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The Tech’s Winter Sports Preview: Season Outlooks

Coed Alpine Skiing

Head coach: Todd Du Mond (second season)

Last season: Individual qualifcation for Men’s regional competition

Team captains: Carrie A. Brown ’04, Jason W. Christopher ’05

Outlook: I’m very optimistic for this season; we have increased our women’s team from one athlete to six, and have a full men’s team of 10 racers. Our team is very young, with only one senior, but has great potential. I expect that we will have individual men and women qualify for regional competition, and hope that we can qualify as a team in the ’03-’04 season.

Women’s Indoor Track

Head coach: Paul Slovenski (fifth season)

Last season: 6-2 W/L record, tenth place finish for the school at the NCAA Div. III Championships (best ever), two athletes earned All-America honors: Vanessa Li (fourth in pole vault), Princess Imoukhuede (runner-up in the country for the 20-pound weight throw).

Team captains: Akua Asa-Awuku ’03, provisional 20-pound weight throw national qualifier; Martha W. Buckley ’04, distance ace and multiple school record holder; Cat A. Tweedie ’04, provisional national qualifier in the pole vault

Key returnees: the three captains

Top newcomers: Yelena Gorlina ’06, sprints, hurdles, and jumps; Betsy R. Eames ’06, middle and long distance; Liz R. Walker ’06, sprints and hurdles

Outlook: This year we have the strongest middle/long distance corps ever, as some top cross-country runners are continuing to race on the oval, as welle as most promising throwing group ever with their strength and athleticism.

Women’s Gymnastics

Head coach: Eduardo Ovalle (ninth season), assistant Jackie Renoni (first season)

Last season: We went 4-15 (4-4 in Division III), established a new team record with a 178.625 mark, as well as breaking the bars and vault event totals; all three members of the class of ’05 qualified to nationals

Team captains: Caitlin Dwyer-McNally ’03, most inspirational leader

Key returnees: Merritt S. Tam ’05, all-around competitor, All-America on beam and all-around; Ashley R. Rothenberg ’05, all-around; Whitney E. Watson ’05, beam and vault

Top newcomers: Jennifer E. Sauchuk ’06, all-around; Francesca E. DeMeo ’06, all-around; Chandler E. Hatton ’06, all-around.

Outlook: 2002-2003 promises to be another record-breaking year for MIT gymnastics; the class of 2006 looks to be even better than the class of 2005, who set the pace all of last year. The team will be led by the experience of five wonderful seniors and a junior who is hoping to stay healthy, but our strength is in our youth. MIT should stack up very well against the rest of the conference and be in the running for a top-four finish and a team trip to nationals.

Men’s Basketball

Head coach: Larry Anderson (eighth season), assistants Oliver Eslinger (first season), Rob Robledo (first season), Indran Ratnathicam (fourth season)

Last season: 15-10 overall, 5-8 NEWMAC

Team captains: Kyle T. Doherty ’04, NEWMAC First Team; Neal E. Brenner ’03, NEWMAC All-Academic; Danny F. Kanamori ’05, fourth in the nation in assists; Adam J. Gibbons ’05

Key returnees: Doherty, center; Kanamori, point guard; Gibbons, guard; Mike E. Huhs ’05, forward

Top newcomers: Mike W. D’Auria ’06, guard; Phil E. Murray ’06, forward; Gary R. Atkins ’06, center; Evans T. Boney ’06, forward

Outlook: The 2002-03 men’s basketball team expects to be very competitive in both conference and non-league play. After a 7-0 start last year, they finished 15-10 overall, with several games coming down to the wire. Look for Doherty (16 points, 8 rebounds), Kanamori (7 assists), and Gibbons (75 percent success on free throws) to improve their numbers this year and for a rotation of several players to play with intensity and consistency throughout the season.

Women’s Basketball

Head coach: Melissa Hart (sixth season)

Last season: 5-18, Crystal A. Russell ’03 named to All-Conference team.

Team captains: Megan C. Daugherty ’03; Russell, 2001-2002 MVP, 2001-2002 NEWMAC All-Conference, team leader in pts., assists, rebounds, steals

Key returnees: Daugherty, guard; Russell, guard/forward, Connie Yang, ’03, guard.

Top newcomers: Andrea Dooley ’06, point guard; Rayna Zacks ’05, forward/center, NEWMAC Rookie of the Year 2000-2001), Dorothy Phoenix ’06, center; Karen Kinnaman ’06, small forward.

Outlook: We have a lot of revenge matches, since we fell more than a few times last season. Our outlook is much improved since 2001-2002 season. Newcomers will all be major contributors. The team is much more experienced overall, and we have many more offensive weapons. Russell returns as four-year starter and all-conference. Zacks was one of top rebounders in country in ’00-’01, so he is a big addition. The pre-season went well, with lots of good chemistry and hard work. In schedule and league, we will be much more competitive.

Coed Fencing

Head coach: Jarek Koniusz (eighth season)

Last season: Women’s team -- 17-5, New England team champion. Individual titles -- First place: Jennifer A. Mckeehan ’02, sabre; Suki Dorfman ’05, foil; 3rd place Christine A. Yee ’03, foil; Priscilla del Castillo ’04, sabre

Men’s team record -- 17-5, New England team champion. Individual titles: 1st place: Neal Devaraj ’02, epee; 2nd place Rafael E. Bras ’02, sabre; Oliver Chadwick ’02, foil; 3rd place Curtis Wade ’02, epee.

Purcell, Mckeehan (both women’s sabre) and Devaraj competed in the all-division NCAA championship bringing home second place over all out of all division III institutions.

Purcell earned her NCAA All-America honors for the third time. She went into MIT record books by becoming the first scholar-athlete to earn Verizon academic All-America honors three consecutive years and three times in the same sport. Purcell was also the recipient of NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Record to date: Women’s team -- 6-0; Men’s team -- 4-0

Coed Rifle

Head coach: Jerry Mulloy (second season), assistant Martin Stiaszny ’00

Last season: The team’s smallbore rifle record was 12 wins and 10 losses. The team’s air rifle record was nine wins and eight losses. We ended the season in second place in air rifle at the Conference Championship and third place in smallbore rifle.

Team captains: Joseph R. Kovac ’06; Petar D. Simich ’05, who won third place in smallbore and fourth place in air rifle at the 2002 Intercollegiate Sectional.

Key returnees: Simich; Erik S. Stockham ’03, who won third place in air rifle and fourth place in smallbore at the 2002 Intercollegiate Sectional.

Top newcomers: Pedro L. Arrechea ’05, smallbore rifle and air rifle; Robert W. Grimes ’06, smallbore rifle and air rifle; Kovac, smallbore rifle and air rifle, Jian Ming Lee ’06, smallbore rifle and air rifle.

Wrestling

Head coach: Tom Layte (second season), assistant Dave Grundy (second season)

Last season: 2-15 record

Team Captains: Gregory T. Walker ’03, J. Chad Leedekerken ’03

Key returnees: Michel J. Lambert ’04, 133 lbs; Jack E. Williard ’04, 141 lbs; Christopher G. Watson ’05, 149lbs; Paul G. Miller ’05, 157 lbs; William T. Hafer ’03, 165lbs; Leedekerken, 174lbs; Walker, heavyweight

Top newcomers: Jonathan S. Slowik ’06, Pawan Deshpande ’06, Michael R. Francis ’06, Kevin T. Rice ’06

Outlook: We have the potential to be top seven in the conference. Walker is ranked nationally, seventh in the country at heavyweight.

Men’s Indoor Track

Head coach: Halston Taylor (21st season)

Last season: 6-0, New England Division III Champions, finished second in Greater Boston Championship, beating Harvard and BU. Finised sixth in the All Division New England Championship. Finished fourth nationally in the power rankings and 13th at the NCAA Championship. We had five athletes win six All-America awards at nationals.

Team captains: Craig D. Mielcarz ’03, three-time All-America winner in high jump, varsity record holder for high jump, indoor and outdoor, freshman record holder in high jump outdoor; Richard F. Rajter ’03; Sean P.r. Nolan ’03, varsity record holder indoors in 5,000-meter run, NCAA qualifier in 5,000.

Key returnees: In addition to those listed above, Brian C. Anderson ’04, middle distance; Nathan B. Ball ’05, pole vault; Thomas M. Hoover ’05, multi-event; Brian D. Hoying ’03, high jump; Christopher J. Khan ’04, throws; Matthew A. Lehman ’03, long sprints; Austin K. Neudecker ’05, jumps; Daniel F. Opila ’03, pole vault; Benjamin A. Schmeckpeper ’05, distance; Zachary J. Traina ’05, sprints; Marc R. Washington ’03, sprints; Victor L. Williamson ’04, multi-events.

Top newcomers: Josh F. Chartier ’06, pole vault; Fivos G. Constantinou ’06, middle distance, distance; David S. Gray ’06 distance; Eric A. Khatchadourian ’06 middle distance; Steve K. Maltas ’06, middle distance, distance; Uzoma A. Orji ’06, throws; Steve J. Stoddard ’06, long sprints, middle distance.

Outlook: Suffering big losses in personnel, the 2002-03 indoor track team will be hard-pressed to match last year’s accomplishments. Nevertheless, the only team in New England that should present a challenge will be Williams College. The team is looking forward to matching up against them in the home quadrangular meet at the New England Division III Championship. A top 10 national finish at the NCAA Divsion III Championship is also a team expectation.