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Senior Orji Continues Reign in Shot Put And Weight Throw Events Takes Third National Title at Championship

By James D. Kramer

Uzoma A. Orji ’06 continued his reign of dominance in the shot put and weight throw at the NCAA Division III Championships, winning his third national title with a first-place finish and facility record in the shot put (58.75 feet).

Orji also finished second overall in the weight throw (63’11”) en route to his 10th All-America honor. He accounted for all 18 of MIT’s team points as the Engineers finished eighth overall in the team standings.

After Nationals, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Orji the NCAA Division III Field Athlete of the Year in addition to New England Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the NCAA Championship (for the third consecutive season).

Women’s Swimming takes 20th

Doria M. Holbrook ’08 finished second overall in the three-meter diving finals at the 2006 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, leading MIT to 20th place in the final standings.

Holbrook garnered All-America honors on both boards, including a fourth-place finish on the one-meter. She accounted for MIT’s only scoring on the last day of competition and barely missed re-setting the Institute record in three-meter diving.

After a fantastic preliminaries round pushed Holbrook into first place heading into the night session, Lake Forest sophomore Kendall Swett rallied behind an NCAA Championship record of 489.00 to grab the top spot on the awards stand.

Holbrook totaled 476.30 en route to runner-up honors, while Smith sophomore and NEWMAC champion Shanti Freitas closed with a third-place total of 471.55. Seven of the eight divers competing in the three-meter finals were either freshmen or sophomores.

Men’s gymnastics takes third

With a team total of 183.900, the MIT men’s gymnastics team captured third place at the New England Championship hosted by Springfield College on Sunday.

The Engineers finished behind Division I Temple University and the host Pride. Brad J. Sutton ’07 recorded the highest individual finish for Tech with a third-place ranking in the pommel horse (8.500).

Men’s Tennis beats Bowdoin

A hard-fought doubles victory by Evan W. Tindell ’06 and Thomas H. Dohlman ’07 helped power the MIT men’s tennis team to a 5-2 win over Bowdoin College on Saturday. Tech’s top tandem came back from two break points to win the match 9-7 and clinch the doubles point for the Engineers, who improved to 3-0 after defeating the Polar Bears for the first time since 2001.