MIT Varsity Sports Fact Sheet

 

 

Basic Information

 

With 41 varsity intercollegiate sports teamsó21 for men, 17 for women, two co-educational, and a varsity club program in menís ice hockeyóMIT has the largest number of NCAA-sponsored programs in the nation.

 

Approximately 20 percent of MIT undergraduates, supported by more than 50 full- and part-time coaches, participate in at least one varsity program,

 

MIT competes primarily against New England colleges. In addition to the NCAA, it is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Massachusetts Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW), and several sport-specific conferences.

 

The instituteís primary league affiliation is with NEWMACóthe New England Womenís and Menís Athletic Conference, where MIT competes against Babson, Clark, the Coast Guard Academy, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Springfield, Wellesley, Wheaton and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

A complex tangle of governing bodies regulates varsity sports around the country. The majority are governed by the NCAA, but there are a number that arenít NCAA-regulated, for example, sailing and squash.

 

For the recent achievements in each varsity sport, go to the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation home page (http://web.mit.edu/athletics/www/index.html). On the upper left is the ďChoose a SportĒ pull-down menu that directs you to the past-season highlights of each team and also links to the coaches, the roster and this yearís schedule. (Note: not all of the links work.)

 

 


Team Facts

 

Basketball

 

Menís Coach: †††††††††† Larry Anderson

Womenís coach:†††††† Kristi Staub

Season: †††††††††††††††††††† November-February

 

The menís team has 13 members; the womenís team has 14.

 

2002-2003 triumphs

 

Women

 

  • With a 14-11 overall record, womenís basketball had its best season ever, closing at second place in NEWMAC.
  • Melissa Hart, who coached the team from 1998 until Kristi Staub succeeded her this season, was named 2003 NEWMAC Coach of the Year. She is the first MIT basketball coach to receive this honor. (Hart, who also coached womenís soccer, earned the NEWMAC soccer coach of the year award in 2001.)
  • Crystal Russell í03 was named 2003 NEWMAC player of the year.

 

Men

 

  • With a 16-10 record, and a 9-2 home court record, the team qualified for the ECAC Championship series for the first time in its history.
  • It was ranked 11th in the nation in scoring defense and 16th in field goal percentage.
  • Captain Kyle Doherty í04 was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Team for the second year in a row.
  • Neal Brenner, Andrew Tasi and Danny Kanamori earned NEWMAC All-Academic honors.

 

Both teams competed in the annual Lopata Classic at Washington University in St. Louis.

 


Fencing

 

Menís and Womenís Coach: ††††††††† Jarek Koniusz

Season: †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† November-March

 

The menís team has XX members; the womenís team has YY. Last season they played in tournaments around New England and traveled to New York for the NCAA Regionals as well as to Colorado Springs for the NCAA National Championships.

 

2002-2003 triumphs

 

Women

 

  • The MIT womenís team took first place at the New England Championships for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Its 18-3 season record included victories over Division I schools North Carolina, Duke, Boston College, Brown and Cornell.
  • It also finished third overall at the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships, MITís best finish ever.

 

Men

 

  • The menís epťe squad had a first-place finish in the New England Championships, while the team finished in second place overall.

 

Other notable accomplishments

 

  • Jarek Koniuzs has headed MITís fencing program for 10 years. In 1982, he placed third in the saber World Championships. In 1989, he placed second. Under his coaching, the MIT womenís varsity team has won the New England Collegiate Championships for five of the last seven years. The menís varsity team won them in 1999, 2000 and 2002, finishing second in 2001.
  • As a sophomore, Caroline Purcell í02 won the national championship in the NCAA saber competition, and earned a 14th-place finish in the national rankings. The next season, she won a gold medal in the saber competition at the Junior Pan American Fencing Championships in Brazil.
  • Evan Efstathiou '00 began fencing as a freshman at MIT. Three years later, he led the MIT fencing team to victory in the New England Championships. Now a coach of MIT's fencing team, he has continued to compete and currently ranks 14th in the United States and 89th in the world in men's saber. Says Evan, "Who says you can't combine world class academics with world class athletics?"

 

 

Sailing

 

Coaches: ††††††††††††††††† Francis Charles, Michael Kalin

Season: †††††††††††††††††††† September-November, and March-May

 

There are XX men and YY women on the team. It competes against the best teams in New England and around the nation, including many Division I teams.

 

2002-2003 triumphs

 

  • MIT currently ranks 15th in North America.
  • The team qualified for the National Championships in Detroit and finished 11th overall. Led by J.M. Modisette, Gigi Gu, Dan Bercovici, Emma Bassein, and Libby Wayman, the team is aiming to compete in the National Championships again this year on the Columbia River in Oregon.
  • MIT finished among the top 10 in every regatta.

 

Other notable accomplishments

 

  • The MIT sailing team routinely has been one of the best sailing teams in the region, and has been featured on the national charts every season for the past five years.
  • In fall 1999, it was named the sixth-best sailing program in the nation.
  • Fran Charles oversees MITís entire recreational sailing program, which consists of over 2000 members and a fleet of more than 100 boats.
  • Assistant sailing master Mike Kalin was the Canada double-handed youth champion and has been an active racer at the World Team Championships. In August 2000, he was highlighted in Sports Illustratedís ďFaces in the Crowd.Ē Later that year, he finished 6th at the Canadian Olympic Trials.

 

 


Squash (menís varsity team only)

 

Coach: †††††††††††††††††††††† Jeff Hamilton

Season: †††††††††††††††††††† November-February

 

There are 10 men and 2 women on the team. It is a member of the College Squash Association, a national league of more than 40 teams. MIT competes primarily with East Coast teams, such as Dartmouth, Brown, Navy, and Tufts, but also has competed recently against Stanford and UC Berkeley. The team plays about 15 to 18 games a year.

 

2002-2003 triumphs

 

  • MIT was ranked 18th in the nation.
  • The team closed the season winning three out of four against strong rivals. Its 7-9 season record is impressive, since the team usually plays East Coast teams, which are in the top tier of the national competition.

 

Other notable accomplishments

 

  • In nearly every year of Jeff Hamiltonís 16-year team leadership, MIT has been ranked in the top 20 nationally. During this time, three MIT students have won All-America honors, which recognize students for their athletic and academic accomplishments.
  • Because they donít have a team of their own, MIT women who want to play varsity squash must play on the menís team. To date, four women have gone this route, and two of them currently are on the team. In 1999, the squash team voted its only female team member, Amalia Londono í99, team MVP.

 

 


Swimming

 

Coach: †††††††††††††††††††††† Dawn Gerken

Season: †††††††††††††††††††† November-February

 

The menís and womenís teams each have 30 members. They compete against NEWMAC schools, so stay primarily in New England except when they travel to national competitions.

 

2002-2003 triumphs

 

  • The menís team finished last season with a 9-1 record, its best mark ever en route to the clubís second consecutive NEWMAC title.
  • The womenís team assembled its best record (8-3) ever.
  • Five swimmers were invited to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships, and 13 swimmers qualified for the national championships, with five earning All-America honors.
  • The squads also established five new MIT records.
  • Nicholas Sidelnick, who was the 400 individual medley champion at the NEWMAC Championships, made national news after swimming the English Channel in August. (In the individual medley, a swimmer follows an order of all strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. There are three different classificationsóthe 100, 200 and 400.)

 

Other notable accomplishments

 

  • Yvonne Grierson í90 is the only person ever to be twice named the New England Division III Woman Athlete of the Year. She also won the 1990 Honda Award as the finest womenís Division III athlete in the nation, an honor bestowed annually by the American Honda Motor Company for superior athletic skills, leadership abilities, academic excellence and dedication to community service.
  • Two members of the Class of 2007 on this yearís team achieved NCAA consideration times in high school. [still awaiting an explanation]

 

 


Tennis

 

Menís Coach: †††††††††††††††††††††† Jeff Hamilton

Womenís Coach: †††††††††††††††† Carol Matsuzaki

Sports Season: ††††††††††††††††††† September-October; March-May

 

Twelve students compete on the menís team; 13 on the womenís team.

 

The menís team competes primarily with New England teams, but its geographical reach expands when it competes in national championships, and when it travels for spring training. For two of the last three years, it has qualified for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Minnesota Court Classic, the national team indoor championships played in Minneapolis.

 

The womenís team competes again Wellesley, Clark WPI, Wheaton, Babson, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Springfield, Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, Vassar, Trinity, Brandeis and Tufts.

2002-2003 triumphs

 

  • MIT won its fifth straight NEWMAC championship, while carrying two of the top five ranked singles players in the nation.
  • Vitaly Pereverzev í04 competed for the national title before being eliminated in the semifinals.
  • Evan Tindell í06 was named National Rookie of the Year after a freshman campaign that included a New England Division III championship and a No.1 ranking in the Northeast Region.
  • The womenís team earned the best win-loss record in the history of the program (11-1), topping the 10-1 record turned in by the 1984 squad.
  • Caroline Tien í04 won the No. 2 flight at the New England Championships. She also qualified for the semifinals of the Northeast Region ITA Championships.

 

Other notable accomplishments

 

  • Menís tennis has appeared in four straight NCAA Championships, and in eight of the last 12.
  • During that time, MIT has produced 12 All-Americas, a national championship doubles team, a New England Division III Championship, and numerous top 10 national rankings.
  • In 2002, Jeff Hamilton was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season. In 2000, he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year.
  • This season, Evan Tindell í06 won the ITAís national singles championship. He is ranked as the top singles player in the nation.
  • The Lady Engineers have won four straight NEWMAC Championships, led by three-time conference Coach of the Year, Carol Matsuzak
  • Throughout the programís history, many players have qualified individually for the national championships with an 11th-place position in the 1993 national rankings serving as the teamís marquee feat.

 

 


Menís Track and Field and Cross Country

 

Coach: †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Halston Taylor (who also is housemaster of Burton-Connor)

Indoor track season: ††††††††††† December-February;

Outdoor track season: †††††††† March-May

Cross country season:††††††††† August-November

 

20 men are on the cross-country team, 45 on the track team. They compete against the best New England Division III schools. The cross country team travels to the NCAA championship site when it qualifies, and the track team goes west annually for spring training.

 

2002-2003 triumphs

 

  • The team had an undefeated record, winning the NEWMAC and New England Division III Championships.
  • Coach Halston Taylor was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time. He has produced a combined coaching record of 215-21, solidifying MITís position as one of the dominant programs in the region.
  • Last season, MIT earned five All-America citations, set four school records and finished among the nationís top 20 teams for both the indoor and outdoor season.

 

Other notable accomplishments

 

  • Under Taylorís guidance MIT students have won 114 All-America honors, and 10 have been named national champions.

 

 


Womenís Track and Field and Cross Country

 

Coach: †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Slovenski

Indoor track season: ††††††††††† November-February

Outdoor track season: †††††††† February-May

Cross country season: †††††††† August-November

 

Thirty-five students compete on each team. Both compete in NEWMAC and in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The students pay for an annual fall training trip to Maine.

 

2002-2003 triumphs

 

  • The track team had the best record (19-3) in the indoor programís history and established seven new MIT records. According to Slovenski, the team continues to rewrite the MIT record books,
  • Julia Espel í05 finished seventh overall at the NCAA Championships and was the first sophomore in program history to be named All-American.

 

Other notable accomplishments

 

  • Since Paul Slovenski began coaching womenís track five years ago, the team has consistently finished among the NEWMAC top 10.
  • Slovenskiís 85-33 record makes him the programís all-time winningest coach.
  • In 2001, he was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in track. He was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in cross-country in 2001 and 2002.
  • In 2001, the womenís cross country team won the NEWMAC Championship. It used to place annually among the teams ranked 5-7. Now it places consistently among the top 3 in both NEWMAC and NESCAC.
  • Track also now places consistently among the NEWMAC top three.

 

 


Some amazing facts

 

MIT ranks first in producing Academic All Americas among Division III schools, and is third throughout all divisions. The Academic All America Award recognizes students for their athletic and academic accomplishments.

Based on annual reports collected by the National Collegiate Scouting Association, which included data on competition and student-athlete graduation rates, in 2003 MIT ranked 16th in the country in all NCAA divisions. In NCAA Division IIIĺthe group of more than 300 teams with whom MIT competesĺthe Engineers are ranked fifth overall.

 

In 2002-2003, MIT earned one New England Womenís and Menís Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year Award (in basketball), five Rookie of the Year Awards, and seven Coach of the Year Awards. Thirty-nine students qualified to compete as individuals in national championships.

MIT teams in fencing, track, sailing, and men's and womenís tennis regularly qualify for national-level competitions.

All coaches are full-time faculty members who teach physical education classes as well as coach varsity teams.


Other amazing students

 

In 2001, Jennifer Harris Trosper í90, captain of the 1989 MIT volleyball team, was inducted into the Verizon Academic All America Hall of Fame. Now a project systems engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Trosper earned four varsity letters in volleyball and one in softball during her MIT career.

Audrey Wang í03 is the only woman in the country to earn All-American status at the NCAA pistol championships.