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MIT second in national College Bowl championship

MIT second in national

College Bowl championship

MIT came in second place by a fraction of a second in the national College Bowl competition two weeks ago. The team lost to the University of Chicago 245-200 in the final round of the competition held at the University of Minnesota.

The team's achievement marks "the best any New England team has ever done" in the College Bowl since 1977, according to the team coach and adviser Ted E. Johnson, program coordinator in the Campus Activities Complex.

Had team members responded more quickly to the final question, "we would have been champions," said team alternate Henry E. Chung '93. "We got outspeeded by a 10th of a second."

After MIT "defeated Chicago in the morning, Chicago went to the losers bracket and then came back and beat MIT twice to win the title," Johnson said. The five-member team had beaten the University of Chicago one week before in a Princeton University tournament.

Team captain Chip Hunter G and James W. Bales G were chosen for the all-star team by players and coaches at the end of the championship, according to Johnson. Jane J. Yu '92 and James P. Sarvis '93 also participated in the tournament.

Selected from a Student Center Committee tournament during IAP, the MIT team has enjoyed several successes in the "varsity sport of the mind" tournaments this spring. They won the New England regional tournament last month at the University of Connecticut, which qualified them for the 16-field, double-elimination national championship.

The team also won first place at the Brown University Carberry Invitational College Bowl tournament in March, and earned third place in the Princeton tournament.

Hunter, the only MIT player who will not be eligible for the College Bowl next year, thought MIT would have to be "pretty lucky to get back to nationals next year."

Even though the University of Chicago will lose all of its starting players this year, the primary obstacle for MIT next year will be the regional tournament. "We're in a really nasty region," Hunter said.

The College Bowl tournaments challenge players in current events, history, math, geography, sports and literature, Johnson said. The Bowls began in the 1950s on television, sponsored by General Electric. In 1977 the Association of College Unions International "took over the sponsorship of the tournament," Johnson said.

"MIT was on TV back in the '50s," Johnson said. But 1990 was the "second year in recent memory that they made it to the nationals." Two years ago MIT placed eighth in the nation, he added.