COOP Memorable Moments in MIT History

April 13, 2021 (From April 5, 2017)
Women's Openweight Crew

In the MIT vs. Boston College Cup regatte on Sunday, the MIT openweight women's crew team defeated the Eagles for the first time since 2012 as the Engineers lead BC from start to finish.   The Varisty 8 race saw the Engineers earn a nearly nine-second victory over the Eagles, crossing in 7:13.9. 

April 13, 2021 (From April 5, 2017)
Men's Lightweight Crew

The MIT Men's Lightweight Crew team kicked off the spring season with a pair of strong performances at the San Diego Crew Classic this past weekend.  The Engineers won the Secretary of the Navy Cup for the second year in a row after capturing second place in the petite final of the American Specilaty Health Cal Cup. 

 

April 7, 2021 (From March 29, 2016)
Tori Jensen, Softball

Senior Tori Jensen broke the MIT softball hits record (103 hits) this week with a 2-for-4 performance in the Engineers’ first NEWMAC contest vs. Clark. Her performance helped the team to a two game sweep of the Cougars, outscoring Clark 14-0 and improving the Engineers’ record to 7-5 this season. Jensen snapped the old mark of 101 that was set by Jessica Oleinik from 2008-11. Thus far this season, Jensen has registered ten hits, one run, five RBI and has batted .250/.268./.250 (AVG/OBP/SLG).

April 7, 2021 (From March 29, 2017)
David Hesslink, Baseball

Senior pitcher David Hesslink became the winningest pitcher in MIT history in Game One of a Doubleheader against Coast Guard on Saturday.  in the 10-2 victory for MIT, Hesslink went eight innings, allowing nine hits, five strikeouts and no earned runs. The victory improved his record to 3-0 on the year, notching his 22nd career win for the Engineers in the process. 

March 31, 2021 (From March 26, 2013)
Anna Kokensparger, Women's Swimming and Diving

At the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships held last week, Anna Kokensparger earned All-America honors in all seven events she competed in. She was the national runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley, was sixth in the 200-yard butterfly, and 15th in the 200-yard freestyle. Kokensparger was also a member of four relay teams that placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 11th in the 400-yard medley relay and 10th in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

March 31, 2021 (From March 24, 2016)
Dougie Kogut, Men's Swimming and Diving

Sophomore Dougie Kogut captured the 200-fly national title on the third day of the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship with a time of 1:47.28. His mark earned him All-America honors, a new MIT standard and new lifetime best. Kogut became the second men’s swimmer in program history to win an Individual National Championship. Over the course of the four-day meet, Kogut also earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades in the 200-back in which he placed 9th with a time of 1:47.35. Kogut also helped MIT to a fifth place team finish with 241.50 points, the fifth time in the last six years that the Engineers have placed in the top-5 at Nationals.

March 24, 2021 (From March 15, 2016)
Cimran Virdi, Women's Track and Field

Women's Track and Field senior Cimran Virdi won her third consecutive pole vault National Championship this weekend at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship with a new MIT and facility record height of 13-feet, 6.5-inches (4.13m). It took Virdi only five jumps to win her third straight title as she sealed it on her first attempt of the 13-feet, 1.5-inches (4.00m) height after she cleared the 12-feet, 11.5-inches (3.95m) mark with ease. In 16 years since the pole vault has been contested in the Division III Women's Championship, Virdi is the first student-athlete and only second among NCAA women’s student-athletes to win three-straight titles.

 

March 24, 2021 (From March 20, 2018)
Graham Davis, Men's Lacrosse

Senior Graham Davis registered his 200th career point as he led the MIT men's lacrosse team to a 2-0 week. On Wednesday against Wentworth, Davis scored four goals which helped him reach his 200th point. Davis is only the second Engineer in program history to reach 200 points as Harris Stolzenberg '17 accomplished the feat last year. Then on Saturday against UMass-Dartmouth, Davis posted four goals and two assists and added four ground balls and a caused turnover to the winning effort as the Engineers defeated the Corsairs, 12-6, to improve to 4-1 this spring.
 

March 17, 2021 (From March 13, 2018)
Helen Sakharova, Women's Fencing

Junior Helen Sakharova captured fifth place in epee at the NCAA Fencing Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, resulting in the highest Division III performance for the weapon for the second year in a row. That was the best epee finish at the Regional Championship for the MIT Fencing program since 2003, and secured Sakharova her second straight qualification for the NCAA Championships on March 22-25. She will be the only Division III epee competitor out of the 24 person field.

March 17, 2021 (From Narch 13, 2019)
Yorai Shaoul, Men's Track & Field

Sophomore Yorai Shaoul captured the national title in the triple jump this weekend at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Shaoul took control of the event with the first jump, hitting 49 feet, 11.25 inches and clearing 15-meters in three attempts. Shaoul ended up as the National Champion by almost nine inches, becoming the ninth MIT men’s indoor track and field athlete to win an individual national championship and the first for the team since 2005-06. His performance helped the No. 6 ranked MIT men's track and field team to a seventh place team finish at the meet.

March 10, 2021 (From March 6, 2018)
Jasmin Joseph, Softball

Senior co-captain Jasmin Joseph helped the MIT softball team finish the 2018 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Leadoff Classic with a 4-2 overall record. Joseph was named to the All-Tournament team after she posted a .542 batting average along with 14 runs, 13 hits, one double, one triple, and two RBIs across MIT’s six games over the weekend.

March 10, 2021 (From March 6, 2018)
Coed Sailing

The No. 5 coed sailing team opened their spring season with a strong performance in the team racing events, claiming first at the Sharpe Trophy. The MIT team posted an 8-2 record to beat all seven teams, including No. 2 Dartmouth, No. 9 Brown, No. 15 Tufts, No. 18 Harvard, Conn College, Coast Guard, and Rhode Island. Seniors Ty Ingram and Cutter O'Connell along with junior Trevor Long and sophomore Stephen Duncan were the skippers, while juniors Sameena Shaffeeuulah and Sarah Caso as well as sophomore Marcus Abate and freshman John Ped served as the crews.

March 3, 2021 (From February 27, 2018)
Jessica Chen, Women's Swimming & Diving

Senior Jessica Chen helped the No. 7 MIT Women’s Swimming & Diving team to their eighth consecutive NEWMAC Conference Championship win this weekend, winning three individual events and swimming on three winning relays. Chen won the 200 IM (2:06.34), 100 breaststroke (1:02.53), and 200 breaststroke (2:18.75), all NCAA B cuts. Her time in the 100 breaststroke broke her school record of 1:03.17 set in December and established a new meet record. Chen also swam the breaststroke legs on the winning 200 and 400 medley relays while also leading off the winning 200 free relay. The MIT 200 medley relay set a new school, meet, and NEWMAC record with their winning time of 1:43.45.

March 3, 2021 (From February 23, 2016)
Tzer Wong, Men's Fencing

Tzer Wong captured the sabre title at the New England Championship held this past weekend. A runner-up last year as a freshman, he compiled a 9-1 record in the preliminary round. Moving onto pool play, Wong won all five of his bouts before continuing to the direct elimination bracket. He posted a 15-14 victory in the Round of 8, followed by a 15-10 win in the semifinals. Wong wrapped up the day by defeating teammate Benjamin Lin, 15-14, for championship.

February 24, 2021 (From February 20, 2018)
Jacqueline Ahrens, Women's Track & Field

First-year Jacqueline Ahrens had a stellar weekend at the New England Division III Indoor Championships, setting a new MIT rookie record and tying a meet record in the pole vault event. Recording a height of 12 feet, 11.5 inches, Ahrens improved her PR by 3.25 inches and moved to No. 4 all-time in MIT program history and second in the country for this season. Her height also tied the meet record of MIT alum Cimran Virdi from back in 2015. Ahrens win was one of five for Engineers over the weekend, helping the women’s team to a second place finish with 127 points.

 

February 24, 2021 (From February 20, 2019)
Keith Lamp, Squash

First-year Keith Lamp went 3-0 against Brown’s Blake Gilbert-Bono to help the Engineers to their first win over Brown since 1997-98 and the program’s first ever Summers Cup National Championship. Lamp and Gilbert-Bono traded the first two sets, but it was Lamp who came out on top 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 at position six to give the Engineers a 3-0 lead in the match.
 

February 16, 2021 (From February 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.

February 16, 2021 (From February 18, 2018)
Tavish Smith, Men's Volleyball

In a 2-1 week for the No. 15 MIT men's volleyball team, senior outside hitter Tavish Smith hit .490 (49 kills, 2 errors, 96 attempts), posted 20 digs, two assists, one service ace and three blocks. Smith registered a season-high 19 kills against Nazareth in the UVC opener for the Engineers before hitting .500 with 17 kills in a five set victory against St. John Fisher. His efforts have led the Engineers to an 8-1 start to the season and a mark of 1-1 in UVC play.

February 10, 2021 (From February 2, 2015)
Cori Drysdale, Women's Fencing

First-year Cori Drysdale amassed a record of 16-2 in sabre at the Eric Sollee Invitational on Sunday. Drysdale went 3-0 against Hunter, NYU, Yeshiva, and Haverford while posting 2-1 marks against Duke and Stevens. Drysdale's performance helped the sabre squad amass a ledger of 43-11 on the day.

February 10, 2021 (From February 6, 2018)
Aidan Gilson, Men's Track and Field

Junior Aidan Gilson contributed to the four individual wins that the No. 2 MIT Men’s Track & Field had at the Cupid Challenge at Tufts University on Saturday, winning the mile in 4:11.03. That time is his collegiate best and converts to a 4:07.87, which is currently ranked third in the country.

February 4, 2021 (From January 29, 2020)
Margaret Trautner, Women's Track and Field 

In the 800 meters at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at BU, senior Margaret Trautner finished second in her heat and posted the No. 2 time in the nation as she crossed in 2:13.75. Her time was converted to a flat track time of 2:15.29 as she was 20th overall out of 150 finishers.

February 4, 2021 (From January 30, 2019)
Aaron Lu, Men's Fencing

First-year Aaron Lu won 17 of his 18 sabre bouts during the MIT men's fencing team’s return to competition this weekend. Lu went 3-0 against Brown, University of Rhode Island, Tufts, Dartmouth, and Boston College, dropping just one bout against Vassar with a 2-1 record. Lu’s performance helped the Engineers power to a 5-1 overall record at Saturday's Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition at Brown University.

January 27, 2021 (From January 23, 2019)
Taylor V'Dovec, Women's Basketball

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Taylor V’Dovec averaged 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, and a .600 field-goal percentage while also becoming the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. She kicked things off by generating 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, one block, and one assist in a 68-39 win over Wellesley last Wednesday. V’Dovec followed this up with her first double-double of the season and her 1,000th point in a 76-59 win at Clark on Saturday as she tallied 16 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks.

 

January 27, 2021 (From January 23, 2018)
Jeffrey Hu, Squash

Senior Jeffrey Hu went 4-0 in match wins this weekend, taking down players from Amherst College, Colby College, Connecticut College, and Hamilton College in a busy weekend for the No. 22 MIT squash team. Two of Hu’s match wins were came after starting with a set down, and while his wins against Amherst and Connecticut College came in three straight sets. Hu’s wins helped the Engineers finish 3-1 against the four schools in the 2018 Pioneer Valley Round Robin.
 

January 13, 2021 (From January 10, 2017)
Kathy Pan, Women's Swimming and Diving

First-year Kathy Pan aided the Engineers 177-63 victory over Coast Guard this past Saturday, earning victories in the 200 IM (2:13.53) and 200 Breaststroke (2:32.22). Her winning swim in the 200 IM bested the Roland Pool Record by over a second. 

January 13, 2021 (From January 10, 2017)
Dakota Pierce, Men's Basketball

Pierce, a sophomore guard, led the way for the Engineers in a 2-0 week that included victories over Clark and WPI. Pierce filled the stat sheet in a victory against Clark with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals before scoring a career-high 23 points to lead the team in scoring in a victory over WPI. Pierce also chipped in 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the win.

December 16, 2020 (From December 10, 2013)
Maryann Gong, Women's 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.


December 16, 2020 (From December 12, 2018)
Bradley Jomard, Men's Basketball

Senior Bradley Jomard helped the No. 8 men’s basketball team to a 3-0 week with wins over UMass Dartmouth, Salem State University, and Fitchburg State. Jomard led MIT in points against UMass Dartmouth (26 points) and Fitchburg State (23 points), and also led MIT with 9 assists against Salem State. Jomard ended the week with 66 points, 15 rebounds, and 23 assists for the week.

A headshot of Kristen Palmer

December 9, 2020 (From December 4, 2019)
Kristen Palmer, Women's Fencing

First-year Kristen Palmer powered the MIT Women’s Fencing sabre squad with an 12-3 record this weekend at the Brandeis University Invitational. Facing the toughest competition so far this season, Palmer went 3-0 vs. Incarnate Word, Harvard and Yale and was 2-1 vs. St. Johns.

December 9, 2020 (From December 6, 2016)
Matthew Deyo, Men's Track and Field

At the Boston University Season Opener indoor meet, the graduate student ran the fastest time in the nation and set the MIT school record in the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:26.55, breaking the MIT school record by 3.53 seconds.  As a result, Deyo finished first in his section and eighth overall. 

A headshot of Annika Sougstad

December 3, 2020 (From November 26, 2019)
Annika Sougstad, Women's Basketball

Sophomore Annika Sougstad was key in the Engineers 93-51 win over Nichols College, recording her first double-double with a career and game-high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five steals, and three assists. This win was the 8th time in program history that the Engineers scored more than 90 points in a game.

December 3, 2020 (From November 24, 2014)
Seve Esparrago, Football

Seve Esparrago, MIT's junior wide receiver/running back, caught the game-winning TD pass in overtime to give the Engineers a 27-20 win against Husson in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Playoff. Esparrago’s diving grab at the edge of the end zone was one of seven catches in the game for 128 yards.

November 17, 2020 (From November 10, 2014)
Veronika Jedryka, Women's Swimming and Diving

In MIT's first dual meet of the year, sophomore Veronika Jedryka won two individual events, the 50 freestyle and 200 backstroke, and led off two winning relay’s in MIT’s 211-88 win over Springfield. Jedryka’s times in each of the four events and the cumulative relay times are the fastest in the NEWMAC this season. Additionally, Jedryka’s 200 backstroke time is the fourth fastest in the country and the women’s 400 medley relay is ranked second in Division III.

November 17, 2020 (From November 13, 2019)
Elijah Miller, Rifle

In the Rifle team’s win over John Jay on Saturday senior Elijah Miller was seventh overall with 1,073 points. Miller’s score of 531 in smallbore was a season-best. MIT would defeat John Jay 4,363-4,330, which is also a season-best for the team and their third straight win over John Jay this season.

November 10, 2020 (From November 7, 2017)
Anna Neuman, Field Hockey

Senior Anna Neuman scored the sole goal on Sunday during the NEWMAC Championship Game, just 4 minutes into play. With an assist by teammate Amanda Garofalo, Neuman’s goal was her third this season and clinched the NEWMAC Championship for the No. 12 Engineers, who would go on to defeat top-seeded Babson, who was ranked No. 3 in the country heading into the tournament. That was MIT’s fifth overall NEWMAC title and their first since 2012. With that win the Engineers received a first round bye in the NCAA tournament and will play next on Saturday, November 11th.

November 10, 2020 (From November 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.

November 4, 2020 (From October 31, 2017)
Coed Sailing

The coed team was dominant at the Schell Trophy as the Engineers essentially led from start to finish on their home course. MIT won both divisions and the overall team title with 179 points to qualify for the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship set for November 11-12, 2017 at SUNY Maritime. In the A Division, senior Ty Ingram and junior Sameena Shaffeeullah registered six rotation victories and 12 top-5 placements over the 18 races for 87 points to win the division. Junior Trevor Long as well as sophomores Julia Cho and Marcus Abate won the B Division with 92 points as the trio won rotation 14 and finished in the top-5 in 13 of 18 races to help the Engineers secure a first-place team finish over a number of ranked teams from across New England. That led the coed team to a first place finish at the event. That win qualified the coed team for the fall Atlantic Coast Championships in two weeks, which the coed team won last year for the first time in program history.

November 4, 2020 (From October 23, 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.

October 28, 2020 (From October 19, 2016)
Christina Liao, Women's Volleyball

In a 4-0 week for MIT, Christina Liao totaled 151 assists, 22 digs, seven aces, and five blocks while the Engineers hit .342 for the week. She posted 30 assists, six digs, and three blocks in three sets of a 25-14, 23-25, 25-10, 25-16 win at Mount Ida last Tuesday. Liao kicked off the MIT Quad Tournament on Friday by generating 41 assists, four digs, and three aces while the Engineers hit .374 in a 25-14, 25-14, 25-12 victory over SUNY Oneonta. The following morning, she posted 27 assists, six digs, and two aces in two sets of a 25-13, 25-13, 25-12 win against Mount Saint Vincent that saw MIT hit .488. Liao concluded the week with 53 assists, six digs, two blocks, and two aces in a 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 victory to help MIT capture the tournament title.

October 28, 2020 (From October 23, 2019)
Collegiate 8+, Men's Heavyweight Crew

The MIT men's heavyweight Collegiate 8+ captured first place at the Head of the Charles on Sunday, marking its fifth straight top-10 finish and the program's first victory in the event. MIT registered a time of 14.25.901, a comfortable 3.219 seconds ahead of runner-up Marist in a field of 38 teams, and 1.7 seconds off the course record.

October 21, 2020 (From October 12, 2016)
Lauren Ullmann, Women's Soccer

MIT senior goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann led the MIT women's soccer team to a 3-1 week including shutout performances against NEWMAC foes Wheaton and Clark as well as to a 2-1 win over Wellesley. Against Clark, Ullmann registered her seventh shutout of the season and the team's sixth clean sheet in a row to tie a program record that was set back in 2014. This week, Ullmann notched 17 saves including a season-high seven against defending national champion Williams on Sunday.

October 21, 2020 (From October 14, 2015)
Kareem Itani, Men's Soccer

Junior Kareem Itani scored the game winning goal in overtime to lift MIT to a 3-2 win over Wheaton. Itani’s goal was his sixth of the season and fifth game winner of his career. Itani is now ranked second on the team in goals (6) and points (16). With the win, MIT remains undefeated in NEWMAC action at 4-0-0 and sports an overall record of 9-1-1. The win over Wheaton and 0-0 draw against Brandeis placed the Engineers as No. 21 in the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll. 

October 14, 2020 (From October 6, 2014)
Robyn Lesh, Sailing

For the second time in her career, junior Robyn Lesh qualified for the National Championships to be held at Western Washington University from November 7-9.  Lesh qualified by finishing sixth at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Women’s Singlehanded Championship this past weekend where she recorded a quartet of fifth place performances along with a sixth place finish in the second round.

October 14, 2020 (From October 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. 

October 7, 2020 (From October 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. 

October 7, 2020 (From September 28, 2016)
Eddy Garcia-Montes, Football

In a 30-13 victory over NEFC Conference foe Maine Maritime, sophomore Eddy Garcia-Montes totaled 8 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown.  His touchdown, which came from 13 yards out, gave the Engineers a lead which they would never relinquish as MIT scored 23 straight points to earn their first victory of the season.