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Men’s Tennis, Track Take NEWMAC Titles

Several Athletes Are All-Conference Picks

By Roger F. Crosley

DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION

Two MIT teams returned from their respective New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships this past weekend with first place hardware. For the third consecutive year, the men’s tennis team won the both the regular season and tournament championship. MIT swept to the title with 4-0 wins over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Babson College. The Engineers did not drop a set in the Championship, and in three years have surrendered only one set to any NEWMAC foe in either the regular season or championship tournament. Coach Jeff Hamilton was named the Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year.

In All-Conference balloting, MIT continued to shine. The Engineers took five of he six singles positions led by number one player Jeffrey P. Augustyn ’03. Augustyn was named the NEWMAC Player of the Week for his three straight set wins during the week ending April 29.

MIT’s number two player, Andrew V. Kolesnikov ’03, was also a NEWMAC player of the Week during the season and occupies the number two spot on the All-Conference team. Rounding out the team are Luke D. Tomycz ’02 at number four, Michael H. Ogrydziak ’04 in the fifth singles, and number six singles player Anish S. Parikh ’01.

Men’s track upsets Springfield

The men’s track and field team outdistanced defending NEWMAC Champion Springfield College by 56 1/2 points to take the championship. Five Engineers took individual titles in the meet to and were named All-Conference.

In the running events, the Engineers’ Sean Nolan ’03 won the 5000 meters in a meet record 15:15.39. Sean J. Montgomery ’04 took the title in the 1500 meters with at time of 3:57.37, while Richard F. Rajter ’03 was the NEWMAC winner in the 110 high hurdles covering the distance in 15:18.

In the field events, Craig D. Mielcarz ’03 high jumped 6’7” for the victory, while Christopher J. Khan ’01 threw the discus 141’11” to earn his NEWMAC championship.

Women’s track takes second

The MIT women placed second in the meet. Princess Imoukhuede ’02 led MIT with two first place finishes. Imoukhuede won the discus throw with a heave of 111’3”, and took the hammer championship with a throw of 141’2”. Martha W. Buckley ’04 was the only other MIT woman to earn All-conference honors with a victory in the 3000 meters. Buckley covered the distance in 10:47.57.

Both of MIT’s head track and field coaches were named NEWMAC Coach of the year. Men’s coach Halston W. Taylor won the honor for the second time in three years, and Paul Slovenski of the women’s team won his first NEWMAC honor.

Cheng takes All-Conference

In women’s lacrosse, Debbie Cheng ’04 was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team. Cheng leg MIT in scoring with 50 goals and five assists.

Loreto is an All-Conference pick

Baseball outfielder Alvan Eric P. Loreto ’01 was selected as a NEWMAC All-Conference pick by the conference baseball coaches. Loreto led the Engineers in hitting with a .405 average, 34 hits, a slugging percentage of .571, and two triples. Loreto also tied for the team lead in RBI (15) and doubles (7). He is currently ranked 16th in the NCAA with .75 steals per game.

Lindholm takes Coach of the Year

MIT women’s crew coach Sue Lindholm was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year after leading her team to both the Varsity 8 title and the Smith Cup trophy for having the best overall showing at the NEWMAC Championship Regatta.