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Teams Pick Up Honors as Winter Sports Season Ends

By Roger Crosley
sports information director

It's championship and tournament season for college athletics, and MIT athletes have been ex-tremely busy in competitions throughout the Northeast.

Hockey enters conference finals

The Engineers advanced to the finals of the North East College Hockey Association playoffs defeating Johnson and Wales University (76 in double overtime) and Bryant College (32).

Playing its third game in three days, the team was unable to overcome a better-rested Central Connecticut State University team and dropped a 23 decision.

Men's track finishes in second

The men's indoor track team placed second at the New England Division III Championships. The Engineers fell to Williams College by 12 points but edged runner-up Wheaton College by half of a point.

The Engineers' 3200-meter relay team took the championship in the final event which moved the Engineers into second. Individual champions for MIT were John Wallberg G in the weight throw, and Mike Parkins '99 in the 3000-meters. Wallberg will compete in this weekend's NCAA Division III National Championships in Oshkosh, Wisc.

Rifle earns honors

Thomas Schady '97 has qualified for the NCAA small bore rifle championships this coming weekend in Murray, Ky.

Myong-Sin Yi '98 was also one of 149 athletes from 33 states to be named to the 1997 national teams. She earned a spot on the National Development Pistol Team, which is designed to give training and match experience to potential athletes of any age.

Gymnastics teams finish strongly

The women's gymnastics team placed a strong fourth out of seven teams in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championships. The squad was led by Lee Knight '00 who placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 36.275 out of 40.

Knight was third on the balance beam tying the Institute record of 9.3 held by senior teammate Sheila Rocchio '97. Rocchio tied for third in the vault (9.225) and was fifth in the all-around (35.475).

The men's gymnastics squad placed third of six teams in the New England Championships trailing perennial powers the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Springfield College.

The Engineers got a fifth place (high bar) and sixth place (parallel bars) finish from freshman J. C. Olsson '00 and a sixth place finish by Andy Lobban '97 on the high bar.

Women's basketball makes semis

The women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the New England Women's 8 Tournament for the first time since the 1986-87 season.

The team defeated Wheaton 8262 in the first round to set up a semifinal game with eventual champion Clark University. The Cougars, ranked seventh in the nation in Division III, easily handled the Engineers 10975.

In the game, however, guard Sarah Davis '97 became only the third woman to score 1,000 points in her Institute career. Davis scored 24 to push her career total to 1,007.

Men's basketball player honored

The men's basketball team dropped a 7768 decision to Babson College in the first round of the Constitution Athletic Conference Tournament. Babson later advanced to the finals where they dropped a two-point decision to Springfield College.

Junior forward Melvin Pullen '98 was named to the all-conference second team for his play during the season.

Swimming teams finish well

The women's basketball team finished 11th out of 35 teams at the New England Championships, and the men's team finished 13th of 28.

Wrestlers finish in ninth

MIT had fourth-place finishers in four of the 10 contested weight classes on the way to an overall ninth place finish at the New England Division III Championships.

Han Chou '97 (119 lbs.), Ivan Aguayo '00 (126 lbs.), Matt Ziskin '98 (167 lbs.), and Andy Migliano '98 (heavyweight) each took fourth in the competition.

Fencers take 10th

In the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships, the women's team finished seventh and MIT finished 10th overall.

Fifteen MIT fencers will compete in the Northeast Regional Championships to be held this coming weekend at Cornell University.