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Pamidimukkala, Holbrook Named MIT Athletes of the Year

Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 was named the 2008 winner of the Howard W. Johnson Award and for the third year in a row, Doria M. Holbrook ’08 was awarded 2008 MIT Woman Athlete of the Year last week at the 2008 Awards Convocation.

Holbrook earned her seventh and eighth All-American honors at this year’s NCAA Division III Championship after finishing third in the one-meter and fourth in the three-meter competition. After setting records in both events at this year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships, Holbrook was also named NEWMAC Diver of the Year for the third time in her career. Holbrook is a two-time national champion in the three-meter event, winning the title in 2005 and 2007.

The Howard W. Johnson Award is given to the top male athlete at MIT. Pamidimukkala led the men’s volleyball team to an eleventh place national ranking, finishing second in the New England Division of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association.

Pamidimukkala was also named NECVA New England Player of the Year for the second time in a row, as MIT made the quarterfinals of the NECVA Championships. In addition, he was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Men’s Volleyball All-America Second Team. After four years on the team, Pamidimukkala leaves MIT with the Institute record in kills, aces, and solo blocks.

—Shreyes Seshasai, Sports Editor