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Chang Named Fencer of The Year

By James Kramer

For the second year in a row, the Northeast Fencing Conference selected junior Trevor T. Chang ’06 as the Male Fencer of the Year. He became the first athlete in conference history to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons after posting the league’s best individual record of 23-1.

Chang was also tabbed for the All-Star Team for the third time while Brian J. Quattrochi ’06, Jason Chen ’07, and Spencer R. Sugimoto ’08 earned their second career selections. Matt L. Gethers ’09, Igor Kopylov ’09, and Michael N. Beregovsky ’06 earned their first All-Star selections from the NFC.

MIT had a record-high five representatives on the NFC Women’s All-Star team. Gemma L. Mendel ’06 earned the third selection of her career while Shauna Jin ’06, Nancy Hua ’07, Mika A. Tomczak ’06, and Joanna W. Tong ’08 collected their first conference accolades.

ESPN names D’Auria to team

Mike W. D’Auria ’06 added more individual hardware to his growing list of accolades after leading MIT basketball to one of its best seasons ever (21-9). The reigning New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Player of the Year was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-America Men’s Basketball team, securing the second Academic All-America honor for the Institute this year.

Landing a spot on the Third Team in the College Division, D’Auria’s selection to the Academic All-America squad is the fifth national honor in the program’s history and the first appointment since Craig Heffernan copped Third Team honors in 2001.

Orji sets new MIT track record

Uzoma A. Orji ’06 set a new MIT record with a winning effort in the weight throw and placed fifth in the shot put, as he led MIT to a 21st-place tie in the 51-team field this past weekend at the prestigious IC4A Championships.

The all-divisional competition at Boston University spanned two days and 20 events with Penn State University finishing the meet atop the leader board. Orji finished fifth in the shot put, but was only defeated by Division I competition.

Despite the setback, Orji outpaced the entire field in the 35-pound weight throw. He moved from fourth to third on his first throw in the finals, and then he took over first on his second throw before capping the victory with his third toss. His 65’ 10 1⁄2” throw topped his previous personal best and Institute record of 64’ 9 1⁄4”, set in 2005.

Rifle takes second in championship

MIT rifle capped a great season with a second-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships last weekend. The team finished the season in second place behind Virginia Military Institute in air rifle and closed in second place behind the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in smallbore.

Anton Katz ’07 completed the championship with the second-highest scores in both guns, falling only to two shooters from the U.S. Naval Academy. The Engineers finished the regular season with a record of 12-3 in smallbore and 9-3 in air rifle.