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Undefeated women’s basketball makes NYU history, women’s track and field sets program record and other news

Here’s what you need to know from the past week in NYU athletics. This week: Feb. 5 – Feb. 11.
Alisia Houghtaling
(Illustration by Alisia Houghtaling)


Women’s basketball made history this week, setting a program-record with a 21st-consecutive victory against Case Western Reserve University 82-67 on Feb. 9. Sunday was senior night for both the men’s and women’s teams, with the women’s team winning 76-54 against Carnegie Mellon University. 

Men’s basketball split the two-game week, defeating Case Western 93-80 and losing 80-83 against Carnegie Mellon. 

Both teams will be on the road this upcoming week, taking on Washington University in St. Louis on Feb. 16 and the University of Chicago on Feb. 18.  



The men’s and women’s teams were in North Carolina for the Tar Heel Duals – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s sole fencing meet. The men’s team won a single match against Long Island University on Feb. 10 before falling to host UNC Chapel Hill and to Boston College. The women’s team finished the weekend with one win against LIU after a total of five matches. 

Both teams will compete in the George Kolombatovich Historical Meet at the Paulson Center this Wednesday, Feb. 14. They’ll take on Columbia University, Vassar College and Sacred Heart University. 


Swimming & Diving

Both the men’s and women’s teams had a week off from competing in preparation for the University Athletic Association championships at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois this coming week. Both teams will compete over the course of four days, beginning on Feb. 14. 


Track & Field

Women’s track and field’s Grace Richardson placed 58th out of the 160-runner pool in the 3000m at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational held at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center on Feb. 9. Her 9:27.12 time broke a decade-long program record set by Emily Cousens by nearly 15 seconds. Richardson also earned the seventh spot on the Women’s Division III All-Time Fastest 3k list. 

Two members of men’s track and field also participated in the invitational. Julian Aske ran 1:58.13 in the 800-meter race. Ryan Tobin set a new personal record of 8:17.94 in the 3,000m, surpassing his previous best by nearly 8 seconds and coming within one second of Neil Saddler’s program record set in 2018. Tobin placed 7th out of 82. 

Members of both teams were also in Staten Island for the Big Apple Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 10. 12 NYU athletes set new personal bests, including Jeffrey Chen, who placed 2nd in the 3000m with a time of 8:31.21, and Jessica Allen whose 11:06.08 time in the 3000m beat her previous best by almost 24 seconds.

Both teams will spend the next two weeks preparing for the UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will take place the weekend of Feb. 24 at the Track & Field Center at The Armory.



The men’s volleyball team lost 0-3 to fourth-ranked Springfield College at their first ever home match at the Paulson Center on Feb. 7.

They’ll be in New Jersey this coming Wednesday to play reigning national champions Stevens Institute of Technology. 



Men’s wrestling faced the Stevens Institute of Technology on Feb. 10, where the Violets lost 13-38. NYU is currently 10-3 in dual matches for the 2023-24 season.

The team will host the UAA Championship at Paulson Center this coming Saturday, Feb. 17th.


Contact Sydney Barragan at [email protected]

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Sydney Barragan
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.
Alisia Houghtaling
Alisia Houghtaling, Illustration Editor
Alisia Houghtaling is a first-year in Applied Psychology in Steinhardt and one of WSN's Illustration Editors. In her freetime, you can find Alisia drawing, painting, reading, eating pasta or autopilot walking around SOHO to window shop or stare into windows and say "I want to live there." You can find her on Instagram @_alisiart_ and send Italian restaurant recommendations or ridiculous real-estate listings in the city.

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