The Brigham Young University has a bit of March Madness and not just for their men's basketball team. The school is also showcasing their powerhouse "Mathletes" squad, a group of students who compete together in national collegiate mathematics competitions.
BYU recently made a "Pi Day music video" showing screaming fans and groupies cheering on their Mathletes. In the song, a chorus of women sing "The BYU Mathletes are coming after ya / When they walk by don't do the wave do the parabola."
BYU's Mathletes do have a few things to brag about; they snagged 2006 national high school math champ Sam Dittmer away from MIT and Stanford, and with Dittmer the 2009 team broke into the top 25 national ranking.
Last season when Dittmer went abroad on a mission, the Mathletes still made it to the Sweet 16, which the school notes is the deepest run of any BYU team since 1979. More recently, they placed third in a national competition against a field of 99 teams, finishing ahead of Duke, Yale and Vanderbilt.
BYU math department chair Tyler Jarvis said in a news release the team stepped up and worked hard to make it happen with Dittmer's absence.
"The BYU Math program was always good," Jarvis said, "but now we are really moving up to the next level, with smart students and excellent faculty coaches."
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