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Fencing Teams Complete Season as Northeast Conference Champs

By Roger Crosley
Director of sports information

The fencing teams completed their regular season on Saturday, and both teams claimed the championship of the Northeast Fencing Conference. The women's team took the title outright, while the men's team was co-champions with Brandeis University.


The rifle team, led by sophomore Laurel Smith '00, recently captured the Intercollegiate Sectional Championship in both Varsity Rifle and Air Rifle. Smith placed second in both firearms, surpassing the score of 1,100 for the first time in her career. The team is currently awaiting word on whether it has qualified for the national championships.

Women's Swimming

The women's swim team finished second last weekend at the New England Women's 8 Championships. The 400 meter medley relay team captured MIT's only event title by taking the race in 1:55.95. Members of the relay were Erica Fuchs '99, Dierdre Dunn '99, Liz Krams '00, and Lauren Erb '01.

Men's Basketball

Men's basketball player Craig Heffernan '01 was named the Constitution Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for his play the week of January 26February 2. Heffernan led the Engineers to wins over Norwich University and Curry College. Against Curry, Heffernan tallied 17 points and 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Heffernan scored the last 15 points for MIT. In only 17 minutes against Norwich he totaled a career high 24 points and 7 rebounds.


Wrestler Ben Hellweg '98 was named the Pilgrim Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week. Hellweg, wrestling at 190 lbs. for the first time this season, tallied three first period pins in the University Athletic Association vs. New England Wrestling Conference tournament held recently at New York University.

Track and Field

Track captain Ravi Sastry '98 again led MIT to a sweep of its quad cup meet opponents by placing first in four different events and third in a fifth. Sastry captured the long jump, 55 meter hurdles, 55 meter dash and the 200 meters. To cap off his day, he took third in the high jump. Mike Parkins was also a double winner for the Engineers as he took first places in the mile run and in the 3000 meters. The victory in the quad meet raises the team's record to 12-1.

The women's track & field team competed in last weekend's Alden Invitational at Brown University, The Engineers made quite an impression in the distance events. Four women placed in the top nine places in the mile run, with Janis Eisenberg '98 winning the event. Tanya Zelevinsky '99 was fourth, Robin Evans '99 placed sixth, while Margaret Nervenga '01 finished ninth. Evans and Eisenberg placed first and second respectively in the 800 meter run, while Nervenga was third in the 5000 meters. Elaine Chen '98 placed fifth in the 200 meter dash.

Men's Gymnastics

Despite a loss to the University of Vermont Saturday, the men's gymnastics team continues to get stellar performances from a pair of team members. Jason Miller '99 earned the third highest all-around score in the history of MIT men's gymnastics with 47.5 out of a possible 60 points to win the all-around competition. Miller's 8.6/10 on the parallel bars was MIT's fourth highest score ever in that event. Sophomore teammate J.C. Olsson's scores on the pommel horse (8.15) and the high bar (8.25) placed him in the top five of each of those events.


The squash team has won four consecutive matches. Over the weekend, the team shutout both Connecticut College and Army by the score of 90. Also falling to the Engineers last week were Bates College (63) and Tufts University (81).