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Date: Monday, March 12, 2001


MEDFORD – Seven Tufts University winter sports athletes placed among the nation's best at NCAA Championship events over the weekend (March 8-10). Five were All-Americans.

At the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track & Field Championships in Wisconsin, senior Sarah Deeb (West St. Paul, MN) earned All-American honors (top 6) with a second place finish in the 400 Meter Dash. Her time of 56.88 seconds was a personal best and was just 0.26 behind National Champion Amber James of Wheaton College.

Deeb joined junior Lauren Esposito (Gayles Ferry, CT), freshman Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH) and senior Leslie Crofton (Somerset, MA) to gain All-American status in the Distance Medley Relay with a 12:04.18 time for fifth place. Crofton also placed ninth in the 1,500 Meters with a 4:47.40 time. Senior Folake Aaron (Edison, NJ) placed eighth in the 55 Meter Hurdles, cross the finish line in 8.48 seconds. The women's team tied for 16th place overall with 10 points scored.

On the men's side, senior Dave Patterson (Shutesbury, MA) was an All-American in the 1,500 Meters. His 3:53.10 time was fifth overall. He was also 14th in the 5,000 Meters with a 15:33.34 time.

At the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in Buffalo, Tufts freshman Mika Sumiyosh (Branford, CT) won the consolation final (ninth overall) in the 400 Individual Medley with a 4:34.38 time. She was also 24th in the 200 Individual Medley (2:12.19) and 22nd in the 200 Backstroke (2:11.56) during the preliminary rounds.