Several Athletes Receive NCAA All-America HonorsBy Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information
Track athletes Matt Robinson '94 and Mike Piepergerdes '93 recently returned from the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III National Championships at Bowdoin College with a pair of All-America finishes. Robinson, a pole-vaulter, set an Institute record and a personal best with a vault of 16 feet, 3 1/2 inches and finished second in the competition. Piepergerdes took third place in the 1500-meter run with a personal best time of 3 minutes and 55.08 seconds.
Four swimmers came home from the NCAA Division III National Championships at Emory University with All-America honors. The relay team, composed of Brian Meade '93, Bob Rockwell '93, Jim Bandy '93, and Chad Gunnlaugsson '93, received All-America recognition in both the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay after placing eighth in both events at the championships.
The rifle team recently won the Division Championship at the 1993 Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference Championship held at the U.S. Naval Academy. Arte Merritt '95 led all MIT scorers with 569 points. Dorian Balch '94 was the second scorer for the Engineers, posting a total of 566 points. Chris Sarton '96 shot a personal best of 547 points. The championship was the first in the MAC for the team and capped the squad's 20-6 season.
Two MIT fencers captured first in the New England Championships: Mark Hurst '94 in the sabre and Keith Lichten '95 in the epee. Each captured his weapon classification to lead the team to the overall championship.
The women's team placed second in New England with Sara Ontiveros '93 capturing individual champion honors in the meet.
The women's sailing team is currently ranked seventh in the country by Sailing World magazine. The team recently finished fourth in the first regatta of the season with Paula Lewin '93 and Gina Middaugh '93 placing first in the A Division. The team's fourth place finish was higher than three teams currently ranked above the Engineers.