Congratulations to the University of Michigan Chess Team - they won the Division II and Mixed doubles prize at the recently completed Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championships held in San Francisco, Dec. 27-30, 2018. The top four teams (Webster A, UT Dallas A, Harvard, UT Rio Grand Valley A) will now play off in the chess final four, that will be held in New York City on April 6-7, 2019.
This is an impressive accomplishment since their average rating is in the 2000-2199 range.
Led by IM (international master) Ann Arbor's own Atulya Shetty at board 1, with 3.5 out of 5, and whose only loss was to GM (grandmaster) Parimarjan Negi from MIT (who is rated 2712 USCF, 2656 FIDE)
Other UM team contributors are: Apurva Virkud with 3.5, Kyle Webster with 3.5, Anastasiia Chaikina with 4.0, Nicho Konovalenko with 2.0
Congratulations and Go Blue!
Team standings table: https://bayareachess.com/static/pairings/panam/index.html Look down to entry 19.
As a side note - there is an interesting story about the Rutgers university team - three of its members drove from New Jersey to California. They wrecked their car in a snow storm in Wyoming but ultimately got there safely. So the competitive zeal in college sports extend beyond just the usual courts/fields.