Sports Briefs


The 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon volleyball team opened the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship at Stevenson University with a 3–2 win against Eastern University Friday, Nov. 10. The Tartans improve to 30–4 while the Eagles complete the season with a 20–13 mark. The game marked Carnegie Mellon’s fourth appearance and second victory at the NCAA Championship tournament under 13-year head coach Kim Kelly and the fifth in program history.

CMU took the first set 25–21. The Tartans had been down 12–11 but then scored six of the next seven points to take a 17–13 lead and never looked back. In the second set, the Cardinal and Gray trailed 23–19 before coming back to claim a 25–23 win. Eastern took the next two. In the deciding set, Eastern jumped out to a 5–3 lead before the Tartans took a 7–5 advantage. Carnegie Mellon then pushed its lead to 10–7 and recorded the final five points for the win.

Junior Lauren Mueller led the Tartan attack with 19 kills, 13 digs, and a hitting percentage of .321. Senior Eliza Donohue put down 14 kills, four block assists, one block solo. Sophomore Sahara Aqui led the Tartans at the net with six block solos while sophomore Kayla Yew led with 29 digs. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway had 28 assists and junior Amanda Thiele had 18.

The Tartans played Swarthmore College in the Second Round on Saturday and dropped a 3–0 decision. The Tartans fell by the scores of 25–16, 25–20 and 25–18. Mueller led the Tartans with 10 kills, Jurgens hit .261 and recorded six kills. So-Holloway tallied 22 assists and 17 digs. Mueller had 18 digs and junior Sydney Bauer ended with 10.

The Tartans conclude the season with an overall mark of 30–5, as Swarthmore moved to 23–7.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon women’s swimming and diving team hosted Grove City College and Washington and Lee University on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Tartans won the double-dual meet with scores of 190–71 against Washington and Lee and 215–46 against Grove City.

Sophomore Taylor Brown swam to a season-best time in both the 1,000-yard freestyle, in 10:45.15, and 500-yard freestyle, in 5:16.30, when she won each event. First-year teammate Stefanie McMillan was second in 10:48.83 in the 1,000-yard freestyle while first-year Megan Christy recorded a season-best time and placed second in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:16.95. First-year Jessica Li won three events, the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:56.93, the 100-yard freestyle in 53.43, and the 100-yard butterfly when she touched first in 57.32, also an event she won for the second time this year.

The Tartans swept the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke with first-year Jessica Chau touching first in both events. Chau won the 100-yard backstroke in 59.12 and the 200-yard backstroke in a season-best time of 2:04.67. Senior Anna Wong was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.22 with sophomore Mary Day in third in 1:00.55. In the 200-yard backstroke, sophomore Teagan Goforth touched second in 2:09.05 with senior Emma Shi finishing third in 2:12.52.

Nicklas-Morris gave her season-best time in the 200-yard butterfly when she won the event in 2:08.54. She also won the 200-yard IM in 2:09.57. Sophomore Victoria Feng improved her season top-time in the 50-yard freestyle when she won the sprint in 24.77. First-year Sophy Peng was second in the event in 25.20. The last win of the day came in the 200-yard freestyle relay when Peng, first-year Emma Graham, Shi, and Day finished in a season-best 1:38.65.

The Tartans will next be in the pool on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon men’s swimming and diving team won their double-dual meet with scores of 191–70 against Washington and Lee and 202–59 against Grove City.

First-year Max Gonzalez won four events in the afternoon. The meet started with a Tartan top finish in the 200-yard medley relay, as Gonzalez was joined by first-year Justin Britton, senior Matthew Chu and sophomore Richard Deng with a time of 1:33.85. Gonzalez had three individual top finishes, as he touched the wall in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.28 and then recorded a time of 52.40 in the 100-yard butterfly. His third first-place finish was in the 200-yard IM in 1:56.54. Junior Jack Lance and sophomore Connor Clayton finished second and third, with times of 2:00.77 and 2:00.89, respectively.

Sophomore Ben Baxter led another Tartans sweep when he touched the wall with a time of 1:57.60 in the 200-yard backstroke. First-year Jeremy Tinucci placed second with a time of 1:58.61 and senior Michael DiBacco touched in 1:58.79 for third.

First-year Brandon Li won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.75 while Britton was first in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.61. Deng collected an individual win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.49 and junior Winston Chu touched first in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:10.62. The last win of the day came in the 200-yard freestyle relay when Britton, Deng, and sophomores Sam Hawke and Ryan Fitzpatrick finished in a 1:25.99.

The Tartans will next be in the pool on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College.

Women’s Cross Country

The Carnegie Mellon women’s cross country team finished fourth at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 11, with 168 points scored. The top team, Johns Hopkins University, claimed the title with 38 points followed by 18th-ranked Elizabethtown with 100 points and 25th-ranked Haverford with 150. The Tartans, who were ranked fifth in the region for most of the year, finished ahead of 23rd-ranked Dickinson who finished with 178 points.

Senior Aparna Alavilli led the Tartans with an eighth-place finish with a time of 22:16.6. Sophomores Abigail Levine and Kate Reilly crossed second and third for the Tartans and 19th and 36th overall. Levine turned in a time of 22:36.3 and Reilly crossed in 23:16.8. Both Alavilli and Levine earned All-Region status with their top-35 finishes.

Fourth of the Tartans was sophomore Emmalyn Lindsey who crossed with a time of 23:30.9. With a time of 23:55.2, senior Rhiannon Farney placed 64th overall and fifth for the Tartans. First-year Parvathi Meyyappan and junior Allison Scibisz finished sixth and seventh for the team with times of 24:04.4 and 24:29.3, respectively.

With her finish, Alavilli will move on to the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championships, on Saturday, Nov. 18, for the second straight season.

Men’s Cross Country

The 16th-ranked Carnegie Mellon men’s cross country team qualified for the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championships after placing second at the 2017 Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Tartans finished second in a field of 57 teams with 96 points. Third-ranked Haverford finished in first with 25 points and 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins University placed third with 103 points.

Junior Jared Moore led the Tartans, as he finished 14th with a time of 25:35.7. Junior Aadi Mhatre was next to cross the line, 16th place overall in 25:37.5 with sophomore Liam Walsh finishing 18th with a time of 25:47.2. In 21st place was senior Jordan Safer who finished strong with a time of 25:49.0. Sophomore Evan Yukevich followed a few seconds behind Safer, finishing in 27th place in 25:51.2. Sophomore Josh Kalapos and junior Kevin Cory finished sixth and seventh for the Tartans and 44th and 61st overall with times of 26:15.5 and 26:41.5, respectively.

The Tartans move on to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, on Saturday, Nov. 18, for the fourth consecutive season.