MIT COOP Student-Athlete of the Week

May 12, 2014
Lightweight 1V8, Men's Crew

At the 76th annual, Dad Vail Regatta, the MIT men’s lightweight Varsity 8 boat took first place claiming the James J. Lynch Trophy. MIT edged out second place Delaware by three seconds and third place Purdue University by nearly nine seconds. The team of Yoonjeong Kim, Tom Altmann, Luke Koblan, David Danko, Mycal Tucker, Chris Schlaepfer, Elezhan Zhakiya, Christopher Knapp, and Johnathan Kongoletos crossed the line in 5:46.467.

May 12, 2014
Lightweight 1V8, Women's Crew

After winning bronze and silver medals over the last two seasons, the MIT women's lightweight Varsity 8 crew clinched gold at the 2014 Dad Vail Regatta. Racing next to the 2013 champion, Bucknell University, the team of Emily Chen, Priya Veerarghavan, Lauren Rotkovitz, Katie Gorick, Anne Kim, Ella Branch, Sophie Geoghan, Sarah Brennan, and Sharon Wu crossed the finish line in 6:40.547 to win by more than eight seconds.


May 5, 2014
Parker Tew, Baseball

MIT’s junior shortstop, Parker Tew played a big role in the Engineer’s sweep of Wheaton College on Sunday that gave MIT its first NEWMAC baseball title. He went a combined 5-for-11 against the Lyons, driving in six runs. Three of those RBI came on a bases clearing triple in the 10th inning of game two, capping a six-run inning that clinched the championship for the Engineers.

May 5, 2014
4x800-meter Relay, Track and Field

Entered as the fifth seed at the New England Division III Championship meet, MIT’s 4x800-meter relay team finished first edging out second place Bowdoin College by nearly a second. The team of Alexandra Shade, Cindy Huang, Christina Wicker, and Louise van den Heuvel raced to the third fastest time in Tech’s history. MIT went on to win the team title for the second year in a row.

April 28, 2014
States Lee
, Track and Field

Sophomore States Lee was named the Co-Men’s Track Athlete of the Year at the 2014 NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday. Lee won two individual events, repeating as NEWMAC Champion in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.56, and crossing the line first in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.22. Lee was a critical member of the winning 4x100 and 4 x400 relays, helping to lead the Engineers to their 14th consecutive NEWMAC team title.

April 28, 2014
Hannah Levy, Lacrosse

In two games during the NEWMAC Championship Tournament, Hannah Levy totaled nine goals, seven draw controls, and three groundballs. She produced six goals, including the tying marker with 1:31 left to play, in a 13-12 quarterfinal win over Mount Holyoke College. Levy also generated four draw controls and three groundballs in the victory. She then recorded three goals and three draw controls in a 15-5 loss to the eventual champion, Wheaton College, in the semifinals.

April 21, 2014
David Hesslink, Baseball

David Hesslink continued a strong freshman campaign for the MIT baseball team when he started and picked up the win against #24 Wheaton College to improve to 5-0 this season. He did not allow an earned run against the Lyons, throwing eight innings and scattering eight hits. He lowered his season ERA to 0.66 with his performance.

April 21, 2014
Isabella DiDio, Lacrosse

In a 2-0 week for MIT, sophomore Isabella DiDio tallied nine goals, two assists, nine draw controls, and eight groundballs. She totaled four goals, two assists, six draw controls, four groundballs, and a caused turnover in a 15-11 win at Emerson. DiDio followed this up with five goals, including the game-winner, four groundballs, and three draw controls in a 22-19 victory over Mount Holyoke. 

April 14, 2014
Harris Stolzenberg, Lacrosse

In a 2-0 week for MIT, freshman attacker Harris Stolzenberg tallied nine goals, two assists, two groundballs, and a caused turnover. In a 6-5 win over Salem State last Tuesday, he recorded three goals, including the equalizer late in the third quarter, to go along with two groundballs and a caused turnover. Stolzenberg followed this up with six goals, three of which came in the first quarter, and two assists in a 20-8 victory over Lyndon State on Saturday.

April 14, 2014
Jackie Vahey, Track & Field

Freshman Jackie Vahey threw the discus 132' 03" to break a 20-year-old MIT varsity record by eight inches. Jackie finished first in the discus, second in the shot put, and was fourth in the hammer throw in the tri meet at Bates College featuring Bates and Colby College. The eighth-ranked Engineers took the team title at the meet and face four days of competition this week including hosting the Sean Collier Invitational on Saturday April 19th.

April 7, 2014
Kenny Siebert, Volleyball

Kenny Siebert collected All-Tournament Team honors after helping the men's volleyball team capture the MIT Scramble Tournament title this past weekend. In a 3-1 victory over Hunter College, he recorded 12 kills, a .400 hitting percentage, and nine digs. He followed this up with nine kills, a .421 hitting performance, and four digs in a sweep of Southern Vermont College before racking up 13 digs, 11 kills, four blocks, and two aces in a 3-2 victory over No. 6 UC Santa Cruz.

April 7, 2014
Kira Schott, Lacrosse

In a 2-1 week for MIT, Kira Schott amassed 12 goals, two assists, 16 draw controls, five groundballs, and two caused turnovers. She kicked things off with two goals, one assist, four draw controls, and three groundballs in an 18-2 win over Framingham State University last Tuesday. Two days later, Schott recorded seven goals and three draw controls in a 13-12 overtime loss at Keene State College. On Saturday, she tallied three goals, one assist, nine draw controls, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers in a 20-13 victory over Smith College.

March 31, 2014
Heavyweight 1V8, Crew

The Heavyweight 1V8 shell opened the spring season on Saturday with a win over Bates College and Boston College on the Charles River. Tech’s shell finished the 2000m course in 6:00.9, seconds ahead of Boston College (6:05.9) and Bates (6:07.9). Members of the victorious boat were Nathan Colgan, Alexander Nelson, Aaron Baumgarten, Trevor Day, Matthew Connelly, Daniel Dalton, Matthew Miklasevich, and Ben Potash with Janelle Mansfield as the coxswain.

March 31, 2014
Hannah Vincent and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan, Sailing

Senior Hanna Vincent and sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan tallied 63points to finish atop the standings in the B Division of the Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy. The pair won the third and tenth rotations, was third in the fourth and fifth rounds, finished fourth in the first two races, and finished fifth in the sixth outing.

March 24, 2014
Joey Rafidi, Fencing

Senior Joey Rafidi finished his collegiate career with a ninth place finish in the epee portion of the NCAA Championships this past weekend at Ohio State.  Rafidi was the only Division III qualifier in the field of 24 and earned All-America honorable mention accolades for his performance. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Rafidi was presented with the NCAA Elite 89 Award honoring the individual with the highest cumulative grade-point average of those student-athletes competing at the Fencing Championships. 

March 24, 2014
Ellie Fodor, Softball

Junior pitcher Ellie Fodor pitched all seven innings on Sunday against Wisconsin Oshkosh allowing just two hits and striking out 13 batters on the way to a 2-0 win for the Engineers. Fodor struck out seven of the first nine batters of the game. In MIT’s game versus North Central on Saturday Fodor allowed only four hits and two runs in her six innings at the mound.

March 17, 2014
Paul Syta, Volleyball

In a 5-0 week for the MIT men's volleyball team, Paul Syta tallied 113 assists, 32 digs, 16 kills, nine blocks, and three aces in addition to being named the Most Outstanding Player at the Johnson & Wales Invitational. In a sweep of Marymount last Wednesday, he posted 29 assists, six kills, six digs, and two blocks. Syta kicked off the JWU Invitational with seven assists, four kills, three digs, and two blocks versus York (N.Y.) and then produced 32 assists, nine digs, and two blocks in a five-thriller over Vassar. Against Wentworth, he recorded 20 assists, four kills, and four digs before capping off the weekend with 25 assists, 10 digs, and three blocks versus the host Wildcats.

March 17, 2014
Cimran Verdi, Track & Field

In her first NCAA Championship appearance, Cimran Virdi won the pole vault when she cleared the bar at a height of 12-11.50, earning All-American status. She is the first MIT women’s indoor track and field student-athlete to ever win an event at the NCAA Championship.

March 10, 2014
Eric Bartell, Lacrosse

Eric Bartell collected 16 saves and two groundballs to help the men's lacrosse team record an 8-7 season-opening victory over Emmanuel College last Wednesday. Bartell and the Engineers return to action this week hosting Drew University on Tuesday and hosting the University of New England on Saturday.

March 10, 2014
Michelle Johnson, Track & Field

Junior triple jumper Michelle Johnson broke her own MIT record in back to back competitions last weekend. On Thursday at the Tufts Last Chance meet Johnson jumped 37-00.50 to finish first. On Friday at the ECAC Championships, Johnson finished fourth with a jump of 37-06.00 to break school record again.

March 3, 2014
Ryan Frankel, Basketball

Ryan Frankel played a key role for the MIT men’s basketball team last week as it won three games on its way to the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament title. Frankel, who played all 40 minutes of each contest in the tournament, scored in double figures in each game, averaging 14.0 points per game. He hit some key three-point shots for the Engineers, draining seven of his 14 attempts. Frankel also handed out seven assists in the championship game against Springfield.

March 3, 2014
Maryann Gong, Track & Field

Freshman Maryann Gong set the MIT varsity and freshman records in the 3000m race at the New England Championships this past weekend at Boston University. Crossing the line in a time of 9:42.48, Gong broke the varsity record by six seconds and her own freshman record by more than 10 seconds. Gong was the lone MIT student-athlete to win an individual event at this year’s New England Championships.

Feb. 24, 2014
Alex Lednev, Swimming

Sophomore swimmer Alex Lednev had a record breaking weekend at the NEWMAC Championships setting two MIT program and NEWMAC records (400 IM – 3:55.42; 100 backstroke – 48.95.) Alex was also a key leg of the meet and pool record setting 400 medley relay team (3:18.40.)  Heading into the National Championship meet, Alex is ranked in the top six in the country in three individual events.


Feb. 24, 2014
Christy Rogers, Swimming

Senior swimmer Christy Rogers won the 100 (58.64) and 200 (2:01.88) backstrokes at the 2014 NEWMAC Championships. This completed a four year championship sweep for Rogers in the 100 backstroke and she defended her 200 backstroke title for the third straight year. Roger’s 200 backstroke time also set a NEWMAC meet record and currently ranks 11th in the country heading into the NCAA Championships.

Feb. 18, 2014
Nikhil Punwaney, Squash

Nikhil Punwaney was the only Engineer to go 2-0 in matches at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals over the weekend. Against Hobart College, he won in five games at No. 2, dropping the first and third games before coming back to win the final two games and take a, 4-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-8, 11-9 victory. The following day, in MIT’s match against Johns Hopkins, he was victorious in the second spot once again, winning 11-5, 11-4, 11-4.

Feb. 18, 2014
Mari Kordell, Basketball

Trailing by a point, Mari Kordell converted a three-point play with 24.3 seconds on the clock and added another free throw with 0.7 ticks left to help the MIT women's basketball team capture a 61-58 victory over Clark University on Saturday. She led all players with 21 points and added two steals in the pivotal NEWMAC win for the Engineers

Feb. 10, 2014
Ben Bauchwitz, Swimming

Junior swimmer Ben Bauchwitz won three individual events and was part of a winning relay at the Wheaton Invite. Ben finished first in the 100 butterfly (51.72), the 100 breaststroke (58.91) and easily won the 200 breaststroke (2:08.11) by more than 11 seconds.

Feb. 10, 2014
Sarah Wright, Rifle

Sophomore Sarah Wright led the MIT rifle team to an overall win and a school record in the Engineers match at VMI. In small bore she fired a 577 to set a new career-high and take top individual honors. Wright followed that up with another career-high, this time in air rifle, where her score of 574 also took top individual honors and helped MIT post a school record score of 2,270.

Feb. 4, 2014
Louise van den Heuvel, Track and Field

Senior Louise van den Heuvel led the Engineers to a team title this past weekend with first place finishes in the mile (5:02.75) and the 1000m run (2:59.97) at the Tufts Stampede Invitational. Her finish in the 1000m was a season best time and her mile time from the John Thomas Invitational on January 25th (4:52.35) is currently the fastest time in the nation.


Jan. 28, 2014
Benjamin Lin, Fencing 

Freshman Benjamin Lin went 15-0 in the sabre event at the Northeast Fencing Conference competition this past Saturday bringing his personal record in conference play to 27-3. Lin’s performance led the sabre squad to a finish of 27-18 and helped the Engineers finish 5-0 in team competition for the day.

Jan. 21, 2014
Justin Pedley, Basketball

Justin Pedley was MIT’s leading scorer in a pair of wins last week in NEWMAC play. Against Coast Guard, Pedley hit a pair of key free throws with 19 seconds left to hold off the Bears for the win. The sophomore followed this performance with a career-high 27 points on Saturday, including two clutch free throws in the final seconds, to lead the Engineers past Springfield College and into sole possession of second place in the conference standings.


Jan. 14, 2014
Jaclyn Konopka, Track and Field

Senior Jaclyn Konopka got the Engineers off to a quick start at the Bates Invitational winning the 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.19. Konopka tallied additional wins at the meet in the High Jump (5-03.00) and the Long Jump (16-06.00), leading the Engineers to a first place team finish.

Dec. 16, 2013
Durva Bhandare, Basketball

Sophomore Durva Bhandare scored on a reverse layup with 41 seconds left in the game to clinch a 53-50 win for MIT over Framingham State. Coming off the bench, Bhandare tallied ten points and had three assists in the second half of the game.

Dec. 10, 2013
Maryann Gong, Indoor Track and Field

Freshman Maryann Gong broke the varsity and freshman records in the 3000m (9:52.74) by nearly four seconds at the Boston University Season Opener. This was Gong’s first collegiate indoor track competition since coming off a successful cross country season in which she was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and earned All-Conference accolades.

Dec. 3, 2013
Andrew Acker, Basketball

A junior on the MIT men’s basketball team, Andrew Acker had an outstanding pair of games for the Engineers last week. Against Tufts he led MIT with a career-high 23 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. On Saturday against Rhode Island College Acker recorded another double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. For the week he shot 65 percent from the floor and hit 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

Nov. 26, 2013
Matt Redfield, Basketball

Junior Matt Redfield had an outstanding week for the MIT men’s basketball team. In MIT’s first road game of the season he led the Engineers to a victory over Curry College by recording a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, setting a career-high scoring total. In three games last week he averaged 18.0 points and 10.3 rebounds and blocked eight shots.

Nov. 19, 2013
Cordelia Avery, Fencing 

In her debut collegiate Northeast Fencing Conference competition, freshman Cordelia Avery won 17 of 18 bouts leading the sabre squad to a 40-14 record for the day. Avery was 3-0 against squads from BU, Brandeis, Wellesley, UMass Amherst, and UNH with her only loss coming in a 2-1 finish against Sacred Heart.

Nov. 13, 2013
Emily Tsang
, Swimming and Diving

Freshman Emily Tsang won two individual events and was part of the winning 200 medley relay in her first collegiate dual meet against Springfield College last weekend. Her time in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.41) puts her on MIT's top-10 list while her performances in the 100 and 200 breaststroke (2:30.75) are among the top three in the NEWMAC this season.

Nov. 4, 2013
Elaine McVay & Roy Wedge, Cross Country

Junior Elaine McVay claimed her first individual NEWMAC title in the 5k (18:16.85) and was named NEWMAC Women’s Runner of the Year. McVay’s win led the women’s team to their 7th consecutive NEWMAC team title. In the men’s meet, senior Roy Wedge took home the individual NEWMAC crown in the 8k (25:07.19) and was named the NEWMAC Men’s Runner of the Year for his performance. The men’s team collected their 16th consecutive team title.


Oct. 29, 2013
Peter Williams, Football

Quarterback Peter Williams threw for 287 yards and the game winning touchdown in MIT’s 17-14 win over Western New England University last Saturday.  Completing 26 of 29 attempts on the day, Williams connected with Samuel Inman for a 53-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to secure the win for the Engineers. Williams’ performance set a school record as he completed his fifth 200-yard passing game of the season.


Oct. 22, 2013
Nicole Gagnier, Volleyball

In a 3-0 week, Nicole Gagnier averaged 10.60 assists and 1.90 digs as she was named Tournament MVP and helped MIT capture the MIT Quad Tournament title this past weekend. She registered 32 assists and five digs as the Engineers hit .408 in a sweep of Western New England University. Gagnier followed this up by posting 41 assists and seven digs while MIT had a .372 hitting performance in a 3-0 decision against Rivier University. In what proved to be the championship match versus UMass Boston, she totaled 33 assists, seven digs, and four kills in a 3-1 victory. 


Oct. 15, 2013
Julia Hsu, Tennis

A senior co-captain of the MIT women's tennis team, Julia Hsu put together an outstanding week as she went 2-0 in singles play. Against Tufts, she scored a 6-1, 6-0 win at the #6 position to propel the Engineers to their first victory over the Jumbos since the 1996-97 season. Hsu followed this up with a dominating 6-1, 6-0 decision at the #4 singles spot versus Smith, registering the 100th point of her MIT career. 


Oct. 8, 2013
Craig Cheney, Water Polo

In MIT’s first win over Brown since 2004, Craig Cheney racked up seven goals, two steals, two rebounds, and drew one ejection in helping lead the Engineers to a 15-13 decision on Saturday. Later that day, he posted one goal, one steal, one assist, and one field block in a 14-6 victory over Connecticut College. 


Oct. 1, 2013
Molly Duffy, Field Hockey

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Molly Duffy tallied three goals, two of which were game-winners, and an assist. She set up the Engineers' first goal at Endicott College in the seventh minute and later gave them a 3-1 lead midway through the second half en route to a 4-2 victory. Duffy closed the week by scoring twice in the second half of MIT's 2-0 win over WPI. 


Sept. 24, 2013
Lauren Ullmann, Soccer

In #20 MIT’s two games last week, Lauren Ullmann played 155 minutes in net, allowing only one goal and making eight saves. Against #13 Roger Williams, she recorded five saves in a 1-1 double-overtime affair. In the Engineers' 3-0 victory over WPI, Ullmann turned away three shots during her first-half appearance. 


Sept. 17, 2013
Robyn Lesh and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan, Sailing

In their first race of the season, sophomores Robyn Lesh and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan claimed first place out of 17 squads in the B Division of the Toni Deutsch Regatta. The duo was victorious in five rounds, captured second in four outings, and were third on two occasions. Lesh and Sukharev-Chuyan's performance helped MIT finish second overall in the event. 


Sept. 10, 2013
Justin Wallace, Football

Justin Wallace registered 156 yards on 32 carries and posted three touchdowns in MIT’s 28-26 win over Pomona-Pitzer last Saturday. His 13-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter gave the Engineers the lead for good in their season-opener. Wallace’s performance also resulted in him becoming the third 2,000-yard rusher in program history. 


Sept. 4, 2013
Sean Bingham, Soccer

In MIT's season-opener at the College of Staten Island, Sean Bingham tallied three goals and an assist in a 6-1 victory. He registered the first hat-trick of his career and was one goal shy of tying the Institute record for goals in a game.