Waterloo Black wins 2015 ACM ICPC East Central North America Regional Programming Contest

Monday, November 2, 2015

Members of the Waterloo Black Association of Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest team are headed to Phuket, Thailand this coming May for the contest world finals thanks to a stunning performance at this past weekend's East Central North America Regional Programming Contest which took place at the University of Windsor.

Waterloo Black ACM team 2015

Out of 130 teams from 55 universities and colleges, Waterloo's four teams, Waterloo Black, Gold, White and Red finished first, second, third, and ninth, respectively. Other universities in the top 10 were Ohio State (fourth), Toronto (sixth), and Carnegie Mellon (fifth, seventh, eighth, 8th, and 10th). 

Waterloo's Black team was the only team to solve all nine problems, finishing the five-hour contest in four hours and 30 minutes. Waterloo's Gold team also solved more problems (seven) than any other university. 

Team coaches Ondřej Lhoták and Troy Vasiga along with Edward Chrzanowski expressed their pride in the teams. 

"I am impressed with our students. Not only are they carrying a full workload of courses (or are on work term), but they manage to train and compete," explained Chrzanowski

The members of Waterloo's teams were:
Waterloo Black (first place):
Andy Huang
Antonio Molina Lovett
Jacob Jackson
 
Waterloo Gold (second place):
David Choi
Felix Bauckholt
Ted Ying
 
Waterloo White (third place):
Sean Purcell
Renato Ferreira
Yang Gao
 
Waterloo Red (ninth place):
Jim Zhang
Ben Zhang
Charles Zinn
 
Jacob Jackson, Felix Bauckholt, and Renato Ferreira are recipients of the Michael and Ophelia Lazaridis Olympiad Scholarship. Each of them have won medals at international olympiads for either mathematics or informatics
 
Complete contest standings for the East Central North American Regional Contest can be found at 2015 East Central NA Regional Contest standings.
 
The teams are grateful to Wish for sponsoring Waterloo's participation in the contests. 
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