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Women’s basketball remains undefeated, men’s wrestling sees first loss of season and other news

Here’s what you need to know from the past week in NYU athletics. This week: Jan. 21 – Jan. 28.
Charlie Dodge
(Illustration by Charlie Dodge)


The NYU women’s basketball team remains undefeated in the first seven games of conference play, protecting their overall 18-0 record for the season. The week started with a 67-42 win on Sunday against the University of Chicago. On Friday, Jan. 26, the Violets secured another win at home against the University of Rochester 86-59. Jan. 28’s home game against Emory University resulted in a 74-41 victory.

The men’s basketball team is off to a 5-2 start in conference play this season, with an overall 15-3 record. The team defeated the University of Chicago 83-77 in overtime on Jan. 21 and extended that streak with an 80-73 victory against the University of Rochester on Jan. 26. On Jan. 28, the Violets’ 86-77 win over Emory University at the Paulson Center gym extended the team’s winning streak to four games.

Both teams have two opportunities to extend their streaks on the road this week, each facing Rochester on their home turf on Friday, before heading south to Emory in Atlanta on Sunday.


The women’s fencing team competed last weekend in the Philadelphia Invitational, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. The Violets won once against the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on Jan. 20, but lost the following four matches. Day two also resulted in one win, this time against Drew University.

Men’s fencing left the tournament with a slightly better record than the women’s team.  The first day of competition resulted in five wins, though the second ended in four losses and one win.

The Violets traveled to Brandeis University on Jan. 27 to attend the Eric Sollee Invitational. The women’s team finished with a 2-5 record, and the men won all but one of five matches — winning more than the women’s team, but playing fewer total games. On Jan. 28, both teams faced Harvard University, leading to a 4-23 loss for the women’s team, but a 14-13 win for the men’s team.

Both teams will spend this week preparing for the Tar Heel Duals at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on Feb. 10.

Swimming & Diving

The women’s swimming and diving team is 4-2 overall after two losses on Jan. 26 in the MIT Tri-Meet in Massachusetts. The Violets lost 134-166 against MIT, and 130-170 against Williams College.

The men’s team had better luck this past week in the MIT Tri-Meet, adding two wins to an overall 6-1 record for the season so far. The Violets defeated Williams College 167-133 and host MIT 180-118.

Some members of both the men’s and women’s diving teams traveled to Ithaca for the Dick Comanzo Invitational on Jan. 28. Three members of the women’s team placed third, fourth and sixth on the 3m dive, while another diver placed third on the 1m.

Both teams will spend the coming week preparing for the UAA championships beginning Feb. 14 in Chicago.

Track and Field

Some members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the Dr. Sander Invitational, hosted by Columbia University at The Armory in Manhattan this weekend. Despite three Violets setting new personal bests over the two days of competition, NYU did not score overall. 

Both teams will be back at The Armory on Friday, Feb. 2, hosting the NYU DIII Invitational. 


The men’s volleyball team’s winning streak came to an end this past week. After winning the first two games of the 2024 UCSC Slug Slam — including the season opener — the Violets lost to California Lutheran University 1-3 on Jan. 21. The second match of the week, this one at Baruch College, resulted in a 2-3 loss. 

The Violets have two chances to redeem themselves on the road this week, first against Hunter College on Thursday, and then against St. Joseph’s University Long Island on Saturday. 


The men’s wrestling team lost for the first time this season to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI 16-22 on Jan. 27. The downtick continued on day two of the Wild Cat Open, with a loss to their host despite an early lead. 

Violet’s wrestling will return to the Paulson Center this Saturday for a Senior Day match against Bridgewater State University.

Contact Sydney Barragan at [email protected].

About the Contributors
Sydney Barragan, Sports Editor
Sydney Barragan is a senior majoring in Journalism and Public Policy. She spends her free time reading, rewatching the same TV shows and talking about the Dodgers. Find her on Instagram @sydneybarragan.
Charlie Dodge, Creative Director
Charlie Dodge is a cartoonist/writer/junior at Gallatin studying 21st Century Storytelling. Originally a Californian, she has once again taken refuge in NYC this semester. She loves museums (especially the free ones) and has aspirations for a future curatorial career. Charlie frequently collaborates with Leo Sheingate, and posts way too many photos on Instagram @muckrakerdodge.
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