MIT COOP Athlete of the Week


May 10, 2010
Stewart Park, Baseball

Stewart Park tallied six hits (four of which went for extra bases), six runs, six RBI, six walks, four stolen bases, a .400 batting average, a .800 slugging percentage, and a .524 on-base percentage in a 4-1 week for MIT. Against Fisher College, he went 3-for-3, posting a double and a homerun that netted four RBI in a 9-5 win. Park registered a double, three walks, three stolen bases, and crossed the plate twice versus Rhode Island College. He tacked on a double, a RBI, and a run in the Engineers' first game with St. Joseph's College (Maine) before earning two walks, one of which was intentional, in the nightcap. Park wrapped up the week with two runs scored, one hit, a RBI, a walk, and a stolen base against Suffolk University.


April 26, 2010
Portia Jones, Track and Field

Portia Jones collected four All-Conference honors as the MIT women's track and field team captured its second consecutive NEWMAC Championship and third crown in four years. She claimed first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.73. Jones came in second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.46) and the high jump (5-1.00) while being a member of the 4x100 relay (48.65) that earned a runner-up finish. She also placed third in the 100-meter dash (12.52), an event she has only been competing in since the beginning of April.


April 20, 2010
Christopher Rullan, Lacrosse

In a 2-0 week, goalie Christopher Rullan surrendered six goals, posted 17 saves, a 3.00 goals against average, and a .739 save percentage while facing 37 shots. He tallied nine saves (20 shots faced) and five groundballs in a 14-5 win over Salem State College. Rullan followed this up with eight saves (17 shots faced) and six groundballs in a 5-1 victory over Pilgrim League foe Lasell College.


April 12, 2010
Toan Tran-Phu and Alix de Monts, Sailing

Toan Tran-Phu and Alix de Monts teamed up to win a competitive "B" Division by seven points at the Longfellow Invitational as the pair helped power MIT to an overall second-place finish this past weekend. Despite facing shifty westerly/northwesterly winds, Tran-Phu and de Monts used great boatspeed and boathandling to win five races and record an additional five top-five finishes out of 13 rounds.


April 5, 2010
Matthew Skalak and Ken Van Tilburg, Tennis

After their undefeated performance in their last three matches, senior Ken Van Tilburg and freshman Matthew Skalak were recently named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Week. Van Tilburg and Skalak went 3-0 in the No. 1 doubles position, dropping only 10 games as they picked up wins over teams from Salem State College (8-0), conference foe Springfield College (8-6), and nationally-ranked No. 13 Bowdoin College (8-4). As a team, the No. 27 Engineers went 2-1, sweeping Salem State (9-0) and handily beating Springfield (8-1), while dropping a 6-3 decision to Bowdoin.


March 29, 2010
Alina Gatowski, Track and Field

Competing at Washington & Lee University's Spring Carnival, Alina Gatowski bested the field in the 10,000, finishing with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 36:11.12, over 22 seconds faster than her nearest competitor, and broke the MIT record by more than six seconds. She currently has the fourth-best time in the nation in this event. Based on her performance, Gatowski was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Track Athlete of the Week.


March 22, 2010
Anna Kokensparger, Swimming and Diving

At the NCAA Division III National Championship, Anna Kokensparger led the way for MIT, securing All-America recognition in all three of her individual events. She captured second place in the 200 individual medley behind an Institute-record time of 2:03.23. Kokensparger then finished seventh in the 100 butterfly (56.37) and the 200 butterfly (2:04.63). As a team MIT ranked 14th overall and recorded its second-best finish in program history as the 1990 squad placed 11th.


March 15, 2010
Stephen Morton, Track and Field

At the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship, Stephen Morton captured second place in the triple jump while shattering his own Institute record. His leap of 49' 3" was just one half-inch behind the national champion and resulted in Morton's fifth All-America honor, making the senior the most decorated jumper in the program's history.


March 8, 2010
Mike Demyttenaere, Volleyball

Mike Demyttenaere helped guide the MIT men’s volleyball team to a 4-1 week and a third-place finish at the MIT Invitational while also earning All-Tournament Team honors. In a five-set thriller against previously undefeated conference foe Newbury College, he posted 11 kills, a .500 hitting percentage, and six blocks. Demyttenaere notched 10 kills, a .368 hitting performance, and three blocks in a sweep of Bard College before tallying eight blocks and seven kills in a loss to nationally-ranked No. 10 Milwaukee School of Engineering. He compiled eight kills, a .615 hitting percentage, three aces, and three blocks versus College of Mount Saint Vincent which was followed by 12 kills, a .500 hitting percentage, and five blocks against No. 5 Carthage College.


March 1, 2010
Luke Cummings, Swimming and Diving

Luke Cummings played a role in six event victories, anchoring four relays and tallying two individual titles, as the MIT men’s swimming team collected its second consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. The senior finished first in the 50-yard free with a NCAA Championship provisional qualifying time of 21.01 and took the 100 free crown in a B-cut time of 45.72. Cummings also helped capture first-place finishes in the 200 free relay (1:23.94), 400 free relay (3:05.84), 200 medley relay (1:32.37), and the 400 medley relay (3:23.79).


February 22, 2010
Ben Nield, Fencing

Ben Nield captured the New England Championship in foil this past weekend while the MIT men’s fencing team finished fourth overall. He became the 15th foilist in the program’s history to claim this title and the first since 2000. Nield posted an 11-1 mark in the qualifying round before finishing the rest of the day unscathed.


February 16, 2010
Sally Simpson, Basketball

Sally Simpson averaged 13 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 36 minutes of action in a 1-1 week for MIT. She compiled 17 points, seven rebounds, and three steals in a 75-65 overtime win against Wheaton College. The victory over the Lyons, who were previously tied for second place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, was the first for the Engineers since the 2002-03 season. Simpson then posted nine points, two steals, and two rebounds in a tough 60-50 loss to Mount Holyoke College.


February 8, 2010
Stephen Morton, Track and Field

In a tri-meet against Williams College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Stephen Morton posted four individual victories as the nationally-ranked No. 19 Engineers came away with the team win. Currently ranked first in the country in the triple jump, Morton recorded a distance of 46-3.50. He followed this with a leap of 22-5.25 in the long jump. On the track, Morton edged out his competitors in the 55 meter dash (6.60) and the 200 meter dash (22.49).


February 1, 2010
Nigel Kojimoto, Rifle

Nigel Kojimoto captured a pair of gold medals as MIT defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology and U.S. Coast Guard Academy in its collegiate sectional last weekend. He shot a career-high 575 in air rifle action and then posted a 561 in smallbore, including a 92 on the final kneeling target, to secure the individual win.


January 25, 2010
Cordelia Link, Fencing

Cordelia Link compiled an 11-3 record as MIT went 4-2 in a Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) round-robin on Saturday. The senior foilist did not drop a bout against Tufts University (3-0) and Dartmouth College (2-0) while posting a 2-1 mark versus Boston College, Vassar College, and Brown University. For the season, Link’s ledger stands at 43-14 with a .754 winning percentage.


January 19, 2010
Sarah Scodel, Swimming and Diving

This past weekend freshman Sarah Scodel won seven of her eight races, including five individual victories, to help the nationally-ranked No. 6 Engineers pick up three wins over two days. On Saturday, Scodel led-off MIT's winning 200 Medley Relay (1:54.98) and won both the 100 Back (1:02.07) and 200 Back (2:14.71) over the Mules of Colby College. She also picked up second place in the 200 Fly (2:18.33). On Sunday, she was again part of the Engineers' winning 200 Medley Relay (1:53.14) and went on to win the 200 Back (2:14.41), 100 Fly (1:01.93), and 200 Fly (2:14.46) over NEWMAC rivals U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Springfield College.


January 11, 2010
Hazel Briner, Indoor Track and Field

Hazel Briner achieved an NCAA Provisional qualifying mark and eclipsed her own Institute standard while finishing tops among nine competitors in the Pentathlon on Saturday. Her tally of 3,122 points easily eclipsed the NCAA provisional standard of 3,000 points. Briner's best performance came in the high jump where she cleared a personal best of 5-1.00 feet. The junior captured first place in four of the five events to improve upon her own program-record of 3,083 points set last year.


December 14, 2009
Noel Hollingsworth, Basketball

Noel Hollingsworth was outstanding in a 3-0 week for MIT, averaging 29.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 64.8% from the field. The sophomore began the week with 23 points, 13 boards and 4 blocked shots in a 74-54 win over UMass Boston. He followed that up with 30 points, on 12-of-15 shooting, to go along with seven caroms, in an overtime win versus Salem State College, an NCAA Division III Tournament participant in 2009. Hollingsworth capped the week with his third 30-point effort in five games, scoring 34 and adding 10 rebounds to help MIT down Lesley, 88-61, and move to 11-0 on the campaign. For his efforts, he was named the NEWMAC Player of the Week.


December 7, 2009
Brendan Deveney, Swimming and Diving

Brenan Deveney recorded three individual victories and was a member of four winning relays as the host Engineers finished first at the MIT Invitational. He established new Institute records in the 200 IM (1:53.03) and the 400 IM (4:06.15) to go along with NCAA “B” cuts in seven of the eight races he swam. In his remaining individual performances, Deveney finished first in the 100 back (1:51.33) and was the runner-up in the 200 back (51.11). Deveney was a member of the 200 free (1:22.26), 400 free (3:05.52), 800 free (7:04.75), and 400 medley (4:06.15) relays which claimed top honors. In addition, he was recognized as the Swimmer of the Week by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

 Aparna Sud

November 30, 2009
Aparna Sud, Basketball

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Aparna Sud posted 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, and zero turnovers in 68 minutes of action. She registered nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Engineers’ 52-46 victory over Lasell College. Sud then recorded a game and season-high 17 points to go along with six rebounds, two steals, and one assist in a 54-46 win at Albertus Magnus College.

Mitchell Kates

November 23, 2009
Mitchell Kates, Basketball

Mitchell Kates was named MVP of the RPI Tip-Off Tournament over the weekend as MIT captured the Tournament title with a win over host RPI, 56-55, on Saturday. Kates had a team-high 22 points in the Championship game, including a key lay-up with 21 seconds remaining. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 steals, and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 55.2% from the field as the Engineers started off the season 3-0.

 Jacqui Wentz

November 16, 2009
Jacqui Wentz, Cross Country

The individual champion at the 2009 NCAA Division III New England Championship, Jacqui Wentz helped power the nationally-ranked No. 4 MIT’s women’s cross country team to a share of the team title this past weekend. She logged a time of 21:35.7 and eclipsed the previous Institute-best fifth-place finish by Debbie Won which occurred at the same event in 1998. The Engineers, who were the top-ranked squad entering the meet, captured their first regional crown.


November 9, 2009
Alisha Lussiez, Soccer

Alisha Lussiez recorded a pair of goals to propel the MIT women’s soccer team to its first NEWMAC Championship. She notched the Engineers’ lone marker in the 20th minute of their 1-0 semifinal victory over Wheaton College. Lussiez then registered her second straight game-winning goal by finding the back of the net in the 56th minute of the Cardinal and Gray’s title game against Springfield College. For her efforts, she was named the NEWMAC Player of the Week.


November 2, 2009
Barden Cleeland, Volleyball

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Barden Cleeland averaged 2.83 kills, a .519 hitting percentage, 0.83 digs, 0.67 aces, and 0.33 blocks per game. She posted nine kills, a .438 hitting performance, four digs, two blocks, and an ace in a 3-1 win at Wellesley College. Cleeland compiled eight kills, a .636 hitting percentage, and three aces in a sweep of Mount Holyoke College. Her two-set kill total versus the Lyons put her over the 1,000-kill mark, making her the ninth player in program history to reach this milestone and the second this season. For her efforts, Cleeland collected NEWMAC Player of the Week accolades.


October 26, 2009
Kimberly Barker, Field Hockey

Kimberly Barker had an outstanding week in a pair of conference wins, as MIT moved into a tie for third place in the NEWMAC. The freshman notched the game-winner 2:45 into overtime in a 1-0 win over Wheaton College last Tuesday. She then added her first career hat trick in a key, 7-1 victory over Mount Holyoke on Saturday. Barker currently leads the team with 16 goals this season. For her efforts, she was named the NEWMAC Player of the Week.


October 20, 2009
Leslie Hansen and Anastasia Vishnevetsky, Tennis

Leslie Hansen and Anastasia Vishnevetsky had a solid outing for the Engineers this past week. The duo was responsible for all three of MIT’s points in its match with NEWMAC foe Wheaton College. Hansen and Vishnevetsky collaborated for an 8-6 win in the No. 1 doubles spot before registering three-set victories in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions. Over the weekend, the pair finished as runner-ups among 42 entries at the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament. En route to the finals, No. 6 seeded Vishnevetsky and Hansen beat out teams from Colby (3-0), Tufts (2-1), Middlebury (2-1), and the tournament's No. 3 pair from Williams (2-1). In the final match, the two were defeated by the overall top-seed from Amherst, 3-0. For her efforts, Vishnevetsky was voted the NEWMAC Women’s Tennis Singles Player of the Week.

 Jacqui Wentz

October 13, 2009
Jacqui Wentz, Cross Country

Jacqui Wentz placed third overall and powered MIT to an Institute-record fourth-place finish at the NEICAAA Championship this past Saturday. Competing against New England squads coming from all three divisions, she recorded the best individual result in program history. A pair of Division I runners were the only competitors to complete the Franklin Park course faster than Wentz, who set a new program standard at the Engineers' home venue with her time of 18:06.

 DeRon Brown

October 5, 2009
DeRon Brown, Football 

DeRon Brown rushed for 267 yards, falling three yards shy of breaking the Institute record in Saturday's 26-0 win over UMass Dartmouth. He provided all of MIT's offensive scoring, posting three touchdowns on runs of 21, 66, and 76 yards.