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MIT Sailing Takes Second Place at Yale

By Roger Crosley


The varsity sailing team began the season with a strong showing in the Harry Anderson Regatta at Yale University. The Engineers finished second in a field of 23 which included teams from all over the East Coast, Stanford University, and a pair of squads from Great Britain.

The team can also boast of another All-America selection. Jessica R. Lackey ’00 earned honorable mention status from the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association, and was one of the top 15 female sailors in the country. Lackey is only the fourth MIT sailor to gain honorable mention status since the inception of the honor in 1969. Adding to the luster of Lackey’s accomplishment is the fact that she did not even begin sailing until she took a physical education class upon her arrival at MIT in 1996.

The MIT sailing teams each begin the season with top ten national rankings. In the polls conducted by Sailing World magazine, the MIT women’s team is ranked eighth, while the co-ed varsity squad is the ninth rated team in the country.

MIT racks up post-season honors

The end of the 1998-99 academic year brought numerous scholar-athlete awards to MIT student-athletes and teams. Three students were named to the GTE College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America College Division Spring At-Large teams. Tracy M. Sadowski ’99, a lacrosse player, was a third team selection. Sadowski previously received the award for field hockey.

For the men, Gene C. Pyo ’99, a lacrosse attackman, was a third team selection. Tennis player Eric L. Chen ’00 was also a third team selection.

Tennis players Chen and Benjamin P. Cooke ’00 have each been named All-America selections by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Chen was the 18th ranked singles player in the nation in Division III. He teamed with Cooke as the seventh-ranked doubles tandem. As a team the Engineers were ranked 16th in the final ITA poll. It is the second highest ranking ever for the program.

Final National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III statistics became available over the summer for the sports of baseball and lacrosse.

In lacrosse, MIT was ranked 25th in scoring offense. The Engineers averaged 13.33 goals per game. The team was also 26th in scoring margin, with an average of 3.17 goals. The Engineers’ 8-4 record tied the team for 27th in winning percentage in the country.

The baseball team finished eighth in stolen bases. The Engineers averaged 2.76 steals per game. Individually, Kevin B. McKenney ’00 appeared twice in the final stats. McKenney was the seventh toughest player in Division III to strike out, fanning just four times in 144 at bats.

McKenney was also tied for 29th in batting average with an Institute single-season record of .444.

Athletes recognized for academics

Sadowski also earned a nomination to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Academic Squad. She was joined on the team by her twin sister Connie M. Sadowski ’99. To qualify for the team a player must be have achieved junior or senior class standing, be a starter or important reserve, and attain a grade point average of at least 3.2 of a possible 4.0.

Two MIT gymnasts were named winners of All-America Scholar-Athlete Awards by the College Gymnastics Association. Jason C. Miller ’99 and J.C. Olsson ’00 each earned the honor which is given to athletes who earn at least a 3.5 grade point average of a possible 4.0 while attaining a minimum NCAA scoring average of 8.5/10 during the 1998-99 academic year.

MIT also placed two student-athletes on the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III Senior All-Academic team. Pyo and defenseman Jeffrey L. Steinheider ’99 were selected to the squad.

Three MIT teams have been honored for their academic performances. The men’s gymnastics team was named the national team academic champion by the College Gymnastics Association. MIT compiled a team grade point average of 3.580 of a possible 4.0. The Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams have each been honored as an All-Academic Team by the United State Track Coaches Association. The men’s team compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.31/4.0, while the women’s team earned a 3.465/4.0.

MIT Sports Information Director Roger Crosley has recently been honored by the All-American Football Foundation with that organization’s Elmore “Scoop” Hudgens Sports Information Director Award. The award is given for lifetime contributions to college football.