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Spring Sports Preview

Baseball

Head coach:Mac Singleton

Assistant Coaches: Dwight Smith, Tom Lenehan

Returnees: Paul Collins, '98, Baldemar Mejia '98, and Will Nielsen '98 will captain a veteran- rich club. Collins will continue as the workhorse behind the plate, having caught all but one of the games in 1997. Mejia, who was an All-league selection last year, will start in his fourth consecutive year at right field while Nielsen, who was an All-league selection the last two years, hopes for another strong season.

Pitcher Thomas Epps '97 and second baseman Nikhil Batra '98 round out the returning seniors. Epps had the lowest ERA in the league for much of last season. He has also shown great promise as a batter, hitting three home-runs in twelve games in the fall. Batra brings impeccable defense to the team and compliments it with a solid bat.

Jason Szuminski '00, David Piho '00, Joel Morales, '99, and Peter Gustafson '99, are other notable returnees. Szuminski, a right-handed fireballer from Texas, contributed significantly by leading the team in strikeouts. Piho started at shortstop as a freshman and led the team in home-runs last season. Morales won the conference batting title and team MVP award as a freshman at first base. Gustafson is a third year player at third base and one of the most steady bats in the lineup.

New Prospects: No pitchers graduated last year, but three freshmen pitchers were added: Joseph Panganiban '01, Zachary Jenkins '01, and Jeffrey Billing '01. Besides pitching, all three also play positions in the field.

Outlook: MIT looks to have a solid year. Two years ago, when MIT recorded the most regular season wins in team history - 20 - the team was led largely by this year's senior and junior classes. Since that season, many quality players have been added, making the team even stronger. In addition, MIT went 111 in the short fall season, which promises a strong spring. The key obstacles to an excellent season this year include several quality teams such as Williams, Wesleyan, and perennial local rivals Tufts, Babson, and Brandeis.

Last year's season: Last year was a disappointing year for the baseball team. Although the team finished first in the East Division of the CAC, the final record of 1615 was disheartening. However, this record was respectable given the amount of change the program underwent with the departure of Coach Fran O'Brien and the arrival of Coach Singleton.

Coach's Comments: Each new season brings with it the optimism and enthusiasm that seem to be part of the spring ritual for baseball everywhere. MIT Baseball is no exception as our players and coaches prepare for the opportunities and challenges of the upcoming season. The dedication and eagerness that the players bring to practice is a true source of strength for our program. The challenges in rebuilding our ball club each year are always there and this season is no exception.

Heavyweight Crew

Varsity Coach: Gordon Hamilton

Freshman Coach: Richard Branch

Key returnees: Robert Lentz '98, elected last June to a second year as Captain of the MIT Heavyweight Varsity Crew and one of the best oarsmen at MIT in a decade, injured his back lifting weights over the summer and will be out for the season. The team returns five letter winners from last year's varsity: Dan Parker '99, Mike Perry '99, Karl Richer '99, and Karsten Kallevig '99, who hopefully will recover from an injury in time to help the first eight, and a fine coxswain in Jen Lykens '99.

New prospects: Freshman Coach Richard Branch has what looks to be one of the better crews in recent years. Four of the squad had some rowing experience in High School: Paul Elliott '01, Chris Penny '01, Mark Jhon '01, and Jim Morash '01. Jhon and Morash rowed with the varsity in the fall and bring some good experience and leadership to an eager group of beavers.

Outlook: MIT heavyweights compete in the toughest Division I League in the country. Injuries to several key oarsmen (Lentz, Kallevig, and potential first boat oar Shane Wu '99) make this season a bit more of a question than anybody would like. However, the team had an excellent Florida IAP training trip where the heavyweight beavers handily defeated the University of Miami. The extraordinary winter training continued at the World Indoor Rowing Championships where 11 out of 13 rowers posted personal bests and Perry's fine performance nearly resulted in his making the Finals of the Collegiate Heavyweight Championships.

Last year's season: Won five and lost four and ranked 17 among the Division I crews in the country.

Coach's comments: The squad has dealt quite well with losing our Captain and the other injuries. These have hurt our depth and will affect both our First Varsity and Second Varsity Boats. I have seen some remarkable improvement in our technique, however, and we are very determined and working quite hard. I am looking forward to some excellent races.

Lightweight Men's Crew

Head Coach: Stu Schmill '86

Freshman Coach: Greg Barringer

Key returnees: Five of the eight varsity oarsmen from last year are returning, as well our outstanding coxswain, Joe Irineo '98. Stroke Garrett Shook '98 and Captain Chris Liu '98 will lead the team, along with standouts Dan Frisk '99, Kris Kendall '98, and Paul Oppold '99. These oarsmen made up the heart of the 4th place finishing (nationally, Division I) 1997 crew.

New prospects: The lightweight crew class of '01 is one of the best to enter MIT in years. Kevin Schmidt '01 and Rich Hanna '01 are leading a large group of very talented freshmen through a very successful winter training season. This should shape up to be a successful year of racing.

Outlook: Last year, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were the only three crews in the country faster than our lightweight varsity. We are hoping to crack into that group, but it won't be easy, as each of those three crews only lost one oarsman to graduation. The rest of the league will toughen up as well. Cornell has two outstanding transfer students, and Columbia, Rutgers, Penn and Dartmouth all are building on medal winning freshmen crews from two and three years ago.

Last year's season: We were the fourth fastest crew in the nation. While we didn't have much success in our dual season races, after racking up wins over Rutgers, Boston College, Holy Cross, and the U.S. Military Academy, we peaked at the Eastern Sprints Regatta, our championship race, and finished fourth.

Coach's comments: The team has been working very hard, working out twice a day all year several times a week, and we should see the benefits this spring. The guys are really dedicated, as they will need to be, as our competition is fierce. We are pushing to win a medal in the absolute toughest league in the country. I feel confident about our chances.

Women's Crew

Head Coach: Mayrene Earle

Assistant Coaches:Susan Lind-holm, Becky Berry

Key returnees: Susan Dey '98 captain, Mariah Luff '99, Heidi Chang '98, Kristin Jugenheimer '99, Megan Reese '99

New prospects: Kate Graham '00

Outlook: We hope to qualify again this year for the NCAA National Championships. Our goal is to win the NEW 8 Championship and bring the trophies back to Cambridge.

Last year's season: The novices were undefeated in the regular season and the varsity was second in the NEW 8 Regatta. Our varsity four placed sixth at the inaugural NCAA Division I Championships in the spring of 1997.

Coach's comments: We have trained very hard since the first day of classes in September and are looking forward to opening up our season at the end of March against Northeastern and Radcliffe/Harvard. The undefeated novices who are now rowing on the varsity add a lot of momentum, enthusiasm and speed, while the juniors and seniors provide great leadership. We have really beefed up our spring schedule with the addition of Boston University and Navy and are looking forward to the challenge it presents and the speed we will gain from the experiences.

Golf

Coaches: Ken Bellerose and Joe Kuchta

Key returnees: Captain Young E Kim '98, Dan Henderson '98, Todd Kamin '00

Outlook: We hope to place in the top half of the field in spring tournaments and to finish the year above .500. Our top competitors are Tufts and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Last year's season: We anticipated a season of rebuilding with occasional glimmers of hope and promise. Overall, however, we experienced a difficult season.

Coach's comments: I enjoy teaching and coaching golf. I hope all the participants of the MIT golf team get as much from golf as I, and so many others, have.

Men's Lacrosse

Head Coach:Walter Alessi

Assistant Coach:John Ireland

Key returnees: Our four year letter winners are leading scorer Tyler Moeller '98, top scoring midfielder Mike Butville '98 and captain defenseman Ken Myers '98; Chris Smith '98 was our third leading scorer; Gene Pyo '99 was our second leading scorer; Mike Rainey '00 and John Scaeffer '99 are two other key returnees at midfield, and Justin Verdirame '00, who played every minute of every game last year, returns as goalie.

New prospects: Three freshmen midfielders who we expect to be immediate impact players are Peter Jenkins '01, Pascal Rettig '01 and Guillermo Urquiza '01. Tim Nolan '01, will compete for the starting goalkeeper position.

Outlook: We return with most of our lettermen from last year, including our top five scorers. We graduated two starting defensemen and will lack experience there. However, we have some strong candidates working very hard to fill those positions.

Last year's season: 66 overall, 44 in the league.

Coach's comments: We hope to improve our overall and league record and contend for the league championship in post-season play.

Women's Lacrosse

Coach: Cheryl Silva

Key returnees: Marilyn Vogel '98, Anya Hawrylchak '98, Maddy Burke '99 Tracy Sadowski '99, Marjorie Rosenthal '98, Jessica West '98, Brook Baker '99, Kate Zimmerman '00, and Anne Lee '99.

New prospects: Freshmen Lauren Germain '01, Jill Nagle '01, Alison Woods '01, Michelle D'Andrea '01, Lani Rapp '01, Lynn Mathew '01, Shalini Agarwal '01, and Erica Lee '01.

Outlook: Burke and Sadowski return as the top point scorers on the team. The team will be looking for big things from the returning line defense of Rosenthal, Baker, and West. Goalkeeper Anne Lee '99 is returning for her third season in the net. The season home opener will be Wednesday March 18 against Plymouth State College. The team then will be heading south for their annual spring training trip to SpringFling '98, a tournament held in Panama City Beach, Florida where they will face off against three of the top Division II programs in the country: William Smith College, Trinity College and Bowdoin College. This year's squad is one of the largest in recent years with 25 players filling out the roster. A solid freshman class of recruits brings new talent, experience and optimism to the program as the team looks to improve on last year's record.

Last year's season: 39

Sailing

Coaches: Fran Charles, Kyle Welch, Tim Fallon

Key returnees: Captain Drew Mutch '98 (MVP), Dave Hellmuth '98, Ned Patterson '98 Rob Damus '99, Alan Sun '00, Sean Fabre '00

New prospects: Madhulika Jain '00, Nikki Spinello '01, Carla Pellicano '01, Alex Mevay '01, Ian McCreery '01, John Beckos '01

Outlook: The top competitors are Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts, Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College, University of Rhode Island. This season we would like to move our ranking into the top 10 and qualify for nationals in New Orleans.

Last year's season: We had our best Finish in seven years at the Schell Trophy (fall New England champions), with strong showings by freshmen for the second year in a row.

Coach's comments: The coed varsity sailing team is really fired up for the Spring. A regatta at New York Maritime College starts the season next weekend. The women and men of the team are particularly excited about the Boston Dinghy Cup on the first weekend of April. Sixteen teams including the University of Hawaii, the Naval Academy, the Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point will come to Cambridge to sail in our boats on the Charles. MIT is ready to show them how to master the wacky windshifts and we intend to give them all a lesson on how to sail a Tech dinghy fast. Other hot regattas this Spring include two weekends at Coast Guard for the Professor George Owen (MIT) Trophy and the Thompson Trophy. Our Freshmen are poised to take home the Spring New England Championships at Boston University. The New England Varsity Championships will be hosted by Brown on Narragansett Bay on the second weekend in May. The top 3 teams of that event go on to the Nationals in New Orleans.

Women's Sailing

Coaches: Fran Charles and Kyle Welch

Key returnees: Captain Jen Kelly '99, Jessica Lackey '00, Anna Michel '98, Sheri Ann Cheng '99, Sarah Webster '99

New prospects: Susanna Mierau '00, Julie Muyco '98, Rebecca Breazeale '01

Outlook: Our primary goal this season is to qualify for Nationals at Tulane University in New Orleans. Another goal is to consistently race four boats on the women's team.

Last year's season: We improved great deal and missed qualifying for the Atlantic Coast Championship by a point.

Coach's comments: We may be the underdogs, but are working harder than anyone and the results are showing in both boat handling and regatta results.

Softball

Coach: George Rollins

Key Returnees/New Prospects: With seven starters returning and several good new prospects joining the team, the softball team is looking forward to the oncoming season. Key returners are last year's All New-8 player co-captain Sherry Mowry '98 at shortstop and Anna Cherubin '99 at third base. Both have strong arms and good bats and give the infield experience, stability, and attitude. Kristie Stokke '99 returns at first base and newcomer Annie Thompson '01 shows promise at second base. Amber Crabbe '00 returns as our main pitcher and we are building on her no-hitter from last year to make her one of the league's best pitchers. Replacing last year's catcher are Jacki Baskin '00 and another newcomer Tamra Haby '01. Besides Thompson, the other newcomers are freshmen Nann Kronschnabel '00 and Joyce Lin '01, both outfielders who have good arms and speed. They join last year's outfielders co-captain Joanna Garelick '98 and speedy Ali Pearlman '00.

Last Year's Season/Outlook: Last year the team made it to the NEW-8 semi-finals and finished the season with a 612 record. They are ready to go further this year. Building on the strong points of last year, adding some key newcomers and a new coaching staff, the softball team is very optimistic about the upcoming year. Clark University, Smith College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institue are big games for the team. The most significant one, however, will be our home opening game on April 3 against the national Final Four team Wheaton College.

Men's Tennis

Team Coach: Jeff Hamilton

Captain: Jim Matysczak '99

Returnees: Eric Chen '00, Anit Chakraborty '99, Ben Cooke '00

New prospects: Ricky Rossello '01, Rich Yeh '01, Anish Parikh '01, Marcin Strojwas '00

Outlook: We hope to qualify again for the NCAA Tournament and repeat as CAC Conference Champions.

Last Year: MIT finished the year ranked 5th in the NCAA East region and 3rd in New England Division III. We are currently ranked 19 in the nation in the preseason. MIT's number one doubles team, Chen and Matysczak, are ranked 8th in U.S. Division III.

Coach's Comments: This 1998 team is very young, but the future appears bright with no seniors on this year's squad. We may be one year away from having our best tennis team in fifteen years.

Women's Varsity Tennis

Coach: Carol Matsuzaki

Captain: Nisha Singh '00

Returnees: Singh, Angela Mislowsky '99, Doana Cecan '00

New prospects: Smriti Banthia '99, Sailu Challapalli '01, Tina Chang '01, Shikha Gupta '01, Wan-Jen Hong '01, Jennifer Hsieh '01, Katy Kaminski '01, Kosanna Poon '01, Sindhu Srinivas '00, Ayako Tanaka '00, Jessica Yeh '01, Yue Zhang '01

Outlook: Our season goals are to have team unity, improve our own games, improve each others' games, and to always give it our best shot, no matter what.

Last year's season: Finished 2nd in the NEW 8 Conference in the Fall 1997 Season.

Coach's comments: I am glad that we are such a young group. Learning and personal growth will be the keys to our success.

Men's Track and Field

Interim Head Coach: Richard A. MacKenzie

Assistants: Halston W. Taylor, William E. Singhose, and David H. Palmieri

Key returnees/Outlook: Leading indoor scorer Ravi Sastry, whose 157 points in the Quad Cup schedule established a new team record, will be the team's top man in several events. Sastry should pace for the team in long jump, high jump, 110 meter hurdles, 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Ravi will also see duty on the 4x100 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay.

The distances will be a strong area for the Engineers, with Mike Parkins '99 and Chris McGuire '00 at the fore. Parkins dominated the Quad Cup season in every event from the 800 Meters through the 5000 Meter. Last Spring, Parkins qualified for the National Championships in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase, and made a run at MIT's varsity record. McGuire captured the 5000 meter title at the New England Division III meet. Chris also won that event in last spring's edition of the meet, and set an MIT freshman record of 14:50.35 in the process.

Leif Seed '99 spent the indoor season either in England or battling nagging injuries. Returned to good health, he is running well as anchor man of the 4x800 meter relay that qualified for ICAAAA Championships at Cornell. Last spring, Leif joined Parkins as a National Qualifier in the Steeplechase. Sohail Husain '98 and Rich Rosalez '98 will be counted on for good depth.

Joel Ford '98, an individual qualifier for the ICAAAA's in the 1000 meters, will lead the middle distance group. Chuck Van Buren '98, Gus Blomquist '99, Ken Walker '01, John Biesiadecki '01 and Ed Tolson '01 will give solid support. Neal Karchem '99 and Todd Rosenfield '01 will shoulder the load in the 400 meters.

Patrick Dannen '98 and Jason Dailey '99 and George Torres '99 constitute the core of the throwers' group, aiming for high scores in the shot put, discus, and hammer. Chad Souke '99 and Nick Michalakis '01 could give MIT its strongest one- two punch in the javelin in years.

New prospects: Phil Loiselle '01, Ed Keehr '01 and Liyan Guo '01

Outlook: Coming off a successful indoor campaign, which included a 121 record and a 2nd place finish in the New England Division III Championship Meet, the men's track and field Team looks solid.

Hopes are high that Sean Montgomery '01 can shake the bad knee blues, and return to action. His addition would fortify this event and lift the 4x400 meter relay team up a notch as well.

Coach's Comment: I think that we are well stocked in the field and in the longer running events, but I wish we had more depth and experience in the sprints. We have a tough schedule ahead, but I know the team will work hard and do well.

Last year's season: 80, 3rd place in New England Division III

Women's Track

Head Coach: Joe Sousa

Assistant Coaches: Karon McCollin, Steve Linder

Key returnees: Sprints and hurdles: Alyssa Thorvaldsen '00, Elaine Chen '99, Natalie Smith '00, Stephanie Hong '98, Christina Kalb '98

Middle Distance/Distance: Janis Eisenberg '98, Debbie Won '00, Robin Evans '99, Jantrue Ting '00, Tanya Zelevinski

Throws: Jennifer Elizondo '99, Crystal Harris '00, Joycelyn Gathers '00, Valerie Pires '00, Nicole Justis '00

Jumps: Mia Heavener '00

Pole vault: Lila French '99

New prospects: Christina Cosman '01, Sabrina Chang '00, Alicia Hardy '99, Melanie Harris '01, Julie Ma '99, Lauren McCann '01, Rena Nasir, Margaret Nervegna '01, Deepa Patel '01, Stephanie Soohoo '00, Chian Wang '01, Christina Wilbert '01, Janine Buseman-Williams '01

Last year's season: Last year's team was the largest in school history. It compiled a 62 record while it rewrote the school record book. The team also shone with a third place finish in the New 8 Championship.

Coach's comments: With the return of so many veterans, as well as new prospects, the team is looking forward to an exciting season.