Strong team, individual efforts highlight the year in athletics at the 'TuteBy Daniel E. Wang
The sports seasons of the past year were dominated by several strong teams and outstanding athletes. Women's sailing and women's volleyball had strong showings, as did the field hockey and men's gymnastics team. In individual achievement, 11 MIT students were named All-Americans, including Jay Muelhoefer '94 for his third consecutive year. Join us for this look back on the highs and lows of the past year in Institute athletics.
Captains: Brian Christensen '94, Jon Gass '94, John Mueller '94
Most Valuable Player: Mueller
Four-year Letter Winners: Brooks Mendell '93, Christensen, Gass, Mueller, Jeffrey Olson '94, Daniel Sabanosh '94
Last spring, despite achieving their third winning record in the last five years, the Engineers were unable to return to defend the title in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament they won the previous year. The team showed improvement at the end of the season by winning seven of its last 10 games.
Two players received All-Conference honors in the Constitution Athletic Conference. Jeff Olson, with a .469 batting average in conference play, was selected to the first team, and named Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year. Pitcher Rob Lepard '95 was named to the second team All-CAC. Despite a 13 record in the conference action, he recorded an earned run average of 1.80.
Lepard, Brian Christensen, and Jon Gass were named to the GTE CoSIDA academic all-district second team.
Captain: Nikki Caruthers '95
Most Valuable Player: Caruthers
The hoopsters improved on two previous 519 seasons, finishing the '93-94 season with a 717 record. The Engineers could have achieved better results had point guard Caruthers not missed a few games because of an injury.
Center Keith Whalen '96 highlighted individual performances, leading the team in scoring and rebounding. His efforts earned him a spot on the CAC second team.
The team did not lose anyone to graduation, and the starting lineup returned to the '94-95 season with added experience. The Engineers overcame a slow 03 start to finish the first semester of the '94-95 season with a 33 record.
Captain: Mari Casserberg '94
Most Valuable Player: Casserberg
Casserberg passed two major milestones this season. She became the second player in MIT women's basketball history to score over 1,000 career points. She later surpassed Maureen Fahey '90 to become MIT's all-time leading female scorer.
The Engineers also gained an impressive third place finish at the Catholic University Coca-Cola Classic in Washington, DC. The team rebounded from a six-point loss in the first round to capture the consolation game. Kristin Ratliff '95 and C.J. Doane '95 were named to the all-tournament team.
The team traditionally opens the season with the Engineer Tip-Off Classic, held at home. It went into the '94 edition hoping to defend the championship gained a year ago. MIT came close, but was edged out in the final by Salve Regina University, the same team it met in the title game last year.
Men's Heavyweight Crew
Captain: Lorin Theiss '94
Most Valuable Player: Neeraj Gupta '94
Four-year Letter Winners: Theiss, Gupta, Dan Dunn '94
The team struggled throughout a season which featured conditions which were less than ideal for rowing. The Engineers faced strong Harvard and Princeton crews in the Compton Cup, and traveled to the compete in the Cochrane Cup against Dartmouth and host Wisconsin. However, they were unable to come away with a win against any of their opponents.
The highlight of the year came at the end of the '93-94 season when an MIT crew rowed to a second place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta in Syracuse, NY. The crew consisted of Charley Abel '97, David Spielvogel '95, Victor van Berkel '96, Dunn, and coxswain Anand Raghunathan '96.
Early in the following season, the team successfully competed in various meets. At the Head of the Ohio regatta, the Engineers won two bronze medals in the three events there. They also fielded a third-place boat at the Head of the Connecticut Regatta, and later captured five medals at a New Hampshire meet.
A week later, members of the team emerged victorious in the Club Eight division of the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The triumphant crew was Franz Busse '95, Chris Putnam '96, Jeff Tomasi '96, Adam Cotner '96, Toby Ayer '96, Lorin Theiss G, John Singer '95, and Nate Crosswhite '95, with Peter Yao '95 as coxswain.
Men's Lightweight Crew
Captain: Robert Bergan '94
Most Valuable Player: Greg Campbell '94
The team's most remarkable feats came near the end of the season with a win over the Coast Guard Academy and a third place finish in the Petite Final of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta.
Adverse wind conditions on the day of the meet with Coast Guard forced a change in the format to a best of three four-minute races. The Engineers split the first two races, but captured the decider to win the meet.
At the IRA event in Syracuse, N.Y., the Engineers beat Pacific Lutheran College in a sprint over the last 100 meters, to capture third place.
Captain: Megan Jasek '94
Most Valuable Player: Jasek
Four-year Letter Winners: Jasek
The Engineers had one of their most successful seasons ever, winning a second consecutive New England Women's Eight Championship and the Smith Cup for overall performance in the regatta.
The team's only loss came early in the season, when rival Boston University won by a scant seven seconds. After defeating all subsequent opponents, the varsity easily captured the NEW-8 title, coming ahead of Wellesley College, the second-place finisher, by 12 seconds. Similar performances by other crews earned MIT the Smith Cup.
In the fall, the team had a successful day at the Head of the Charles Regatta, followed with a victory at the MIT Invitational.
Captain: Jesse Darley '95
Most Valuable Player: Ethan Crain '95
Four-year Letter Winners: Darley
Led by Jesse Darley '95 and Ethan Crain '95, the harriers qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III national championship and ended up ranked 10th in the nation. Crain and Darley had worked together as a team throughout the regular season, and continued to do so at nationals. As a result, Crain finished ninth and Darley placed 10th; both also earned All-America honors.
The team was consistent in its performance, usually dominating their opponents. The Engineers won the CAC Championship for the fourth consecutive year, putting five runners in the top seven places, and defeating the next best team by 35 points.
Crain was the individual champion, and was named to the All-Conference team. Darley, Dan Helgeson '97, Josh Feldman '97, and Arnold Seto '96 joined Crain on the All-Conference team.
In addition, the runners finished second at the New England Division III championship, and were named Team Academic All-America for the first time ever.
Captain: Agnieszka Reiss '95
Most Valuable Player: Janis Eisenberg '98
Four-year Letter Winners: Marjorie Delo '95, Evelyn Kao '95, Reiss
The highlight of a successful season for the team was a third consecutive victory at the Engineers' cup, where MIT runners took 10 of the top 15 positions. The team also finished fourth at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational, and was narrowly edged by the host team at the Wellesley Invitational.
Janis Eisenberg, in her first season of intercollegiate competition, won the NEW-8 Championship, and achieved the rare feat of being named both NEW-8 Runner of the Year and NEW-8 Rookie of the Year. She qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship as an individual, and finished 34th to gain All-America status. She is the first MIT woman to attain such status in cross country.
Marjorie Delo joined Eisenberg on the All-Conference team by finishing fifth at the championship.
Captain: Mark Hurst '94
Most Valuable Player: Hurst
Four-year Letter Winners: Hurst, Rene Despinos '94
Better team results could have been desired for the first season under the helm of coach Eric Solleé, but there were a handful of outstanding individual performances. For such a time, five of the losses were decided by five bouts or less, including 1314 heartbreakers to Brown University and the University of North Carolina.
Keith Lichten '95 in the épée and René Despinos in the sabre each qualified for the NCAA championship. Lichten and Hurst in the sabre each emerged as victors of the New England championship, where MIT finished third.
Captain: Wanda Chin '97
Most Valuable Player:Chin
Despite attaining a losing record in regular dual meets, the Engineers managed a third place finish in the New England Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association championship in the foil. The team also won the title in the épée, in the first year of competition in that weapon. The épée squad was selected to perform at the NCAA Championship as a demonstration sport.
At the New England Championship, Katherine Fricks G placed third in the épée, and Amy Hwang '97 finished fifth in the foil.
Captains: Catherine Mangion '95, Meera Saini '95
Most Valuable Player: Katherine Merrilees '97
Four-year Letter Winners: Mangion, Carla Oshiro '95, Saini
The team had its best season ever in 1994, winning its first ever NEW-8 Tournament title. The Engineers were also ranked as high as fourth in the NCAA Division III Northeast Region.
In the championship game of the NEW-8 Tournament, the Engineers used an early goal to defeat Babson College, 10. A week later, the two teams met again in the semifinals of the ECAC championship. This time, Babson prevailed, but only when penalty strokes were used after two scoreless sudden-death overtimes to settle a 00 tie.
In the same season, Katherine Merrilees '96 became the first-ever MIT All-American in field hockey and was named to the College Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III third team. She was also voted NEW-8 Player of the Year, and head coach Cheryl Silva was named NEW-8 Coach of the Year.
Goalkeeper Laura Walker '97, named the team's Most Improved Player, recorded a .932 save percentage, 12 shutouts, and conceded only eight goals in 20 games, all in her first year in goal. Stephanie Maifert '98 contributed eight goals to the team, earning her the title of the team's rookie of the year.
Captains: Nick Bollweg '95, Andy Carnell '95, Corey Foster '95, Andy Phelps '95
Most Valuable Players: Bollweg, Foster, Carnell
Four-year Letter Winners: Neil Best '95, Bollweg, Carnell, Foster, Phelps
The Engineers were forced to play their first few games without running back Jose DeLeon '97, who suffered a wrist injury. They were hard-pressed to improve on, or even repeat their stellar performance of the previous season. Before DeLeon's return, the team had managed only a meager 15 record.
After DeLeon returned to the field, the team easily won three of its last four games, including a 480 Homecoming rout of Curry College. It was the second largest win in MIT football history.
Quarterback Alix Sgouros '95 finished his career with a number of Institute passing records including yards gained and completions. Nick Bollweg was a first team All-Conference selection in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference for the second consecutive year, while Corey Foster, Trent Redman '97, and DeLeon were second team All-Conference selections.
Andy Carnell led the defense, having recorded over 100 tackles as linebacker. Carnell and Mike Butville '98 were all conference picks while Chris Yanney '97 received honorable mention. Scott Vollrath '96 was the ECFC punting champ, which earned him a first team All-Conference title.
Record: 158, fall and spring
Captain: Frank Popp '94
Most Valuable Players: Popp, Tom Kawamoto '96
Four-year Letter Winners: Popp
The golf team recorded its 21st consecutive winning season, the longest streak of any Institute team.
The only senior on the '93-94 team, Frank Popp '94, closed out his collegiate career on a high note. In his last varsity match, he ousted the captain of Northeastern University on the fourth hole of the sudden death playoff to give MIT a one-stroke win.
Phil Tracadas '95 finished 12th of 80 golfers at the Massachusetts Intercollegiate Championship. During the following summer, Popp and Tracadas represented MIT in the Irish-American University Golf Program in Ireland.
In the fall of 1994, the team placed third at the CAC tournament and the Bowdoin Invitational Tournament. Oliver Burland '98 gave the best performance from a newcomer at the CAC tournament, and received the CAC Rookie of the Year award. MIT finished the season with a 35th-place finish in the New England Intercollegiate Golf Championship.
Captains: Chris Ellefson '95, Scott Lazerwith '96
Most Valuable Player: Ellefson
Four-year Letter Winners: Manuel Jaime '92
Coach Fran Molesso claimed that this team had the most talent of any he had coached at MIT. However, a difficult schedule, including many Division I opponents, did not make this level of talent apparent. At the ECAC championship, MIT set a team record, with a mark of 215.15, and did so without placing a performer in the top eight of any single event. At the meet, MIT broke five records for team scoring on the individual apparatuses.
The Engineers qualified for, and competed in the 1994 National Championship at Denton, Tex., where they finished sixth. Five members were named USA Gymnastics National Scholar-Athletes. The team was later awarded the status of national academic team champion for boasting the highest grade point average in the nation.
Captains: Beth Chen '94, Stephanie DeWeese '95
Most Valuable Player: Tasi Chiarenza '97
Four-year Letter Winners: Kimberly Conwell '94
The women's gymnastics team faced the stiffest competition of any sports team at MIT, reflected in the no-win record. However, like many of the other teams, there were some notable individual feats.
Catherine Rocchio '97 and Tasi Chiarenza '97 both earned All-America honors at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Division III Championship. Rocchio received honors for her performances in the all-around and on the uneven bars, while Chiarenza was recognized for her results on the bars. Janet Sollod '96 joined the pair in qualifying for the championship.
MIT hosted the ECAC Division III Championship, where the Engineers earned their highest team scoring mark of the season. At the meet, Rocchio won the balance beam competition and placed third in the floor exercise. In her championship performance on the beam, Rocchio also set an Institute record.
Both Rocchio and Chiarenza were named ECAC Gymnast of the Week during the season, and each set Institute records in individual event.
Men's Ice Hockey
Captain: Nick Pearce '94
Most Valuable Player: Pearce
Four-year Letter Winners: Jason Biederman '94, Pearce
Before the season, the team had set its sights set on qualifying for the post-season New England Collegiate Hockey Association Championship Tournament for the third consecutive year. The players, however, would not know they had qualified until the very last night of the regular season: In a make-up game against Southern Connecticut State, the league-leading team, the Engineers pulled off an exciting 76 win and earned a berth in a tournament.
Unfortunately, they would lose to the same team in the semifinals of the tournament, 32. The team ended the first semester of the '94-95 season undefeated, with a 502 record.
Women's Ice Hockey
Captain: Carol Boudreau '94
Most Valuable Player: Susie Wee G
Captains: Ryan Blanchette '94 and Chris Berg '95
Most Valuable Player: Blanchette
Four-year Letter Winners: Blanchette
The Engineers experienced strikingly different results between conference and non-conference play. They achieved a 63 record in the Pilgrim League and had a chance at the conference title until the final league game. The same team also dropped four non-league contests by a combined score of 6323.
Ryan Blanchette and Chris Berg '95 were named to the Pilgrim League All-Star Team. Blanchette and Tom Nowalk '94 were each named to the New England East-West Senior All-Star Game. John Hoctor '96 was a Pilgrim League Player of the Week.
Captain: Allison Marino G
Most Valuable Players: Helen Azrin '94 and Rebecca Milam '94
The women's lacrosse team seemed to be the mirror image of the men's lacrosse team: the same results, only backwards. Outside the NEW-8 conference, the team was quite successful, but within the conference, it was only able to win one of five.
The sole conference victory was a 108 defeat of Smith College. Smith later bounced back to defeat the Engineers in the first round of the NEW-8 tournament, 169.
The only loss outside the conference occurred in the finals of the Elms College tournament, where the Engineers lost to New England College, 109 in overtime. Catherine Mangion '95 and Jen Chank '95 were selected to the all-tournament team.
Captain: Antony Donovan '95 and Jason Zhu '95
Most Valuable Player: Kyle W. Blasch G
Four-year Letter Winners: Blasch
The team made extensive travel as usual, because few local schools field varsity pistol teams. Most of the losses came to the service academies that made up most of the team's schedule.
Despite the losing record, MIT still managed to qualify for the National Collegiate Pistol Championship in three different guns: the air, standard, and free pistols. There, the Engineers finished seventh, eighth, and 10th, in their respective events.
Alice Wang '97 qualified as an individual in the ladies' sport pistol. She improved from a 10th place result at sectional to a sixth-place finish at nationals.
Most Valuable Player: Dorian Balch '94
Four-year Letter Winners: Balch
Consistent performances from one meet to the next led to continued success for the Engineers in 1994. The highlight of the season was a repeat victory of the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship. The previous year, MIT defeated DePaul University in a postal match (targets and scores are exchanged through mail to cut down travel time and expenses) to win the title.
This time, the two teams met in person for competition. MIT prevailed again, in a close matchup. Dorian Balch and Chris Sarton '97 were named to the '93-94 all-academic team.
Record: Win-loss records are not kept
Captain: Adam London '95
Most Valuable Player: Doug DeCouto '97
In the '93-94 season an inexperienced squad was unable to maintain the national ranking of 19th that MIT had attained at the end of the season before.
Doug DeCouto '97 and Jeff Brock '97 competed against some of the best freshman sailors in the country at the New England freshman championship, and came away with a third-place finish.
Throughout the fall of 1994, the team experienced a variety of successes. MIT finished eighth out of 15 schools at the New England sloop championship. Representatives of the team gathered top-five finishes at numerous competitions that followed.
The same weekend MIT hosted the Smith Trophy, which featured 25 schools, the largest field of any regatta in the country. Elaine Heal '95, with Yoko Kusumoto '97, and Adam London, with Anna Michel '98, led the Engineers to a fourth-place finish.
Various team members captured victories at the Cape Cod Open and in the Brandeis Bowl Regatta.
Record: Win-loss records are not kept
Captain: Elaine Heal '95
Most Valuable Player: Danielle Ames '96
The women's sailing team held onto the Olympians' Trophy, given at the New England sloop championship, for the second straight year in the '93-94 season.
Danielle Ames took the A division of the women's Division III Intersectional and placed fifth out of 34 entries in the New England single-handed championship. Ames and Elaine Heal '95 combined to finish second out of 12 in the women's division of the Horn Trophy. Ames, Heal, and Patricia Schmidt '96 teamed up to claim the Olympians' Trophy.
In the fall of 1994, the team of Ames, Heal, Schmidt, and Yoko Kusumoto '97 finished eighth in the nation.
At the Atlantic Coast Championship, the team finished sixth in a field that featured 12 of the top 15 teams in the nation. Ames and Kusomoto came in fourth place.
Ames also posted a third-place result in the New England single-handed championship, to end up with an individual ranking of ninth in the nation.
Record: Win-loss records are not kept
Captain: Wesley Sherman '95, James Albee '95
Most Valuable Player: James Albee '95
Record: Win-loss records are not kept
Captain: Katherine A. Trauth G
Most Valuable Player:Trauth
Four-year Letter Winner: Trauth
Captain: Raja Jindal '95, Alan Love '95
Most Valuable Player: Joe Wenisch '96
Four-year Letter Winners: Love, Dave Roberts '95, Paul Mashikian '95
The team finished just short of a .500 record for the fourth consecutive season. MIT won the first game of the season, but fell victim to a number of one-goal losses, and only once was able to win two consecutive games.
Joe Wenisch earned a selection to the CAC All-Conference first team. Sam Pearlman '96 and Dave Roberts '95 were also named to the CAC All-Conference team.
Captains: Emily Brown '96, Becky Hill '95
Most Valuable Player: Hill
Four-year Letter Winners: Deb Gustafson '95, Hill
The women's soccer team started the season off well, winning six of its seven games, but then fell victim to a handful of one-goal losses. The Engineers went into the NEW-8 Tournament as the fourth seed, where they defeated Wheaton College, 42 and then lost to Babson College, also by a score of 42.
Co-captain Emily Brown was named to the NEW-8 All-Conference team for her defensive skills, while co-captain Becky Hill was named NEW-8 Conference Player of the Year, for her team-leading scoring performance. Hill was also the Institute's first women's soccer player to be selected to the regional All-America team.
Captains: Dionne Chapman '94 and Colleen Kaiser '94
Most Valuable Player: Kaiser
Four-year Letter Winners: Chapman, Kaiser
Colleen Kaiser, who pitched all 18 games, proved to be an invaluable contributor to the team. Delivering a 126 pitching performance, and a batting average over .450, Kaiser was named a first team NEW-8 all-star. The Engineers advanced to the semifinals of the NEW-8 tournament, where they fell to WPI, 31. WPI handed the Engineers half of their losses, as it swept the Engineers in two one-run games of a doubleheader earlier in the season. Errors were a factor in MIT's losses: The team committed 21 errors in six losing games.
Dionne Chapman, who maintained a .419 batting average, was named to the academic All-America third team.
Captain: Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah
Most Valuable Player: Irfan Chaudhary G
Four-year Letter Winners: Chaudhary, Yeboah-Amankwah
The squash team earned a ranking of 15th in the nation and produced its third All-American in the past four years - Irfan Chaudhary, named to All-America second team.
The team could have easily finished with a better record had one or two matches gone the other way. The Engineers suffered four consecutive 45 losses to end the season, including three defeats at the team championship.
Captain: Ted Achtem '95, Brian Dye '96, Sherrif Ibrahim '96
Most Valuable Player: Achtem
Four-year Letter Winners: Vijay Lathi '94, Alan Liu '94
The team struggled in dual meets after losing many key members to graduation the previous year. A lack of divers also gave some free points to opponents.
MIT sent 13 swimmers to the New England Division III Championship, and finished eighth out of 20 teams. The Engineers delivered top eight finishes in a handful of individual events, and in all of the relays.
Ted Achtem produced impressive results at the New England Championship, making his selection as most valuable swimmer easy to justify. At the meet, he finished second in the 400-yard individual medley, third in the 100-yard individual medley, second in the 200-yard backstroke, and fifteenth in the 100-yard freestyle. His performances also broke his own Institute records in the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard IM.
He was also a member of the sixth-place 400-yard freestyle relay team, and the 800-yard freestyle relay which finished fifth.
Achtem was the only MIT swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championship.
Captains: Christine Harada '94, Holly Goo '95, and Clara Yang '95
Most Valuable Player: Goo
Four-year Letter Winners: Harada
The women's team also suffered considerable losses to graduation. But with only one member graduated in 1994, the Engineers return to the '94-95 season with added experience and improvement.
At the New England Division III Championship, despite not placing anyone in the top 10 in swimming events, many of the Engineers achieved personal best times. For a few, it was a way to close out their collegiate careers in style.
Off the diving boards, Deb Gustafson '95 led the way for MIT. Gustafson, who either won or finished high at most of the dual meets, finished 10th in the 1-meter springboard, and fifth in the 3-meter springboard.
Record: 813, spring and fall
Captain: Jay Muelhoefer '94
Most Valuable Player: Muelhoefer
Four-year Letter Winners:Muelhoefer, Mauricio Lomelin '94
The netmen struggled through most of the spring, as they lost to most of their New England rivals. They were able to finish the spring on a high note by winning three of their last four matches.
Jay Muelhoefer qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship in singles, and also was joined by Nick Tsai '94 for the doubles tournament. The duo reached the semifinals, was ranked fifth in the nation, and won All-American honors. Muelhoefer earned his third consecutive All-America selection.
The team that returned in the fall was less experienced, finishing 23 in dual meets.
MIT's domination of the Rolex New England Championship came to an end as all singles and doubles representatives lost early. MIT had always fielded a doubles champion in the tournament before Geoff Lanyon '98 and Dan Wang '97 lost in straight sets to the top-seeded team from Williams College in the first round.
Record: 411, spring and fall
Captain: Carol Matsuzaki '95
After a fairly successful fall season in 1993, the team went 04 in the spring of 1994. A single point was the margin of defeat in three of the four losses for MIT. At season's end, the doubles pair of Matsuzaki and Valerie Tan '94 delivered the best individual performances, finishing fourth in the East Region of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The following fall, the Engineers finished fourth in the NEW-8 Conference, with a 43 record, but were winless against non-conference opponents. The team placed 11th out of 27 teams at the New England Championship.
First singles player Matsuzaki was voted NEW-8 Player of the Year, an impressive feat for someone who had played tennis competitively for less than three years. She achieved a regional ranking of 22nd in singles, and teamed up with Miranda Fan '95 to finish 11th in doubles.
Third doubles team Lily Koo '97 and Bobbi Kommineni '97 joined Matsuzaki in being named to the All-Conference team.
Men's Track and Field, Indoor
Captain: Dan Corcoran '94, Matt Robinson '94
Most Valuable Player: Robinson
Four-year Letter Winners: Corcoran, James Kirtley '94, Elliott Mason '94, Robinson
The team remained undefeated for the entire season until the final meet, a four-way competition that included nemesis Williams College. The Ephs were the only ones who could stand in the way of the Engineers capturing the Quad Cup title, and managed to do so.
Matt Robinson and John Wallberg both qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship, and both came away with All-America honors. Robinson, who had won his sixth New England Division III pole vault title, placed second at the national competition, with a varsity record of 16 feet, 3-3/4 inches. Wallberg placed sixth in the 35-pound weight throw.
The Engineers were able to produce two other New England Division III champions - Matt Sandholm '96 in the 200 meters and Ethan Crain '95 in the 1500 meters. Crain also set a new varsity record in the 5000 meters at the All-New England Championship, finishing with a time of 14 minutes, 49.38 seconds.
Men's Track and Field, Outdoor
Captains: Jay Chiang '94, Dan Corcoran '94, Matt Robinson '95
Most Valuable Player: Ethan Crain '95
Four-year Letter Winners: Chiang, Kirtley, Kevin Knoedler '94, Robinson
The team lost many of its indoor point scorers to injury, and was not able to do as well in the outdoor meets. The Engineers lost to Tufts University by four points and to Springfield College by seven points.
The Engineers produced a national champion in Crain, who captured the 1500-meter title at the NCAA Division III Championship. Matt Robinson and John Wallberg also qualified for nationals, but Robinson could not attend, and Wallberg did not place.
Women's Track and Field
Captain: Teresa Chang '94, Agniesza Reiss '95
Most Valuable Players:Marjorie Delo '95, Kristin Ratliff '96
MIT played host to the inaugural NEW-8 Championship in the sport. Although the Engineers finished last as a team, there were a number of remarkable individual performances. At the meet, Ratliff broke her own Institute record in the discus to secure first place. Jen Boyle '96 tied the school record in the shot put to win that event. Reiss added another victory for the Engineers with a first-place finish in the 1500-meter race.
Captains: Koji Asari '96, David M. Lehman '97
Most Valuable Players: Satoshi Asari '93 and Chris Chong '94
Four-year Letter Winners: Asari
The men's volleyball team competes on a Division I schedule, which features rather stiff competition. The quality of the opponents was a major factor behind the Engineers' losing record. The Engineers also experienced losing streaks to begin and end the season - a four-game skid early in the season, followed by six consecutive losses at the end.
The greatest success for the team came at the Eastern Invitational Volleyball Association Tournament, held at Vassar College. MIT won four matches and dropped only one on the way to winning the consolation bracket.
Captains: Pareen Dallah '95, Robin Smith '95
Four-year Letter Winners: Dhalla, Colleen Johnson '94
The Engineers were successful in tournament play, reaching the finals of every tournament that they competed in. Consistent performances gave them the top ranking in the NCAA Northeast Region, which they held for most of the season.
Although MIT compiled a 6-1 record in the conference, and was the top seed in the NEW-8 Tournament, it suffered an upset to Smith College in the semifinals. Despite the loss, it was still given a bid in the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since 1990. In the regional subsection of the tournament, the team lost in the first round to Eastern Connecticut State University.
Kamilah Alexander '96 led the individual performances, earning several tournament and post-season honors. She was the MVP at the Hall of Fame Classic and was named to all-tournament teams at events at MIT and Bates College. Alexander was voted player of the year for the second time in the NEW-8 Conference, and was also named to the All-Conference team and the New England All-Region team. Pareen Dhalla was selected to the all-tournament team at the Bates tournament and the ECSU Invitational Tournament, and was also named to the New England All-Region team.
Men's Water Polo
Captain: Javier Nazario '95, Evan Weis '96
Most Valuable Player: Nazario
Four-year Letter Winner: Nazario
The team faced numerous Division I opponents, a major factor behind its losing record. However, the Engineers finished 31 against Division III competition.
The Engineers finished in sixth place in the Eastern Water Polo Association North Division and reached the finals of the Division III East Court Tournament. At the latter event, they lost to Johns Hopkins University, the same team that defeated them the previous year.
Javier Nazario was named to the first team Division III All-Region team for the second consecutive year. Fellow Engineers Matt Lau '97, David A. Brandenburger '95 and goalie Brian Fitch '96 were named to the second team all-region.
Women's Water Polo
Captains:Cheryl Klepser G, Clara Yang '95
Most Valuable Player:Klepser
The team's improvement was evident by its change in results in tournaments. MIT went 02 in its first tournament, followed with a 12 finish at the Harvard Invitational Tournament, then ended with a 21 record, as the host team, in the Women's Water Polo Non-League Championship. The final tournament, a 74 defeat to Harvard, was the lone loss for MIT, but a change from a 172 setback the preceding week.
The team lost only one starter to graduation, and will enter the '94-95 season with high hopes of qualifying for the regional championship.
Captains: Jeff Breedlove '94, Andy Phelps '95
Most Valuable Player: Breedlove
Four-year Letter Winners: Breedlove
The matmen maintained their streak of winning seasons since 1980, a string that has lasted throughout Tim Walsh's tenure as head coach. During the '93-94 season, they experienced alternating winning and losing streaks. At the beginning of 1994, the team lost three consecutive meets, but then following by winning three straight. The team then split its final six matches.
The Engineers performed well at the season-ending New England Division III Championship. Drew Rideout '95 placed second in the 128-pound class, while Chandler Harben '95 placed third in the 190 lbs. class. Jeff Breedlove '94 in the 167 lbs. division, and Chris Kantner '97 in the 158 lbs., both earned sixth-place results.
The most remarkable single victory came at the Northern New England Tournament. There, Harben defeated the eighth ranked Division III wrestler in the nation to steal the title.
Breedlove was named to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar/Athlete team for the second consecutive year.
At season's end, the team was awarded the New England Sportsmanship Award by the New England Wrestling Referees Association.
Special thanks to Roger Crosley, sports information director.