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Hefferman Bolsters Men's Hopes

By Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information

Men's basketball player Craig Heffernan '01 has been named the Constitution Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for his play the week of Feb. 916. Heffernan averaged 18.3 points per game and 11.7 rebounds in a 30 week for the Engineers. He had career bests of 37 points and 16 rebounds in an overtime win over Clark University and added 18 points and 11 rebounds in MIT's first victory over Tufts University since Dec. 1, 1970.

Women's fencing

Epeist Nora Szasz '98 led the MIT women's fencing team to a second place finish in last weekend's New England Championships. Szasz won the individual title in her event. MIT will host the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships this coming Saturday and Sunday in Rockwell Cage. The IFA is the largest intercollegiate fencing competition in the country with nearly 400 competitors.

Men's track and field

The men's indoor track and field squad finished a heartbreaking second in last weekend's New England Division III Championships. The Engineers came up two points shy of Williams College in the two day competition. Ravi Sastry '98 led the charge scoring with 26 points. He took the championship of the 55 meter hurdles and added two second place finishes. Other New England Division III champions from MIT were Chris McGuire '00 in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:09.7, and the 4x800 meter relay team. Members of the relay team are Len Walker '01, John Biesiadecki '01, Joel Ford '98, and Leif Seed '99.

Squash

The squash team defeated Brown University for the first time in its history last week. The 54 victory by the Engineers was an upset of the 11th ranked Bruins. In the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association Team championship held last weekend at Princeton University, the Engineers emerged with a 21 record in the championships, defeating Fordham University and Columbia University after dropping a match to Franklin and Marshall College.

Women's swimming

Dierdre Dunn '99 had a big weekend in the New England Division III women's swimming and diving championships at Wesleyan University. On Saturday, Dunn captured the title in the 50 yard butterfly with a time of 26.28. She had finished fourth in the 50 yard free with a time of 24.74 Friday evening and is a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Division III National Championships. Her winning time in the 50 fly set a new Wesleyan pool record. On Sunday, Dunn finished third in the 100 yard individual medley with a time of 1:02.49. Dunn was also a member of two relay teams which placed in the meet. In the 400 medley relay Dunn teamed with Lauren Erb '01, Erica Fuchs '99, and Jen Navarro '00 to place fourth and break the Institute record by over a second swimming a 4:08.52.

Not resting on her laurels, Dunn also swam a leg on MIT's 400 freestyle relay team which placed seventh in 3:45.99. In this event Dunn teamed again with Erb and Navarro. Christine Lieu '01 rounded out the foursome. Dunn was the ninth highest scorer in the meet, amassing a total of 85 points.

Wrestling

Andy Migliano '98, in the 275 lbs. weight class, was the top finisher for the MIT wrestling team at the New England Division III Championships held last weekend at Roger Williams College.