COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 28, 2001 -- Several New Mexico Tech students proved they know their way around a pool table by sweeping the consolation round at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Regional Pool Tournament, which was recently held at the U. S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tech students Aaron Adcock, David Byrd, Orlando Chapparo, Steve Deal, John Dietrich, and Nicholas Tarasenko aptly represented New Mexico Tech at the regional pool tournament after having qualified by earning the top six places at a previously held campus-wide tournament at the university.

Four of the Tech students--Adcock, Chapparo, Deal, and Tarasenko--advanced from the round-robin play among the first-round field of 31 competitors to make it to the second-round, single-elimination segment of the tournament.

Unfortunately, all four of the Tech pool shooters who advanced lost their first matches in the second round of play.

However, it would be in the ensuing consolation round, double-elimination format, in which the Tech students would shine in the remaining 16-player field: Adcock placed first; Dietrich and Deal tied for third; Tarasenko placed fifth; and Byrd ended up in sixth.

The top four players in the consolation round received plaques for their efforts.

The trip which took the six Tech students to the regional pool tournament in Colorado Spring was sponsored by New Mexico Tech Auxiliary Services and the Tech Gym.