Norton, Mass. (May 31) -- For the second straight season, MIT has been awarded the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's and Women's Presidents Cups, as announced today by the conference at the league's annual meetings. This marks the third time since the inaugural season in 2012-13 that MIT has swept both NEWMAC Presidents Cups and is the fourth time the men and women have individually won the award.
"So many NEWMAC competitors had exceptional seasons, including Babson winning the men's basketball national championship and advancing to the field hockey Final Four, Wheaton baseball advancing to the College World Series, Wellesley's Maura Sticco-Ivins winning the diving national titles and Coast Guard's Darius Adams capturing the national championship in the long jump," said Julie Soriero, MIT Director of Athletics. "It is obvious then, that our conference is exceptionally competitive. To receive the Presidents Cups this year is truly an honor and reflective of the outstanding effort on the part of our student-athletes and staff during every game, be it a regular-season game or conference championship."
In total, MIT has captured 10 NEWMAC Championships in 2016-17 with 83 All-Americans, 204 All-Conference performers and 14 NCAA appearances. In addition, the Engineers have earned three NCAA Elite 90 awards, 251 Academic All-Conference honors, eight Athletes of the Year, six Rookies of the Year, six Coaches of the Year and have had five teams finish in the top-10 at NCAA Championships this year.
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our outstanding student-athletes, coaches and staff for receiving this year's NEWMAC men's and women's Presidents Cups," said MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart. "To excel in a conference such as the NEWMAC is a testament to the hard work and dedication that our teams exhibit each and every day and it is an honor for MIT to receive the 2017 Presidents Cups."
On the men's side, MIT won NEWMAC Championships in basketball, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis and outdoor track and field. In addition, the swimming and diving and cross country teams each placed in the top in the 10 at the NCAA Championships.
For the women's teams, the Engineers captured NEWMAC titles in cross country, swimming and diving, tennis, outdoor track and field and volleyball. Three teams also placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championship with cross country, swimming and diving and indoor track and field.