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In addition to fielding the winning student team for the third consecutive year, Lafayette swept the top three places, and four of the top five overall, in the 13th annual Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Math Contest.

Held Oct. 19 at Moravian College, the competition included a record 55 students, who made up 16 teams representing five institutions.

The winning team, which scored 72 out of 100 points, was comprised of first-year Lafayette students Ibrahima Bah of Bronx, N.Y.; Josh Porter of Pittstown, N.J.; and John Kolba of Chelmsford, Mass.

Finishing second with 65 points were seniors Guangxi Wang, an electrical and computer engineering major from Shanghai, China; Alex Balan, a double major in mathematics & economics and computer science from Bucharest, Romania; and Lazar Nikolic, a computer science major from Roswell, Ga.

Close behind in third place with 61 points were Ed Swartz ’03, a mathematics major from Dunmore, Pa.; Prince Chidyagwai ’05, a computer science major from Marondera, Zimbabwe; Rob McEwen ’05, a computer science major from Morgantown, Pa.; and Usman Khan ’05, an electrical and computer engineering major from Karachi, Pakistan.

In fifth place with 58 points were Farhan Ahmed ’05, a computer science major from Utter Pradesh, India; Varun Mehta ’06 of New Dehli, India; and Edious Kwaipa ’06 of Harare, Zimbabwe.

One of two teams tied for sixth place with 57 points was comprised of Ekaterina Jager ’05, an electrical and computer engineering major from Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Maria Azimova ’06 of Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Blerta Shtylla ’05, an economics and business major from Tirana, Albania.

The other participating institutions were Moravian College, Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, and DeSales University.

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