Sports Briefs


The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team, ranked sixth nationally, opened play at the Eastern University Quad with a 3–0 win over host Eagles Friday, Oct. 20. The Tartans won by the scores of 25–18, 25–13 and 25–13 to improve to 26–2 while Eastern is now 18–10.

Juniors Lauren Mueller and Sarah Jurgens led the Tartans with nine kills apiece. Senior Eliza Donohue, who hit .468, ended with six kills. Sophomore Maia So-Holloway handed out 20 assists with junior Amanda Thiele adding ten.

At the net, Jurgens along with sophomore Sahara Aqui tallied a career-best in block assists. Jurgens had eight and Aqui had six along with one solo block. Sophomore Kayla Yew kept her double-digit dig streak intact with ten digs to lead the Tartans. Her streak now stands at 33 matches dating back to last season.

The Tartans played Ithaca College and Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Tartans fell to Ithaca 3–1 before topping Stevens 3–0 and are now 27–3.

Against Ithaca, Donohue led the Tartans with 12 kills, three blocks, and four block solos. The senior middle blocker hit .407 for the match, as the Bombers won 25–22, 25–22, 20–25, and 25–15. Junior Lauren Mueller hit down 11 kills while Jurgens put down nine kills. So-Holloway had 16 assists, as Thiele dished out 14 assists. Defensively, junior Kay Yew collected 14 digs.

The Tartans faced Stevens in the second match of the day. Mueller hit .533 in the first set with eight kills, as the Tartans took a 1–0 lead with a 26–24 victory. Carnegie Mellon went on to win the second set 25–13 and the third set 25–19.

Mueller finished the Stevens match with 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .395 while Jurgens finished with nine kills. Senior Heather Holton added a hitting percentage of .462 with seven kills. Yew collected another 14 digs while Mueller had 12. So-Holloway had 19 assists and four service aces.

The Tartans will next play in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship tournament at Emory University on Nov. 3. The Tartans will open the tournament as the number one seed and face Brandeis University at 12 p.m.


The Carnegie Mellon football team traveled to Greenville, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Oct. 21 to play the Tomcats of Thiel College and left with a 42–10 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) victory. Carnegie Mellon is now 7–1 and 5–1 in PAC play, as Thiel moves to 1–6 and 1–4.

Senior running back Sam Benger led the Tartans with 204 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. It marked the second time this season that the back rushed for 200 yards in a game and eighth for his career. Junior quarterback Alex Cline passed for 84 yards and two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver John Prather led the Tartans with seven catches for 77 yards and a score. Prather now has 11 receiving touchdowns on the season and is tied for the single-season record that Graham Schilling set in 2015.

Carnegie Mellon totaled 399 yards of total offense with 300 coming by way of the rush attack. Thiel totaled 278 yards and was led by Nick Barca with 165 yards on 36 carries. Senior outside linebacker Kyle Brittain led the Tartans defense with ten tackles and an interception. Junior cornerback Ethan Anderson recovered two fumbles for the Tartans and added four tackles.

Thiel took the opening kick and put together a 13-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a 29-yard field goal to give the Tomcats the early 3–0 lead five minutes into the contest.

Carnegie Mellon got on the scoreboard at the 14:24 mark of the second quarter when Benger capped off a 10-play, 57-yard drive with a 5-yard scamper up the middle. Benger’s touchdown run made the score 7–3.

The Tartans pushed the lead to 14–3 on a 1-yard run by junior Rory Hubbard on the visitor’s next possession. The score was set up with a forced fumble which was recovered by Carnegie Mellon’s Anderson on Thiel’s 44-yard line.

Carnegie Mellon added two more scores before the end of the half to take a 28–3 lead into the locker room. Cline connected with Prather for a 12-yard score and then found Hubbard for a 5-yard strike in the closing minute of the half. The latter score was setup with an interception by Brittain that gave the Tartans the ball on the Thiel 47-yard line.

With 6:13 on the clock in the third quarter, Benger ran around the right side and darted for a 40-yard touchdown to make the score 35–3. On the ensuing possession, Thiel marched 67 yards and brought the score to 35–10 on a 1-yard run.

Sophomore Chris Haas closed the scoring with a 6-yard run which made the score 42–10 with 2:14 to play.

The Tartans traveled to New Wilmington, PA on Saturday and dropped a 21–7 PAC game to Westminster College in a wet and cold atmosphere. The loss moves Carnegie Mellon’s record 7–2 overall and 5–2 in PAC play while Westminster moves to 6–2 and 5–1.

After being held to 71 yards of total offense in the first half, Carnegie Mellon finished with 233 yards while Westminster totaled 423 yard of offense. Cline passed for 240 yards on 18-of-29 passes and a score. Prather led the Tartan receivers with 85 yards on five catches. Sophomore wide receiver Jamie Greenwell finished with a career-best six receptions for 61 yards.

Defensively, Carnegie Mellon was led by senior safety Drew Fitzmorris with 18 tackles, including a career-best 13 solo, and a sack. Brittain totaled ten tackles.

After a scoreless first quarter that saw a 29-yard blocked field goal by sophomore Anthony Kennon in the closing minutes, Westminster got on the board early in the second quarter. The Titans marched 61 yards on nine plays, culminating in a 17-yard quarterback keeper that gave the home team a 7–0 lead with 11:26 to play in the half.

With 1:21 to play in the half, Westminster took over after stopping the Tartans on fourth down. The Titans needed just three plays to go 73 yards and extend their lead to 14–0. The drive ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Columbo to Johnson with 50 seconds remaining in the half.

Carnegie Mellon took the opening kick of the second half and drove 71 yards on six plays to cut the deficit in half. Cline connected with junior wide receiver Karl-Mark Kumm on a 5-yard score with 12:12 to play in third quarter.

Westminster responded with a 15-play, 78-yard drive that took 7:03 of the clock and resulted in a 2-yard touchdown run. The score pushed the home teams lead back to 14 at 21–7 with five minutes to play in the third quarter.

Carnegie Mellon will conclude its regular season on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Tartans will host Case Western Reserve University in the 32nd Annual Academic Bowl.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon men’s swimming and diving team began the season at home against Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Tartans won the meet by a score of 194–89.

The Tartans opened and closed the meet with victories in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Richard Deng, senior Matthew Chu, first-year Max Gonzalez, and sophomore Sam Hawke won the medley relay in 1:34.71 while first-year Justin Britton, Gonzalez, Deng, and Hawke touched first in the freestyle relay in 1:25.27.

First-year Andrew Joyner won the 1,000-yard freestyle for the Tartans in 9:58.14 with sophomore Daniel Li winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.80.

Gonzalez earned a win in the 200-yard freestyle by touching first in 1:43.65 and later won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.27.

Hawke led a sweep of the 50-yard freestyle in 21.95 with Britton touching second in 22.05 and sophomore Ryan Fitzpatrick third in 22.13. Hawke later won the 100-yard freestyle, an event the Tartans also swept, in 47.59.

Deng touched just ahead of sophomore Ben Baxter in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.04 while Baxter touched in 54.33.

Junior Winston Chu won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.33, which was 1.20 seconds ahead of his brother, Matthew, in second place. Winston also won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:09.52 with sophomore Connor Clayton touching second in 2:12.45.

Junior Gabe Bamforth won the 1-meter diving event with 253.92 points and the 3-meter diving event with 261.15 points. Sophomore Evan Hill placed second on the 3-meter diving board with 184.65 points.

The Tartans will next host Clarion University on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon women’s swimming and diving team opened the season at home against Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Tartans won the meet by a score of 241–59.

Opening the meet was the 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Mary Day, senior Kim Hochstedler, senior Emma Shi, and first-year Emma Graham with a win in 1:50.10. Sophomore Taylor Brown then won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:50.70 with first-year Stefanie McMillan coming in second in 10:52.20. McMillan and Brown later traded places in the 500-yard freestyle with McMillan touching in 5:18.28 and Brown in 5:21.02.

The Tartans swept the 200-yard freestyle with first-year Jessica Li winning in 1:57.43 while they finished 1–2 in the 50-yard freestyle with sophomore Victoria Feng touching in 24.98. Li later won the 100-yard butterfly in 57.03.

The 100-yard breaststroke was won by Hochstedler in 1:06.83 with junior Cassidy Smith touching second in 1:07.05 and first-year Aileen Yu touching third in 1:08.71. Hochstedler also won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:23.12 with Feng finishing second in 2:27.02 and Smith third in 2:31.95.

Sophomore Emma Nicklas-Morris touched just ahead of senior Mary St. John in the 200-yard butterfly to win the event in 2:09.34. She later won the 100-yard freestyle in 54.81, another event the Tartans swept.

First-year Jessica Chau won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:05.36 after touching second in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.68. The first-year later out-touched Nicklas-Morris in the 400-yard IM to win the event in 4:35.57 while Nicklas-Morris finished second in 4:40.09.

In diving, first-year Maddie Mianzo placed first on the 1-meter board with 214.73 points and first on the 3-meter board with 236.25 points. Sophomore Megan Roche was second on the 1-meter board with 201.07 points, with first-year Lillie Widmayer placing second on the 3-meter board with 197.78 points.

The 200-yard freestyle relay of Feng, Shi, Li, and Graham closed the meet with a victory in a time of 1:38.93.

The Tartans will next host Clarion University on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m.

Men’s Cross Country

The Carnegie Mellon men’s cross country team finished in second at the UAA Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28 when seven members of the team finished in the top 30 to earn 78 points. Washington University won the race with 40 points and Emory University finished third behind the Tartans with 101 points.

The Tartans were led by junior Aadi Mhatre, who finished eighth overall in a time of 26:26.0 along the 8K course at Garret Mountain Reservation hosted by New York University. Junior Jared Moore was next to finish the race for the Tartans, in 26:31.4 for 12th. Sophomore Liam Walsh finished four seconds after Moore in 26:35.5 and placed 14th.

The next two to cross the finish line for the Tartans were senior Jordan Safer and junior Kevin Cory in 21st and 23rd place, respectively. Safer finished with a time of 26:54.7 and Cory finished in 26:56.6. Less than five seconds later two runners crossed the finish line within 0.8 seconds of one another. Sophomores Evan Yukevich and Josh Kalapos finished in 26th and 27th with times 26:59.9 and 27:00.7.

Mhatre, Moore, and Walsh each earned All-UAA Second Team honors for their finishes.

The Tartans will next compete at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Women’s Cross Country

The Carnegie Mellon women’s cross country team finished fourth at the UAA Women’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The Tartans accumulated 116 points at the 6K race hosted by New York University. The fourth-place showing for the Cardinal and Gray is the best finish at the championships since placing third in 2012.

Senior Aparna Alavilli led the Tartans as she crossed the finish line fifth overall in a time of 23:47.3. Sophomore Abigail Levine was the next Tartan to finish when she crossed the finish line in 24:37.3 in 17th place. Fellow sophomore Emmalyn Lindsey was third for the Tartans and finished the race in 24:54.0.

Sophomore Kate Reilly was 29th overall in 25:08.3, senior Rhiannon Farney was 47th in 25:51.9, and first-year Parvathi Meyyappan was 50th overall in 26:02.5.

Alavilli earned All-UAA First Team honors with her fifth-place finish.

The Tartans will next compete at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Men’s Golf

The Carnegie Mellon men’s golf team, ranked 25th nationally, finished play at the O’Briant-Jensen Memorial hosted by Guilford College at the Sedgefield Country Club - Dye Course in Greensboro, NC on Tuesday. The Tartans carded a 283 and placed second in the 20-team field with a 36-hole score of 581 (298–283) on the par 71, 6,822-yard course. The team score of 283 on Tuesday is the second lowest round in program history and tied for the lowest round at the two-day Memorial.

Methodist University, 11-time NCAA Division III National Champions, won the O’Briant-Jensen Memorial Golf Tournament, finishing one-stroke better than the Tartans with a 580 after carding back-to-back rounds of 290.

Junior Patrick Tan tied the lowest round in program history on Tuesday after carding a career-best round of four-under par 67. Tan recorded four birdies and 14 pars on Tuesday. The junior improved 11 strokes from Monday’s round to finish with a 145 (78–67), which tied him for fourth in a field of 114 golfers. Tan’s round of 67 was also the lowest round turned in at the 36-hole event.

First-year Jason Li carded a one-under 70 in the second round and finished with a 147 (77–70), as he placed in a tie for 13th with senior Nikhil Mohan. Mohan carded a 74 Tuesday after firing a 73 on Monday.

Junior Austin Lin improved eight strokes in round two on Tuesday and carded a one-over par 72. Lin ended play with a 152 (80–72) while his round of 72 on Tuesday tied his collegiate-best. First-year Trevor Arashiro ended the event with a 152 (70–82).

The Tartans had one individual enter the invitational, as senior Adrian Del Bosque carded rounds of 74 and 79 to finish with a 153.

The Tartans will be off until the spring with their first competition coming at the UAA Championships March 12–13.