Two teams of Marietta College mathematicians finished in the top two spots at the 11th annual East Central Colleges Undergraduate Student Mathematics Competition held recently at Muskingum College in New Concord. A total of 15 teams represented eight schools in the competition.
At the competition, teams work together to complete 10 math problems, which are designed specifically for the competition. This is the second consecutive year that Marietta College teams have finished first and second in the contest.
Competing for the first place Team Abelian were Tian Yang of Beijing, China, Tian Zhang of Beijing, China, and Frances Bolden of Waterford.
Second place Team Jacobian consisted of Harrison Potter of Rochester, N.Y., Kelsie McCartney of Marietta, and Phil DeOrsey of Bellingham, Mass.
In addition to the superior performances at the ECC competition, a team of three Pioneers finished third at the Ohio section of the Mathematical Association of America meeting hosted by Marietta College. This was the fifth annual MAA student competition and there were 31 teams and nearly 90 students present from various colleges around Ohio.
The third place team consisted of Potter, DeOrsey and Bolden and they have the distinction of being the first ever Marietta College team to place in the top three at an MAA competition.