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Ellefson Qualifies To Compete At Div. II Gymnastic Nationals

By Roger Crosley

MIT gymnast Sonja Ellefson ’01 has qualified for the USA Gymnastics Division II National Championships. The Edina, Minn. native is the only Division III female gymnast in the country to qualify for the event which will be held in New Haven, Conn., April 15-17. Ellefson qualified in the all-around.


MIT lacrosse players have fared very well lately. For the week ending April 4, attackman Gene Pyo, a senior from McLean, Va., was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week following a week in which he scored 12 goals and added seven assists. Additionally, Matt Van Horne ’02 and Eli Weinberg were honored. Van Horne was the NEWMAC Rookie of the Week. The attackman from Liverpool, N.Y., also netted a dozen goals and dished out five assists. Weinberg, a native of Needham, Mass., was honored as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week. A midfielder, Weinberg registered 15 points and collected 33 groundballs in three games. For the week ending April 11, women's player Maddy Burke was the NEWMAC Player of the week. In a 2-1 week for the Engineers, Burke tallied 15 goals and assisted on five others. Burke is a senior attack person from Acton, Mass.


In NEWMAC baseball, MIT’s Zach Jenkins ’01 of Pensacola, Fla., has been named the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 4. Jenkins hurled two complete game conference victories with a 5-1 win against Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a 4-2 victory over league leading Wheaton College.

Water Polo

The MIT water polo team has recently been honored by the American Water Polo Coaches Association as the team with the third highest academic grade point average in the nation. The Engineer's 3.38/4.0 GPA trailed only St. Francis College (3.51) and Harvard University (3.43). Nine different individuals from MIT were named to the team. In the Outstanding (3.71-4.0/4.0) category were Stefan Bewley ’01, from Atacasdero, Calif.; and juniors Jorg Schlovin from Wolfsburg, Germany, and Larry Aller of Santa Barbara, Calif. On the Superior (3.41-3.70) squad were Wesley Chao ’00 from Beijing, China, Andover, Mass. native Nicholas Vantzelfde ’01, Milos Komarcevic ’99 from Belograd, Yugoslavia, and Adrian Gomez ’99 from San Diego, Calif. The Excellent (3.2-3.4) category included Benjamin Chun ’00 from Vacaville, Calif., and Aditya Prabhaker of Cerritos, Calif.


The MIT men’s tennis doubles team of Eric Chen ’00 of Topeka, Kan., and Ben Cooke ’00 of Washington, D.C., are currently the third ranked doubles team in the East in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III rankings. Chen and Cook will have the opportunity to improve their ranking. They play the second ranked team from Swarthmore College this coming weekend, and will play the first ranked team from Williams College on May 1.


MIT’s sailing teams continue to perform well in the national rankings. The co-ed team has climbed to 14th place in the country, while the women’s team holds on to the seventh spot in those rankings.

Other awards

Walter Alessi, MIT’s men’s lacrosse and men’s soccer coach has recently been elected to the Hall of Fame of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. Alessi, who was an All-America defenseman at the University of Massachusetts, has coached the Engineers for the past 25 seasons, and has been active on an administrative level on a regional basis throughout his MIT tenure. In 1998 Alessi was the Pilgrim League Coach of the Year. A native of Newton, Mass., Alessi currently resides in Millis, Mass.. The induction ceremony will be held at the Newton Marriott on June 11.