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Several MIT Athletes Earn All-America Recognition

By Roger Crossley

Two MIT Track & Field athletes have earned All-America recognition following their performances at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championships. Leif Seed ’99 placed third in the 800 Meters, and Nikos Michalakis ’01 was fifth in the javelin.

The ranks of GTE College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans at MIT have increased by two with the naming of first baseman Joel Morales ’99 and outfielder Kevin B. McKenney ’00 to the 1999 second team in baseball. Morales set a school record in single season runs batted in (42) in 1999 and will finish his four years with the highest career batting average ever (.371). McKenney set the record for single season hits at 62, and also had the highest single season batting average in Institute history by hitting .444 in 1999.

MIT women’s lacrosse player Tracy M. Sadowski ’99 has been named to the GTE CoSIDA Academic All-District Spring At-Large first team. Sadowski was second on the Engineers in terms of scoring, and was both an All-America and Academic All-America selection for her playing during the fall of 1998 with the MIT field hockey team. By being named to the All-District first team, Sadowski’s name will appear on the national Academic All-America ballot.

MIT captured the silver medal with a second place finish in the grand final of the varsity four with coxswain event at the IRA National Championships on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey. The University of Wisconsin won the event with a time of 6:24.60 compared to MIT’s 6:27.50. The MIT four of Charles R. Broderick ’99 (cox) , Daniel P. Parker ’99 (Bow) , Michael M. Perry ’99 (2), Karl K. Richter ’99 (stroke), and Christopher J. Penny ’01 (3), edged out a Washington crew (6:28.20) and Princeton (6:28.40) in the final. The medal at the IRA’s is MIT’s first since 1994.

The latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Division III rankings have been released, and MIT students are prominent in the rankings. In singles competition, Eric L.Chen ’00 is ranked third, and James Matysczak ’99 finished his career as the 15th rated singles player in the East.

Joining Chen in the doubles rankings is Benjamin P. Cooke ’00 from Washington, DC. The pair is ranked second. As a team, MIT captured the fifth spot in the East Region.

MIT’s Eli J. Weinberg ’02 was the only first year student to be named to the 1999 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III All-New England Men’s Lacrosse Team, being selected as an honorable mention at midfield.