly in 50.55 seconds. 

The Violets will next take the pool on Dec. 6, when they compete in the Bomber Invitational. 

Women’s Swimming

Similarly, the women’s divers saw more success than the swimmers. CAS senior Carmen White won the one-meter dive with a score of 274.60 and placed second in the three-meter with a score of 265.0. CAS junior Ashlyn Winship won the three-meter with a score of 270.95. White, Winship and CAS first-year Katherine Nardone have now qualified for regionals in February.

While the divers swept their events, the swimmers fell to Hopkins 176-86. The seventh-ranked Violets beat third-ranked Hopkins in two individual events and placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:32.86. Stern senior Honore Collins won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.63, and Liberal Studies first-year Mari Yasumi took home the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:26.93.

NYU’s next meet will be the Bomber Invitational, which takes place from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8. 

Women’s Basketball

The Violets picked up their first loss of the year on Saturday, falling to 4-1 against Cabrini University 74-65. NYU battled back from an early deficit to finish the first quarter up 21-16, but a 12-0 Cabrini run led to a halftime score of 36-24. The Violets were able to get Cabrini’s lead down to five with 1:20 left in the game, but never got any closer. Team leaders included Steinhardt junior Janean Cuffe with 24 points and CAS senior Annie Barrett with eight rebounds and four assists. 

The Violets next take the court on Wednesday when they will face Baruch College at home. 

Men’s Basketball

The Violets won the NYU Tip-Off Tournament this weekend, beating Wells College on Saturday and Western New England University on Sunday. In game one of the tournament, NYU beat Wells 74-59. The Violets responded to an eight-point Wells lead in the first half with a 15-3 run at the end of the half, to go up 33-29 at the break. NYU came out of the half strong as well with a 13-3 run. At one point in the half, they were up by as much as 19, and the closest Wells was able to get to the Violets was to cut that lead to 10. NYU dominated on the glass as well, out-rebounding Wells 47-26.

On Sunday, the Violets took down Western New England University in overtime 86-82.  NYU was down 10 with just over eight minutes left in the second half, but a 14-0 run helped turn the tide in the Violet’s favor until another run by Western New England with minutes left in the game put them up by one point. A clutch free throw from SPS first-year Miles Somerville tied the game at 74, a score that held through regulation. After falling four points behind at the beginning of overtime, the Violets rattled off another run, and never gave up the lead.

NYU’s next game is on Dec. 1 against Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. 


The wrestlers competed in the New York State Championships on Sunday. The Violets placed ninth of 13 teams with 32 points. Top performances on the day in the 141-pound, 174-pound and 184-pound brackets. In the 141-pound bracket, CAS sophomore Zach Alexander placed sixth. CAS senior Maykel Dolorit and Stern first-year Kainalu Huddy lost in the quarterfinals of the 174-pound bracket, and SPS first year Miguel Ruiz and SPS sophomore Scott DuPont took home fourth and fifth in the 184-pound bracket. 

The Violets return to the mat on Dec. 6 when they face off against Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ. 

A version of this article appears in the Monday, Nov. 25, 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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