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Orji Takes First in Shot and Weight

Two-time NCAA Champion Uzoma A. Orji ’06 remains undefeated this indoor track and field season after achieving dominating wins against Williams, RPI and Westfield State. Orji threw a facility record and national leading mark of 623.75 in the weight throw, while tossing 568.75 in the shot put. Orji’s best effort in the shot put this season yielded a distance of 589.25, pacing the national field by nearly five feet.

—James Kramer, Director of Sports Information

Women’s Swimming

Sophomore Julianna K. Edwards took three of MIT’s 10 individual-event victories as the Engineers’ women’s swim team defeated Tufts University 159.5-138.5. Teammate Doria M. Holbrook ’08 scored 327.95 on the three-meter board to win and establish a new Zesiger Pool record. Holbrook is the reigning NCAA Diver of the Meet and three-meter national champion.

—James Kramer, Director of Sports Information

Women’s Gymnastics

MIT gymnastics scored 177.50 en route to a convincing victory over West Chester University (169.075) and Rhode Island College (162.575), and a first-ever win against Division III powerhouse Cortland State (171.625). MIT took team wins on the bars, the beam, and the floor.

For the second consecutive competition, the Engineers also took the top three all-around performances. Julia C. Zimmerman ’09 led the way with a total score of 37.075, and sophomores Sophia L. Harrison and Sarah N. Trowbridge (who was named ECAC All-Around Gymnast of the Week) followed behind.

The Engineers have been dotting the national leader board in nearly every event, with Zimmerman currently ranked first nationally in the all-around and balance beam. As a team, MIT is No. 3 overall, and pacing Division III on the beam.

—James Kramer, Director of Sports Information

Men’s Basketball

Senior Michael W. D’Auria earned his second NEWMAC Player of the Week award in the last three weeks after another seven-day stretch in which he carried MIT’s men’s basketball team (12-4, 4-1) to wins.

D’Auria capped the 2-0 week for MIT with one of the best games of his collegiate career. In an 81-68 win at Emerson, he scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while also grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds. He added five assists and four steals in the non-conference victory.

Earlier in the week, D’Auria scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead the Engineers to a 62-54 win versus Clark. He was 9-of-9 at the line against the Cougars and had a pair of steals en route to consecutive double-doubles.

Last week, D’Auria also raced up the Institute all-time scoring ladder, moving ahead of Ray Nagem ’80, Zachary Inman ’01, Alexander Wilson ’67 and Adam J. Gibbons ’05. to ninth place, with 1,286 career points.

—James Kramer, Director of Sports Information

Men’s Volleyball

This past Saturday, the men’s varsity volleyball team traveled to Lasell College for a non-conference match. In a little over an hour, the Engineers dispatched the Blazers 3-0 (30-19, 30-17, 30-21).

MIT took control of the match early, keeping Lasell players on their heels with strong serving and complete domination at the net. As the match wore on, MIT kept the pressure on with an attack that let eight different Engineers to tally a combined total of 44 kills for the match.

The attack was led by setter Jordan X. Wan ’06 who dished out 35 assists. Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 and T. Scott Pollom ’09 led the team in kills with 15 and 11 respectively, while Ryan G. Dean ’08 anchored the defense with 8 digs. Alexander L. Borschow ’08 came off the bench to contribute strongly as well with 5 kills on 10 swings and 3 blocks. Every healthy MIT player was able to contribute to the win.

MIT is 4-2, 3-0 NECVA, Lasell becomes 1-3, 1-0. The Engineers will face rival Endicott College in Rockwell Cage on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.

Paul Dill, Men’s Volleyball Coach