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Women’s Air Pistol Team Defends National Title

By Roger Crosley

The women’s air pistol team has successfully defended its national title, and team captain Tracy Ho ’99 earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year.

Three fall and winter sport athletes have been named to the GTE College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division At-Large Academic All-America team. Tracy Sadowski ’99, Debbie Won ’00 and J.C. Olsson ’00 were each named to the teams. Won, an All-America cross country runner is a first team selection. Sadowski was a third team pick on the women’s squad. She also earned All-America honors last Fall. On the men’s squad, Olsson was a second team selection. Olsson holds the MIT record in the all-around in men’s gymnastics.

Women’s tennis players Mealani Nakamura ’00 and Kelly Koskelin ’02 have been selected to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III National Championship Tournament as a doubles team. Nakamura is also an alternate in the singles competition.

The men’s track and men’s tennis teams captured New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference titles last weekend. The tennis team swept through the NEWMAC Championship Tournament without dropping an individual or doubles set in the tournament.

In men’s track the Engineers outscored Wheaton College by 36 points to take the title. Sean Montgomery ’01 won the individual title in the 1500 meters; Chris McGuire ’00 took the 10,000 meter title; Leif Seed ’99 won the 400 meter intermediate hurdles; Mike Parkins ’99 placed first in the 3,000 meter steeplechase; Nikos Michalakis ’01 was first in the javelin; and MIT runners won 4x400 meter relay title.

For the women, Won of Chapel won the 3000 meter race to capture the Conference individual championship.

Joel Morales ’99 of the baseball team has been named the New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week ending April 18. Morales, a first basemen and pitcher had a monster day in MIT’s doubleheader sweep of the Coast Guard Academy. In the first game, Morales was two for three at the plate with a home run, a double, and seven runs batted in. He also earned a save pitching in relief. In game two, Morales again went two for three with another run batted in and a stolen base. He was the starting pitcher in the second game and pitched a one hitter through six innings before settling for a 10-3 complete game victory. For the week, Morales had 11 runs batted in, and was 2-0 with one save on the mound.

Eli Weinberg ’02 from has been named the NEWMAC Rookie of the Week in men’s lacrosse. A midfielder, Weinberg tallied three goals and one assist in each of two Engineer wins to help the team improve to a record of 7-2.

Fencer Caroline Purcell ’02 recently finished third in the United States senior nationals in the sabre. Purcell qualified for the US National Team which competed at the World Championships in Paris the weekend of April 24-25.

Heavyweight varsity crew coach, Gordon Hamilton, was recently honored by having an eight oared shell named for him. The shell, donated by Pete Peterson ’58 will be used by the varsity heavyweight squad.