Three Water Polo Players Are All-AmericansBy Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information
Three MIT water polo players have been named to the American Water Polo Coaches Association All-America Team as honorable mentions. Jim Lee '93, Chad Gunnlaugsson '93, and Greg Shank '94 were all chosen.
NEW8 All-Conference Teams
Two more athletes have been named to the New England Women's 8 (NEW8) All-Conference teams. Susie Ward G was chosen from the lacrosse team. Ward, a co-captain, played center and tallied nine goals and eight assists in NEW8 play. Softball player Coleen Kaiser '94 was also selected. She was the team's top pitcher (1.75 earned run average) and leading hitter (.333) in conference play.
The MIT women's tennis team finished in eleventh place in last week's NCAA Division III National Championships at Carleton College in Minnesota. The Engineers lost a first round match to the University of California at San Diego 0-9, and then were beaten in their next match 3-6 by St. Thomas college. The women rallied in their final match to defeat Smith College 6-3 and end the season with a 14-7 record.
MIT tennis players Alan Walpole '93 and Jay Muelhoefer '94 returned from the recent National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championships after receiving All-America recognition for their play. Walpole and Muelhoefer advanced to the semifinal round of the tournament, where they lost to a tandem from Claremont College by a score of 6-3, 6-4. The Claremont team was seeded third in the tournament, while Walpole and Muelhoefer had been the top seed.
Three MIT fencers have qualified to fence in the U.S. Fencing Association's National Championships. Held in Fort Myers, Florida, in June, the championships will feature the talents of the U.S. Olympic team, which competed in Barcelona last summer. MIT varsity member Keith H. Lichten '95, team captain Mark P. Hurst '94, and team alumnus Joseph Harrington G will present a threat to the Olympic powerhouses in the Division I competition. Epeeist Lichten qualified for nationals by winning a silver medal at the 1993 Junior Olympics. Hurst and Harrington qualified at the North Atlantic Sectional Championships on May 8th and 9th; Hurst won the sabre event and Harrington placed fourth in the epee. Hurst and Lichten look forward to returning to the MIT fencing room next fall to lead the team to its best year in recent history.
MIT baseball coach Fran O'Brien has been named the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Division III Coach of the Year. O'Brien, in his 25th season, led the Engineers to a best-ever 22-11 record. By being selected, O'Brien will coach in the New England Collegiate All-Star game, to be held Monday June 7 at Fenway Park. Peter Hinteregger '93 and Ian Somerville '93 were each named to the All-New England team. Hinteregger, a second team selection, sported an 8-2 record as MIT's top pitcher, while Somerville was the team's leading hitter, with a .375 average. MIT is also well represented on the Constitution Athletic Conference (CAC) 1993 All-Conference Team. Hinteregger, Somerville, and Jeff Olsen '94 were first team selections, and first baseman Brian Christensen '94 was named to the second team. Olsen played centerfield and hit .414 in conference play. Christensen hit .346 in the conference.
The MIT sailing teams enter the spring 1993 national championships by being nationally ranked by Sailing World magazine. The women's squad is the sixth ranked team in the country, while the men's team has earned a ranking of 19.
Women's track and field
MIT women's track and field weight throwers Jenn Boyle '96 and Kristin Ratliff '95 each set Institute records in the recently completed Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championships. Boyle won the shot put with a throw of 37 feet. Ratliff placed fourth in that event, but earned a third pace finish and set an MIT record in the discus with a throw of 127 feet 7 inches.
MIT softball centerfielder Jen McMurray '93 has been named to the GTE College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District second team. McMurray hit .355 for the Engineers and is a materials science and engineering major.
MIT Director of Crew Stu Schmill has been named as coach of the United States entry in the 14th Maccabiah Games, to be held July 7-9 on the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
Men's track and field
Three MIT track and field athletes have qualified for the NCAA Division III championships, which will be held beginning Wednesday at Baldwin-Wallace College. Mike Piepergerdes '93 will compete in the 1500 meter run, while teammates Matt Robinson '94 and John Wallberg '96 will be among the entrants in the field events. Robinson will compete in the pole vault and Wallberg will compete in the hammer throw.