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A Preview of the Year in Sports

By Ann Ames
Associate Sports Editor

Baseball

Eric J. Hopkins '92 and Mike C. Purucker '92

MVPs: Hopkins and Ian W. Somerville '93

Four-year letter winner: Hopkins

Record: 14-15

Men's Basketball

Michael A. Duffy '92

MVP: Duffy

Record: 5-19

Women's Basketball

Showna H. Chang '92, Tania Pinilla '92, and Susie D. Ward '92

MVPs: Marion A. Casserberg '94, second time, and Ward

Four-year letter winners: Chang, Pinilla, and Ward

Record: 9-13

Men's Heavyweight Crew

Gordon Hamilton

Freshman Coach: Stu Schmill

MVP: Goddard Abel `93

The heavyweight crew finished the 1993 regular season with a better-than-average win-loss mark of 5-4, but all year long the Engineers were pointing to the season-ending championship regattas. The crews were rewarded as MIT boats won both the varsity and freshman national championships at the inaugural Champion International Collegiate Regatta held on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA.

Victories over Columbia University, Connecticut College, Williams College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Tufts University gave the varsity a foundation on which to build heading into the collegiate championship. A strong showing at the Eastern Sprints held the week before the Collegiate Championship, in which the varsity won the third-level final and the freshmen placed second in the petite final, showed the crews' strategy was working.

On a weather-perfect day, the varsity edged the Coast Guard Academy by .9 seconds to take the title, while the freshmen enjoyed a 1.6-second margin of victory over the University of California at Irvine. The second varsity boat just missed making the championship an MIT sweep by finishing second to Coast Guard, behind by only 2.5 seconds, in its grand final.

The crew relies on students who have never rowed before. If you feel you may be interested, regardless of your athletic background, please see a coach or call Stu Schmill, Director of Crew, at 3-1698.

Men's Lightweight Crew

Pete Holland

Freshman Coach: Mike Welch

MVP: Otway Louie '93

The lightweight crew rowed to a 3-5 regular season record in 1993 with wins over Holy Cross, Coast Guard and Columbia. The team also rowed well in close losses to Rutgers and Yale.

At the Eastern Sprints, the team missed taking the petite final by less than one-half boat length in one of the most competitive races at the sprints in years. The following weekend, over the same Lake Quinsigamond course, the varsity took third in the grand final at the Champion International Collegiate Regatta. The Engineers were edged out for second place by less than one-half boat length by the similarly nicknamed Georgia Tech squad over the 2,000-meter course. The freshman light boat placed fourth in its grand final.

Women's Crew

Mayrene Earle

1993-94 Captain: Megan Jasek '94

1992-93 MVP: Suzelle Tardif '93

Last year was the most successful year for women's crew team since 1987. The team swept the New England Women's 8 Regatta and set a new record for the Points Trophy. Three boats competed at the Collegiate National Championships in June and two made the Finals. The novices had a very exciting undefeated regular season.

The coming year should bring continued success because only two seniors graduated from the varsity boat and the ex-novices will contribute their winning experiences to this year's team. The team looks forward to competing in its first race in Pittsburgh in October, and maintaining itsundefeated record there.

Men's Cross-Country

David Moyle '94

MVP: Ethan Crain '95

1992 Record: 4-1

Constitution Conference Champions

With the top four (and five of the top seven) runners returning for the 1993 season, the men's cross-country team looks to continue its winning ways. The addition of some quality freshmen could help the cause.

The team's goal is to go through the season undefeated and to qualify for the National Championships. The New England Region is only allotted one team, so becoming that team presents a challenge. With a little luck and good health, the harriers could pull it off.

Women's Cross Country

Spring, Amy Rovelstad '92; Fall, Agnieszka Reiss '95

MVPs: Spring, Nicole L. Freedman '94; Fall, Reiss

Four-year letter winner: Spring, Rovelstad

Record: The team did not compete in dual or tri-meets in the spring.

Men's Fencing

Henrik Martin '93

MVP: Martin

Record: 9-17

Women's Fencing

Felice Swapp '92

MVP: Swapp, second time

Four-year letter winner: Swapp

Record: 20-8

Field Hockey

Robin Krolikowski '93 and Mary Beth Richards '94

MVPs: C.J. Doane '95 and Richards

Four-year letter winner: Krolikowski

Football

Dwight Smith

Captains: TBA

The 1993 team will be the most experienced group to take the field since 1989. Top seniors include linebackers Nolon Duffin '94 and Matt Robinson '94, offensive tackle Jeremy Pitcork '94, defensive tackle J. P. Olynk '94, wide receivesr Roddy Tranuss '94 and Jeff Olson '94, receiver and quarterback John Hurt '94, and defensive back Mickey Williams '94. The top freshman recruit is halfback Jose Delcon.

Varsity Golf

Jack Barry

Assistant: Joe Kuchta

Captain: Frank Popp '94

Manager: Tom Kawamoto '97

The team completed its 20th consecutive winning season last spring with a 15-6 record. Although MVP Ed "Tiger" Harris '93 and Captain Erik Norton '93 graduated, six lettermen will return and at least six promising freshmen will join the team, keeping alive hopes that the team will be able to carry on its traditional quality of performance in Coach Barry's 22nd year at the helm.

Women's Gymnastics

Catherine Rocchio

Captains: Stephanie DeWeese '95 Beth Chen '94

MVP: Julie Lyren '93, second time

Four-year Letter Winner: Karen Oda '93, Lyren

Records were broken meet after meet by the team's Captain and top performer Lyren. Lyren not only set a new all-around record of 36.1 at a meet against Division I rival Yale University but continued throughout the year to set the balance beam record at 9.2 and to tie the Vaulting and floor exercise records of 9.05 and 9.4 set the previous year by All-American Lisa Arel `92.

Lyren, joined by rookie teammate Janet Sollod '96 at the Division III National Championships in Wisconsin, earned two All-American Awards taking fifth place overall on the balance beam and fourth place All-Around. She was voted the NCGA Outstanding Senior Athlete -- an award that an MIT Gymnast has claimed two years running. Lyren further distinguished her athletic career by being the first MIT woman ever to qualify for the Division II National Championships.

This year's season looks to be exceptional as two freshmen, Sheila Rocchio '97 and Tasi Chiarenza '97, should help the team strive for its first berth ever in a National Championship.

Men's Hockey

Joe Quinn, 14th season

Captains: Nick Pearce '94, Jason Biederman '94

MVP (1992-93): Nick Pearce

Record (1992-93): 12 wins, 5 losses

Last year's team graduated two of its top three scorers: Rob Silva '93 and Mike Mini '93. However, there is a solid nucleus to build around this year with the return of captains Pearce and Biederman. Other veteran players expected to make a significant contribution are defensemen Rob Souza '95 and Steve Schlueter '96, and forwards Jonathan Shingles '96, Dan Lee G, and Lloyd Johnston G. The excellent goal-tending of John Simmons '95 will also be depended upon.

The team will continue to compete in the New England Collegiate Club Hocky League and hopes to improve on last year's third place finish.

Men's Outdoor Track

Dan Corcoran '94, Matt Robinson '94

1992-93 Record: 11-1

NCAA Championships: Sixth Place

The 1993-94 men's indoor track and field team will retain 26 of last year's 28 lettermen. New England's second best dual meet team should continue to improve upon its previous successes.

National runner-up in the pole vault, Robinson is expected to lead the returning lettermen along with numerous performers returning from the ranks of the injured and some very promising freshmen. The team's goals are to be undefeated, win the New England Division III Championships, and qualify four or more individuals for the NCAA Division III Championships.

These are difficult goals, but they will be attainable if the team performs as it has continually over the last decade.

Men's Lacrosse

Stephan Feldgoise '92

and Richard Oh '92

MVP: Feldgoise

Four-year letter winner: Daniel Wakabayashi '92

Record: 8-6

Women's Lacrosse

Kimberly Williams `92

MVPs: Susan D. Ward `92 and Williams

Record: 6-4

Men's Gymnastics

Reginald Abel '92

MVP: Christopher J. Ellefson '95

Four-year letter winner: Abel

Record: 3-6

Men's Outdoor Track

Jay Chiang '94, Dan Corcoran '94, Matt Robinson '94

1993 Record: 6-1

New England Division III Championships: 3rd place

The men's outdoor track and field team is looking to return to dominance in New England. While the last three years have been successful, they have not been up to the level of track teams throughout the 80s.

All but one of the lettermen from last year's squad will be returning. Among them are multi-event competitors Andy Ugarov '95 in the jumps, Robinson in the pole vault and hurdles, and Ethan Crain '95 in the middle distance and distance events. The team has many other stars to lend a hand, and hopes that the need for depth in the throwing and horizontal jump events will be filled by incoming freshmen.

Similar to the indoor track team, outdoor track's goals are to go through the season undefeated and win the New England Division III Championships.

Women's Outdoor Track

Gabrielle Rocap '92 and Kelly Sullivan '93

MVP: Nicole L. Freedman '92

Record: 4-3

Pistol

Antony Donovan '94, Jason Zhu '95

Coach: Pat Melaragno

Pistol has been a co-ed varsity sport at MIT since 1938. The team competes in the three Olympic-style events: free, air and standard. Women compete in sport pistol, as well.

Over the years, this team has gone from being a powerhouse in the Boston area to being the premiere civilian team in the country. It has often defeated the military academies in national competition, becoming national champions in air and standard pistol in 1986 and in free pistol in 1988.

Most people who compete in collegiate pistol had no experience before coming to college, yet MIT students routinely become All-American.

Rifle

Miguel Perales '92

MVP: Arthur Merritt '95

Record: 25-9

Men's Sailing

Spring, Michael B. Binnard '92; Fall, Eric Rueckwald '92

Spring MVP: Binnard

Four-year letter winner: Binnard

Women's Sailing

Spring, Monique Lawrence '92; Fall, Paula Lewin '93

Spring MVP: Lewin

Four-year letter winner: Lawrence

Men's and Women's Skiing

Gwen Crevensten '96, James Allbee '94 Wes Sherman '95, Sarah Brooks '95

Record: 48-50 (combined Carnival scoring)

Realignment in eastern collegiate skiing pits MIT's men and women skiers against national powers Dartmouth College, Middlebury University, and University of Vermont. Returning cross-country skiers will be Crevensten, Sherman, Jill Sherwood '95, Jeff Breidenbach '96 and Christian Lund '96. The alpine team, led by Allbee and Brooks, expects improvement from returning teammates Eric Field '94, Eric Fitch '95, Ari Gerstle '96 and Allister Lundberg '96, along with Holly Imlach '95 and Josephine Harada '95.

Dry land training exercises specific to skiing will begin early in October. Ski competitions begin early during IAP and conclude Feb. 25.

Men's Soccer

Jason Grapski '94, Dave Irvine '92

MVP: Grapski

Record: 4-11

Despite a disappointing record, the team had its moment of glory when it defeated Babson College, a nationally ranked team.

Women's Soccer

Celia Fleming '93, Meg O'Neill '93, and Susan Scruggs '93

MVPs: Chantell Wright '95 and Fleming

Four-year letter winners: Christine Coffey '93, Fleming, Sameera Iyengar '92, and O'Neill

Record: 12-5

Softball

Captains: Lynn A. Albers '92, Showna H. Chang '92 and Denise Nemchev '92

MVP: Albers, second time

Four-year letter winners: Albers and Chang

Record: 12-6

The softball team had one of its most successful seasons this spring, finishing with a preseason .500 record in Florida, defeated archrivals Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brandeis University to finish second in the New England Women's 8 Conference.

Squash

Matt D. Trevithick '92

MVP: Trevithick

Record: 6-15

Men's Swimming

Matt Beaumont '92, Saul Nuccitelli G, and Tim Salter '92

MVP: Brian R. Meade '93

Four-year letter winners: Dinesh S. Lathi '92

Record: 3-5

The swimming team had a successful season last year, with four men and one woman named All-Americans. Tina Grosskopf '92 was the only female All-American swimmer because of her performance in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The men, James Bandy '93, Chad Gunnlaugsson '93, Brian Meade '93, and Robert Rockwell '93, were selected beacuse of their excellent performance in the 800-yard and 400-yard relays. The four posted an outstanding minutes, 54.16 seconds in the 800, giving them fourth place in the NCAA Division III championships. In the 400, the team's best time was 3:09.32. The team posted a slightly lower time at the nationals. Meade says the team anticipated last year's performance and is hoping to do even better this year.

"We were definitely gunning for it, we wanted to go to nationals last year, and we hope to be somewhere in the top three in the 800 this year," Meade said. Meade also said the team wanted to win the New England Division III championships this year. So far, the team is on track. The swimmers' most notable achievement this season was the 136-101 shellacking of rival Tufts University -- a team the Engineers had never beaten before.

Women's Swimming

Jennifer M. Chan '92, Patti Foote '93 and Tina Grosskopf '92

MVP: Chan

Four-year letter winners: Chan and Grosskopf

Record: 4-3

Men's Tennis

Manish Bhatia '93, Kenneth Peng '92

MVP: Peng

Four-year letter winner: Peng

Record: 12-8 (combined Fall-Spring seasons)

Bhatia and teammate Jay Muelhoeffer '94 placed third last spring in the NCAA national championship tournament. In addition, Muelhoeffer and Alan Walpole '93 won the doubles Division III championships in Corpus Christi, Tex. last fall.

Women's Tennis

Claudia Hung '93

Record: 13-2

Men's Volleyball

Satoshi Asari G, Chris Chong '94

MVP: Tom Klemas G, Danny Alvarez G

Division III All-Star: Tom Klemas

EIVA Open All-Tournament: Danny Alvarez G

Record: 14-12

Last year's squad had a strong season despite a very tough schedule. The team ended the season by beating higher-ranked Eastern Mennonite College in the quarterfinals of the Division III East Coast Championships, before losing a close match in the semifinals to eventual champion Juniata College.

Asari led the team with assists implementing a strong middle attack with hitters Chong and Brian Vanden Bosch '94, as well as a potent outside attack with hitters Klemas, Alvarez, and Miguel Valle '93. Also, back-row specialist Juan Ramos '93 helped spark the Engineers on several occasions.

The Engineers lost three players to graduation and will be looking for some strong play from former junior varsity team members, who helped win their own league's B-Flight Championship.

Women's Volleyball

Coleen Kaiser '94, Jill Keidl '94

MVP: Kaiser

New England Rookie of the Year: Kamilah Alexander '96

Record: 13-17

Last year, under first-year Head Coach Cindy Gregory, the Engineers managed to cap off the season by reaching the semifinals of the New England Women's Eight Tournament, where they suffered a tough loss to Wheaton, who went on to win the NEW8 Championship.

The team was led by setter Kaiser, whose consistent play allowed hitters Colleen Johnson '93, Mari Katada '94, Pareen Dhalla '95, Keidl, and Alexander to have their way with the opposing defense. Also, the serving and back-row defense of Julie Han '94 and Alison Furuya '96 helped propel the Engineers to victory over some of the best teams in New England, including Division II University of Lowell.

With all but one of last year's starters returning, as well as the addition of setter Chrissy Jones '95 and freshman Stacy Dozono, the Engineers look to be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Water Polo

Chad Gunnalugsson '93 and Jim Lee '93

Four-year letter winners: Isy Goldwasser '93 and Lee

Record: 13-13

Wrestling

Matthew D. Long '92

MVP: Long

Four-year letter winner: Long

Record: 12-5