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From Fencing to Water Polo, MIT Athletes Qualify for Nationals

By Roger Crosley
Sports Information Director

Several MIT athletes have qualified or are alternates as individual competitors for national championships.

In fencing, Keith Lichten '95 has qualified in the epee, while Merideth Rising '98 is the second alternate in the women's epee.

In pistol, Lina Chen '97 and Jane Sohn '98 have qualified in the Ladies Air Pistol and the Ladies Sport Pistol, respectively. Alice Wang '97 is an alternate in the Ladies Air Pistol, as is Sohn.

On the men's side, John Novak '96 and Steve Shaw '95 are qualifiers in the Standard pistol. Robert Ristroph '96 will compete in the free pistol. Ben Leong '97 is an alternate.

Men's Track and Field

MIT returned from last weekend's National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III indoor track national championships with two All-America honorees.

Ethan Crain '95 grabbed a second place in the 1,500 meters. Crain covered the distance in a personal best time of 3 minutes, 54.41 seconds, .4 seconds slower than the event's champion. Crain had been seeded sixth entering the meet.

In the weight throw, John Wallberg '96 rallied from seventh place entering the finals to finish fourth. Wallberg set a personal best with a throw of 55 feet, 3 1/2 inches. The Engineers finished tied for 10th place as a team.

Wrestling

Three MIT wrestlers were named to the National Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete team at the recently completed NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Drew Rideout '95 in the 126 lbs. class, Aaron Reichl '96, who wrestles at 150 lbs., and heavyweight Ben Hellweg '97 were each named to the squad.

Women's Basketball

Basketball player C.J. Doane '95 was selected to play in the 1995 New England Women's Basketball Association Senior All-Star Classic. Doane played in the game this past weekend at Brandeis University.

Women's Water Polo

The MIT Women's water polo club will host an invitational tournament this coming weekend.

On Friday MIT will play Harvard University at 5:00 p.m., and Amherst College at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, the Engineers play Dartmouth College at 1:00 p.m., while on Sunday they will compete against Wellesley College at 10:45 p.m.