Tranum Receives Nelson Award; Ellefson ECAC Gymnast of WeekBy Roger Crosley
Sports Information Director
MIT football player Rod Tranum '93 has been named the winner of the 48th Annual Swede Nelson Award given by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The Nelson Award is given to the senior football player who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and on the gridiron in the small (Division II and III) and large schools (Divisions I and IAA) in New England. Tranum, a wide receiver from Chatsworth, Ga., is the first MIT player to win the Nelson Award. The Nelson Award is named in honor of former Harvard University player and coach, Nils "Swede" Nelson.
MIT gymnast Chris Ellefson '95 has been named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men's Gymnast of the Week for his performance in a dual meet loss to the University of Vermont. Ellefson set an MIT record on the parallel bars with a score of 8.55. He also scored a 44.6 in the all-around to place second in overall scoring.
The MIT crew teams had tremendous success in the fourth annual regatta with the University of Miami. The men's heavyweight crews won the varsity, second varsity and freshmen races and the freshmen posted the day's largest margin of victory. The MIT women defeated the Hurricanes in the varsity and novice races, but dropped the second varsity contest.