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Several Engineers Earn Weekly Honors

By Roger Crosley

With fall sports moving into full swing, several MIT athletes have received conference recognition for accomplishments in their respective sports.

In the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, tennis player Mealani K. Nakamura ’00, MIT’s number one, was the player of the week for the week ending September 12. Nakamura, defeated her opponent from Springfield College 6-0, 6-0, and teamed with her doubles partner to defeat the Springfield number one doubles pair 8-2.

MIT also had the player of the week in NEWMAC volleyball and women’s soccer. Setter Ali C. Huang ’00 was the selection in volleyball for the week ending September 19. In two conference wins, Huang averaged 11.5 assists and had a hitting percentage of .875.

A first year student earned honors in women’s soccer. Forward Kelli A. Griffin was co-player of the week with an athlete from Wheaton College. Griffin scored two goals and added two assists in a 5-4 victory over Emmanuel College. Griffin scored the tying goal and assisted on the game winner.

In the New England Football Conference three players have been named to the Weekly Honor Rolls. In the first week, senior defensive end Nikolas O. Kozy ’00 and Maik Flanagin G were each selected. In MIT’s victory over Framingham State College, Kozy had 10 tackles including two quarterback sacks for losses of 23 yards. Flanagin ran the ball ten times for 101 yards. The following week, in a loss to Mass Maritime Academy, linebacker Brian L. Licata ’01 earned the honor roll slot. Licata had 19 tackles, including twelve solo stops.

The MIT sailing teams are off to a tremendous start. In the latest rankings by Sailing World magazine, the Engineers are ranked fourth in the nation in the co-ed varsity, and are the eighth ranked women’s team. Last weekend the co-ed varsity captured the “Hatch” Brown Trophy. MIT captured both the A and B Divisions in the regatta. In the A Division senior Sean C. Fabre ’00 and Erin K. Shea ’02 combined to defeat the field by a margin of 55 points after 18 races.

Alan A. Sun ’00 and Mandhulika Jain ’00 captured the B Division by 36 points.

MIT water polo team is currently ranked seventh in the nation in Division III by the College Water Polo Association.

In women’s volleyball, the Engineers have climbed to fourth in the New England Division III poll.

MIT field hockey coach Cheryl Silva and her program have recently been featured on an internet web page called <http://www.TopOf>.