Taylor Math Team Wins Statewide Mathematics Competition

Published: Mar 18, 2015

A team of Taylor University senior mathematicians finished first in the 50th annual Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition (ICMC), held March 13. The competition was connected with the Indiana Mathematical Association of America (INMAA) Spring Section Meeting, which took place at Taylor last weekend.

The competition was comprised of 93 students on 33 teams representing 14 colleges and universities from around the State of Indiana. In winning the competition, Taylor’s team of Daniel Crane, Josh Kiers and Claire Spychalla scored 57 points. Finishing second was Rose-Hulman with 47 points; IPFW was third with 45 points.

A second Taylor team made up of Tanner Dye, Ruth Jansen and Evan Miyakawa finished sixth. Taylor University fielded six teams (18 students) in the contest, tying Franklin College for the most participants. Four of the Taylor teams scored above the field’s average score of 21 in the competition. Taylor Mathematics Department faculty members Drs. Matt DeLong and Derek Thompson served as team sponsors.

Competing schools included: Anderson, Butler, Franklin, Goshen, Grace, Huntington, IPFW, IU-South Bend, IUPUI, Indiana Wesleyan, Rose-Hulman, Southern Indiana and Valparaiso.

Taylor’s win marked the 11th year of the last 15 years that Taylor has had at least one team finish in the competition’s Top 3. During that time, the number of times that other schools have made Top-3 finishes (including ties) are: Rose-Hulman (7), IU-Bloomington (6), Wabash (5), Purdue University (4), IUPUI (4), Ball State (3), IPFW (3), Indiana Wesleyan (1) and Valparaiso (1).

It was Taylor’s first overall first-place finish since 2009. For Kiers, it is the third time to be on a team finishing in the ICMC’s Top 3. Crane and Spychalla have each been on two Top 3 ICMC teams.

“We are so blessed at Taylor to have such fine students who love God and who seek to glorify God with their time and talents,” said DeLong, Professor of Mathematics and a Fellow in the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Taylor. “May God alone be praised as a result of this happy news. We are grateful for this blessing to Taylor University and to our math department through the hard work and giftedness of our exceptional students.”