Teams: Men's Track & Field: Press Releases
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2003
SUMIYOSHI, DEVINE, PITKO EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS
MEDFORD – Three Tufts University winter athletes earned All-American recognition
this week based on their performances at the NCAA Division III Track & Field
and Swimming & Diving Championships. The top eight at both meets are All-Americans.
The swimming & diving meet recognizes finishes 9-16 as honorable mention All-Americans.
On Friday, junior swimmer Mika Sumiyoshi (Fukuoka, Japan/Branford, CT HS)
finished fourth in the 400 Individual Medley at the NCAA meet hosted by Emory
University in Atlanta on Friday. She finished in 4 minutes, 30.58 seconds to
earn All-America honors in the event. On Thursday she was ninth in the 200 IM
with a 2:07.99 time. Both of the times improved her own school records. Sumiyoshi
did not qualify for the final in the 200 Backstroke on Saturday.
Tufts Track senior tri-captains Greg Devine (Springfield, MA/Central) and
Bryan Pitko (Arlington, MA/Arlington) placed fifth and eighth, respectively,
in the 55 Meter Hurdles at the NCAA Championship Meet hosted by DePauw University
in Indiana on Saturday. Devine, who posted the top time in Friday'
s trials at
7.57 seconds, didn't miss that by much with a 7.60 in the final. Pitko, All-American
for the second straight season, finished in 7.79 seconds.
The Tufts Women's Track & Field team sent junior Jessica Trombly (Nashua,
NH/Bishop Guertin) and the 4x400 Meter Relay team to the Nationals at DePauw,
but neither qualified for the final. Trombly crossed the finish line in 57.58
seconds to finish third in the third qualifying heat. She missed the final by
0.08 of a second. The 4x4 with with sophomore Sika Henry (Upper Montclair, NJ/Mount
Saint Dominic), freshman Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA/ Sharon) and junior
Emily Bersin (Orleans, MA/ Nauset) joining Trombly recorded a time of 3:55.68 to finish
last (ninth) in the trials. That'
s still top 10 in the nation.