MIT international students win ISOFI:OLYMPI24S
By Andrew Bein
A squad from MIT smashed its way to victory in six of ten events to take first place in the 5th International Students' Olympics as Brandeis, Saturday, April 27.
The team received the President's Trophy for its efforts.
MIT competed against 15 other universities including Babson, Bentley, Boston University, Brandeis, Brown, Northeastern, Tufts, UMass-Boston, the University of Rhode Island, Wentworth and WPI.
"There was a high team spirit throughout the day," said Bernard Teh '86, MIT team manager. "The team consisted of 85 people, but a lot of people were eliminated in the early rounds."
MIT finished "first in every event in swimming," according to Teh. Douglas Golding '87 won the 50-yard freestyle and Gary Gibson G took second place. Victor Lin '88 took top rank in the 50-yard breaststroke.
Gibson had the fastest time in the 50-yard butterfly, followed by Lin and Kirby Burkholder G. Burkholder won the 50 yard backstroke race, with Douglas Golding '87 taking second.
The team of Golding, Gibson, Lin and Burkholder snared first in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The same group also won the 200-yard medley relay.
The MIT table tennis team of Nowa Lubega '86, Vikram Kuriyan '87, Shujaat Nadeem '87 and Hoang Do '88 beat Northeastern in their matches.
David Todd '85 added an MIT victory in the running events, winning the cross country race.
MIT's first volleyball team of Young-Soo Ha '85, Sang Hoon Han '86, Chae Hoon An G, Robert Shin, Kyung Tai Kim '87, Eric Daly '87, and Joon Doi '87 spiked WPI in the finals, 15-6 and 18-16.
MIT dominated the basketball tournament, as the Institute's "A" and "B" teams advanced to the finals. The "A" team of Greg Herman '85, Silvano Brewster G, Mark Fordham '85, Yancy Dennis '85, William Kim '87, Marcus Shute G, Robert Simonson G and Pat Tan G won, 48-45.
Strong representation in the the racquet sports saw Peng Chong Sien '85 finish third in the squash matches. Frank Rizzo '86 was second in the singles tennis competition, while first-place honors went to Brent Foy '85 and Keiko Yamaguchi '88 in the mixed doubles contest.
The competition's more cerebral side saw James Toh '86 take second place in the chess event.
The Olympics were "open to everybody interested, though varsity athletes were not allowed to compete it their own sport," Teh said.
Proceeds of the Olympics are donated to charity. The money raised by the 1985 games will be given to Oxfam America's relief and development programs in Ethiopia and Africa.