AUSTIN, Texas – Five MIT student-athletes were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as they were selected to the Academic All-District Team on Thursday. Seniors Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand), Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.), and Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) were repeat honorees while senior Veronica Toro (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and sophomore Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) made the list for the first time. All five will represent the Engineers on the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on next month.
An Academic All-America second team pick last year, Wright closed her season as one of the top overall shooters in the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC). She won the MAC smallbore and air rifle titles, helping her earn first-team All-MAC selections in both disciplines. Wright led MIT with a smallbore average of 572.1 out of 600 while her air rifle mark was 580.0. Majoring in biological engineering, she conducted research on computational methods to model metabolism of antibiotic resistant bacteria at MIT's Broad Institute in addition to serving as an undergraduate research fellow in Singapore working on anti-influenza antibodies.
Guo, who was voted to the Academic All-America first team last year, collected four All-America honors at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship this past March. She was a member of the 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay, and the 200 freesyle relay teams, and qualified as an individual for the first time in her career. A Rhodes finalist and Goldwater Scholar, Guo is majoring in electrical engineering and computer science as well as bioengineering. She has researched endometriosis in the Griffith Lab and conducted a SuperUROP in the Computational Physiology and Clinical Inference Group. In addition, Guo is the president of the Society of Women Engineers and serves as both a tutor and executive team member of Eta Kappa Nu.
Another member of MIT's swimming and diving team, Neubieser contributed to the second-place finish of the 400 freestyle relay at the 2016 NCAA Championship. He holds the MIT record in the 400 freestyle and broke the NEWMAC record in the same event this season. Pursuing a degree in computer science, Neubieser was a Distributed Systems Engineering and Software Engineering intern at Apple. He is also a math for computer science lab assistant at MIT.
A starter on the openweight crew's Varsity 8 team for three years, Toro helped the Engineers advance to the Grand Final of the Patriot League Championship the past two seasons. She represented Puerto Rico in the 2014 World Championships and is a two-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree. Majoring in biological engineering, Toro was a medical Intern in Dr. Garcia Rinaldi Foundation's Summer 2013 Program and conducted research on enhancing synthetic bone grafts at the Vacanti Tissue Engineering Lab of the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a reading tutor for the Cambridge Community Center.
Also representing the swimming and diving program on the list, Tomazin collected five All-America honors at this season's NCAA Championship. Highlights included contributing to the runner-up finish of the 400 freestyle relay team and the eighth-place performance by the 200 medley relay team while also claiming seventh place in the 50 freestyle. Studying computer science, Tomazin was a quality assurance and test engineering intern at Spiceworks and was an intern at the University of Texas Applied Research Laboratories.