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Engineers honored with track and field awards

A pair of MIT track and field student-athletes, along with two Tech coaches, were honored on Tuesday as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year. The MIT men’s team, which recently captured its 11th New England Division III Indoor Championship, received individual accolades for senior Stephen A. Morton ’10, head coach Halston Taylor and assistant coach Katherine Bright. Portia M. Jones ’12 was named the New England Women’s Track Athlete of the Year as well

The Engineers will travel to DePauw University for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship this weekend. Both teams will look to improve upon their outstanding showings at last year’s National Championship, in which the men placed 32nd and the women tied for 16th.

— Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Women’s tennis falls to NYU in spring opener

This past Saturday, MIT women’s tennis opened their season at against NYU at home, falling 1-8.

The match started out with doubles playing first. The number one doubles team of Leslie A. Hansen ’10 and Bianca M. Dumitrascu ’13 – making her MIT debut – lost 3-8. Melissa A. Diskin ’11 and Hillary E. Jenny ’12 played a tight match at number two doubles, but lost 4-8.

The number three doubles team of Jenny C. Dohlman ’11 and Jennifer A. Rees ’11 played hard attacking the net, but they also lost 1-8. This left MIT behind 0-3 going into the singles matches.

Dohlman was first in the singles matches, fighting hard but losing 1-6, 0-6. Next came Diskin, who lost 2-6, 3-6 despite defending many hard shots.

Dumitrascu was off next. She was overpowering at times, but in the end lost 4-6, 0-6. Hansen provided the lone victory of the day, 6-3, 6-2, by chasing her opponent around with well-placed shots. Sheena Bhalla ’11 and Kerry R. Weinberg ’10 were the last two to finish; both played hard, but fell 3-6, 2-6 and 3-6, 0-6 respectively.

— Jennifer Rees, Team Representative

Sailing begins season with Sharpe Cup on Sunday

Amid bright skies and warm temperatures along the glistening Charles River, the MIT sailing team competed in the spring opening Sharpe Trophy this past weekend. The Engineers were among four teams that posted a 5-5 ledger after two round-robin circuits before settling for an 8-10 mark and sixth place overall.

Competing for the Cardinal and Gray were skippers Joshua C. Leighton ’10, Eamon M. Glackin ’12, Andrew Z. Sommer ‘13, and Philip C. Crain ’12, and crew Victoria W. Lee ’10, Elizabeth A. Hass ’10, Rachel Licht ’10, Leigh C. Casadaban ’10, and Lisa A. Schlecht ’10.

— Mike Stoller, DAPER Staff