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Perry Qualifies For U.S. National Team

By Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information

Mike Perry '99 has qualified for the United States rowing team at the Nation's Cup, a world competition for under 23 year olds. Perry will be rowing in the bow seat of the men's quadruple scull. He is the first MIT student to make the U.S. national team as an undergraduate since 1984.

For the third consecutive year and fourth in the past five, the men's gymnastics team has been named the College Gymnastics Association National Academic Team Champion. Jason Miller '00 and J.C. Olsson '01 earned All America Scholar Athlete status. To qualify for the honor an athlete must earn at least a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and maintain a minimum NCAA scoring average of 8.5 during the season. Both Olsson and Miller major in electrical engineering and computer science.

Two women's lacrosse players have been named to the 1998 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Academic Squad. Tracy Sadowski '99 and Marilyn Vogel '98 were each selected to the team. Sadowski is a chemical engineering major, while Vogel majored in economics.

Grand theft seemed to be a theme for the MIT baseball and softball teams in 1998. In the final NCAA Division III statistics for the season, the baseball team finished 12th in the nation in steals per game with 2.52. The Engineers swiped 83 bases in 32 games. In softball, Ali Pearlman '01 was the sixth ranked base stealer in Division III with 15 steals in 16 games. Pearlman finished the season with a perfect 15 steals in 15 attempts. Pitcher Amber Crabbe '01 was ranked 15th in strikeouts per game with 6.5. Crabbe racked up 94 strikeouts in 101 innings pitched.

Lacrosse goalie Justin Vedirame '00 finished the season ranked in two different goalie categories in Division III. Vedirame earned the fifth spot in goals against average allowing just 7.68 goals per contest. In save percentage, Vedirame ranked 17th allowing 96 goals while making 165 saves for a percentage of .632. Overall, MIT ranked third in scoring defense allowing a mere 7.54 goals per game.

Defensive back Duane Stevens '98 has been named a first team pre-season All-American by the Football Gazette. Stevens is one of four defensive backs from all Division III schools in the nation selected for the honor.

MIT assistant golf coach Joe Kuchta has been honored by Alpha Phi Omega by having that organization's 1998 pledge class named in his honor. Kuchta has been a long time advisor to the service fraternity. His name was selected from a group of 16 nominees.

Four MIT affiliated volleyball players won gold medals in the Massachusetts Bay State Games held recently at MIT. Charles Morton '97, Koji Asari '93, Tom Klemas G, and Parry Husbands G successfully tried out for the Metro Region Open Men's team in June and contributed to the team's gold medal performance.