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Senior Lindsay Poss beats a defender and drives to the basket during the game against Case Western Reserve. (credit: Stefen Zhu/) Senior Lindsay Poss beats a defender and drives to the basket during the game against Case Western Reserve. (credit: Stefen Zhu/) First-year Daniel Levine focuses on the ball during a close tennis match against NCAA Division I opponents. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) First-year Daniel Levine focuses on the ball during a close tennis match against NCAA Division I opponents. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Sprinter and jumper Debarati Bhanja sprints to the jump line during the UAA indoor championships at NYU. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Sprinter and jumper Debarati Bhanja sprints to the jump line during the UAA indoor championships at NYU. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics)

Women's Tennis

The sixth-ranked Carnegie Mellon women's tennis team took second place at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Indoor Championship on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Tartans are now 8–2.

On Friday, the Tartans opened up with an 8–1 win against host DePauw University. The Tartans started the scoring at third doubles when junior Nicholle Torres and senior Abbey Hamstra defeated Colleen Morris and Megan Galle, 8–2. The second doubles pair of first-year Jamie Vizelman and senior Brooke Tsu then won, 8–2, before sophomore Cori Sidell and first-year Minami Makino made it a sweep with an 8–6 win at first doubles. Sidell was the first to finish singles play, as she topped Gretchen Wilder at third singles, 6–1, 6–2. Torres clinched the match with her 6–3, 6–3 win at second singles. Other wins in singles play came from Tsu, Vizelman and first-year Katie Lai.

On Saturday, the Tartans overcame 11th ranked Johns Hopkins University 5–4. Torres and Hamstra won the first point for the Tartans at number three doubles by an 8–5 score. Vizelman and Tsu won in a tiebreaker at number two doubles, 9–8 (8–6). Torres gave the Tartans a 3–1 advantage with her 6–1, 6–4 win at second singles. Ashnaa Rao of Johns Hopkins then won a three–set match at first singles against Tsu to make the score 3–2. Vizelman was the next to finish, as she won 6–0, 6–3 at fourth singles, leaving match–point in the air for the Tartans. Sidell, playing at third singles, rallied from a set down to win in a tiebreaker in the third set to give the Tartans the team victory. Her final score was 5–7, 6–1, 7–6.

On Sunday, the Tartans fell to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 5–0. Pomona-Pitzer won the first two points of the day with 8–5 victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. At third doubles, Torres and Hamstra forced a tiebreaker before losing 9–8 (7–2), and the Sagehens led 3–0 following doubles play. In singles, the Sagehens won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles in straight sets to seal the victory.

The Tartans will next travel to face Westmont College on Saturday, March 5.

Men's Swimming and Diving

The Carnegie Mellon men's swimming and diving team competed at the NCAA Division III Region 4 Diving Championship on Friday and Saturday. First-year diver Gabriel Bamforth earned a spot at the NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with his finishes on the one-meter and three-meter diving boards. On Friday, Bamforth finished sixth on the three-meter board with 469.75 points after 11 dives. On Saturday, he finished strong and picked up another sixth-place finish on the one-meter board with 472.35 points.

The NCAA Championships will be hosted in Greensboro, N.C., beginning on Thursday, March 17 and ending on Saturday, March 20.

Women's Swimming and Diving

The Carnegie Mellon women's swimming and diving team competed at the NCAA Division III Region 4 Diving Championship on Friday and Saturday. Junior diver Machika Kaku earned her second entrance to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Kaku dove to a sixth-place finish on the one-meter diving board Friday afternoon, scoring 412.15 points after 11 dives. On Saturday, she placed 10th on the three-meter board with 403.15 points. Senior diver Winona Li placed 12th on the three-meter board with 393.80 points and 17th on the one-meter board with 357.75 points. Graduate diver Andie Azofeifa closed her career with 351.35 points on the one-meter board and 363.80 points on the three-meter board.

The NCAA Championships will be hosted in Greensboro, N.C., beginning on Thursday, March 17 and ending on Saturday, March 20.

Women's Track and Field

The Carnegie Mellon women's track and field team competed at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday. The Tartans finished in fifth place out of the seven competing teams.

First-year sprinter and jumper Debarati Bhanja leapt a season-best distance of 5.41 meters to win the long jump. The 4x400-meter relay team of Bhanja, junior sprinter Ariel Tian, first-year sprinter, mid-distance runner, and hurdler Rose Ciriello, and sophomore sprinter Sarah Cook placed fifth with a school record time of 4:00.62. Cook crossed the finish line with a time of 58.60 in the preliminaries of the 400-meter dash, setting a school record. Cook went on to place fifth in the finals after crossing in 58.83.

Junior hurdler and jumper Rebecca Fortner and first-year jumper Tessa Allen tied for second after both cleared the bar at 1.58 meters. First-year thrower Oly Nwankwo recorded two season-best throws, as she placed third in the shot put with a mark of 11.41 meters and sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 12.36 meters. First-year jumper and sprinter Autumn Hair also recorded points for the Tartans after a jump of 4.97 meters to place sixth.