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Chen and Cooke Place Second at Rolex Small College Tennis Meet

By Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information

The men's tennis doubles team of Eric Chen '00 and Ben Cooke '00 placed second in last week's Rolex Small College National Intercollegiate Tennis Championships. Chen and Cooke defeated a team from Swarthmore College 64, 61 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Engineers rallied from a 26, 03 deficit to win in three sets against a pair form Trinity University. Chen and Cooke met the defending Division III national champions from the University of California-Santa Cruz. MIT's duo dropped the first set 46 and fell behind 03 again in the second before rallying for a 64 win. The momentum didn't carry to the third set, however, as the first ranked Santa Cruz players were able to pull out a 63 victory.

The women's sailing team is ranked second in the nation in the most recent poll conducted by Sailing World magazine. The co-ed Varsity squad is rated 16th. MIT's co-ed varsity took first place in two regattas over the weekend by winning the Oberg Trophy emblematic of the Greater Boston Fall Championship, and the Boston University Invitational. The women's team placed second in the Stu Nelson Trophy at the US Coast Guard Academy.

Men's cross country is currently ranked 16th in the nation in the NCAA Division III polls. The Engineers defeated rival Tufts University and UMass Boston on Saturday by placing six runners in the top 10 in the meet.

Quarterback Scott Blackburn '99 had a record setting day despite MIT's 2735 loss to Nichols College on Saturday. Blackburn set Institute single game records with four touchdown passes, and 22 completions, and broke the career record for touchdown passes with 21. His 42 attempts also tied the MIT single game record, and his 249 yards passing was the third best single game total in MIT history.

The inaugural season of New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference championship play begins this week for women's soccer, field hockey, and men's and women's cross country. The eighth seeded women's soccer team will host ninth seed Mount Holyoke on Tuesday in a first round game. The field hockey team will host a quarterfinal game on Thursday. The second seeded Engineers will host seventh seed Wheaton College. Both the men's and women's cross country championships will be held on Saturday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.