MIT COOP Student-Athlete of the Week

February 20th, 2018
Jacqueline Ahrens, Track & Field

Freshman 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 20th, 2018
William Caruso, Rifle

Shooting at an NCAA qualifying match over the weeked at West Point senior William Caruso recorded season high scores of 546 in smallbore and 559 in air rifle to finish 10th overall with a total of 1,105. He was also the highest individual finisher for MIT with his air rifle score. Caruso helped the MIT team finish with a season high score of 4,349 against the No. 14 ranked Army team.

February 13th, 2018
Cathryn Hart, Women’s Basketball

In a 2-0 week for MIT Women’s Basketball Senior Cathryn Hart grabbed a game and career-high 10 boards in the Engineer’s 75-15 win over Mount Holyoke last Thursday. That brings Hart’s season rebound total to 21, also a career-high. 

February 13th, 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 6th, 2018
Haley Strouf, Track & Field

Senior Haley Strouf helped the No. 3 MIT Women’s Track & Field team to a strong showing at the NEICAAA Championship, finishing 12th in the long jump and as the third highest Division III finisher in the event. Strouf had a season-long leap of 18 feet, five inches which puts her seventh overall in the country.

February 6th, 2018
Aidan Gilson, Track & 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.

January 30th, 2018
Taiylor Nunn, Women’s Fencing

Sophomore Taiylor Nunn helped the MIT women’s fencing team to a 4-2 record at the final Northeast Fencing Conference competition this weekend. Nunn was 16-2 in the epee performance, helping the epee team go 41-13 over the weekend. Nunn was 3-0 against Vassar, Florida, Tufts, and Dartmouth, and was 2-1 against Brown and host Boston College.

January 30th, 2018  
Joshua Talbot, Men’s Fencing

Freshman Joshua Talbot contributed to the MIT men’s fencing team win in the final competition of the Northeast Fencing Conference this weekend. Talbot was 14-2 in the foil competition, leading the Engineer foil team and helping them to a 38-16 record. Talbot was 3-0 against Tufts, Dartmouth, and Boston College, 2-1 against Vassar and Brown, and 1-0 against Florida.

January 23rd, 2018
Marissa McPhillips, Track & Field

Sophomore Marissa McPhillips helped the No. 2 MIT women’s track & field team finish first at the Bowdoin Invitational this weekend with third place finishes in the 1,000 and mile. McPhillips finished the 1,000 in 3:03.66 and the mile in 5:01.50, with her mile time converting to 4:58.55 which currently ranks third in the country. The Engineers ended the competition with 212 points, more than 85 points ahead of their closest competitor.

 

January 23rd, 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 16th, 2018
Caroline Kenton, Swimming & Diving

Freshman Caroline Kenton helped the No. 8 ranked MIT women’s swimming and diving team open 2018 with a strong 180-102 win against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, securing two individual event wins for the Engineers. Kenton swept the backstroke events for MIT, first winning the 100 back in 1:01.23 before coming back to win the 200 back in 2:08.69. She also led off the second place 200 medley relay in 28.73 to secure a 1-2 MIT sweep in the opening event.

January 16th, 2018
Brandon McKenzie, Swimming & Diving

Junior Brandon McKenzie secured three wins and posted the top time in a fourth event to contribute to the No. 4 MIT swimming and diving team’s 189-103 win over the No. 22 U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday. McKenzie opened the meet with a victory as a part of the 200 medley relay before going on to win the 100 breast (57.12), 200 breast (2:07.08), and to post the top time in the 400 IM (4:10.31) swimming exhibition. That improves MIT’s dual meet record to 5-1 and 4-0 in the NEWMAC.

January 9th, 2018
Dolly Yuan, Women’s Basketball

Junior Dolly Yuan helped the MIT women’s basketball team to a 69-61 come from behind victory over Clark University. Yuan totaled 17 points, three assists, and two steals during the game, the second most for the Engineers. The junior also had a key layup with just 1:03 left in the game following a shot clock violation by Clark to give MIT a 65-61 advantage as they stormed back in the final moments of the game to take the win.

January 9th, 2018
AJ Jurko, Men’s Basketball

Junior AJ Jurko helped the No. 11 MIT men’s basketball team extend their winning streak to nine this week in the team’s 94-58 win over WPI and their 74-65 win over Coast Guard. In the NEWMAC opener against WPI Jurko scored 10 points and had 4 rebounds, while he scored 17 points and had 7 rebounds in the Engineer’s winning game over Coast Guard.
December 19th, 2017
Taylor V'Dovec
, Women’s Basketball

Junior Taylor V’Dovec helped power the MIT women’s basketball team to a 74-51 victory over Endicott College on Thursday. V’Dovec led all MIT players with 23 points in Thursday’s game, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line and grabbing four rebounds for the Engineers. While MIT was up just one point after the first quarter, V’Dovec was part of a 23-6 run that had the Engineers up by 20 at the half that helped secure them the win.
December 19th, 2017
Tim Roberts, Men’s Basketball

Junior Tim Roberts helped the No. 22 MIT men’s basketball to a 88-68 home win over UMass Dartmouth last Monday night. Roberts posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double during the game, leading MIT in rebounds and contributing to strong defensive pressure in the second half that helped the Engineers overcome the tied score at the break.
December 12th, 2017
Jocelyn Luizzi, Women’s Basketball

Freshman Jocelyn Luizzi helped the MIT women’s basketball team to a 71-46 win over NEWMAC opponent Emerson College on Wednesday at Emerson. Luizzi led the Engineers with a game-high 17 points and had seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals for MIT. That was Luizzi’s career high point total so far for the 2017-18 season.

December 12th, 2017
Joe O’Connor, Squash

Freshman Joe O’Connor helped the No. 22 MIT squash team to take down No. 27 Bowdoin College on Saturday in Cambridge. O’Connor was one of three come from behind victories for the Engineers, winning in five sets after being down 0-2 on sets to start, ending up 11-13, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 12-10. That helped give MIT their seventh 9-0 win of the season.

December 5th, 2017
Kailey Allen, Swimming & Diving

Freshman Kailey Allen was one of the top performers for the MIT women’s swimming & diving team this weekend at the annual MIT Winter Invitational. Allen secured two individual wins for the Engineers, winning the 200 butterfly (2:00.66) on Saturday and 100 butterfly (56:54) on Sunday. Allen’s time in the 200 butterfly was a school record by nearly 2 seconds and is currently the top time in the country. Both her 100 and 200 butterfly times were also NCAA ‘B’ cuts. Allen also contributed to the winning 200 medley relay (1:45.16) that also achieved a ‘B’ cut and is currently ranked 7th in the country.

December 5th, 2017
Josh Graves, Swimming & Diving

Junior Josh Graves made a big impact in the distance events for the MIT men’s swimming & diving team this weekend at the annual MIT Winter Invitational. Graves was the top finisher in the 1650 free on the first night of the meet, winning the event by 25 second with a 15:44.24. That time is the fourth fastest in the country this year and cleared the NCAA ‘B’ cut in the event by more than 30 seconds. Graves was also the top MIT finisher in the 500 free, finishing in fourth with a 4:38.44.

November 27th, 2017
Kylie Gallagher, Women’s Basketball


Freshman Kylie Gallagher was a standout for the MIT women’s basketball team as they fell on the road to No. 13 Bowdoin College, 80-60. Gallagher totaled 19 points throughout the game, also posting 10 rebounds, three blocks, and one steal for the Engineers.

November 27th, 2017
Bradley Jomard, Men’s Basketball

Junior Bradley Jomard helped lead the MIT men’s basketball team to a win over No. 6 Tufts University last Tuesday, scoring 24 points in the Engineers 93-83 road win against the Jumbos. Jomard was the top-scorer for MIT, shooting 53.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three while also posting six rebounds, three assists, and four steals while. That helped the Engineers improve to 3-0 for the season.
November 21st, 2017
Helen Sakharova, Women’s Fencing

Junior Helen Sakharova went undefeated in epee action this weekend, finishing 21-0 in epee action as the MIT women's fencing team traveled to Brown University for the Northeast Fencing Conference opener on Saturday. Sakharova’s performance helped lead the Engineers to a 6-1 record at the contest, falling only to Brandeis University 15-12.
November 21st, 2017
Jeffrey Hu
, Squash

Senior captain Jeffrey Hu helped lead the MIT squash team to four straight wins in this weekend’s Navy Round Robin. Hu had a five-set victory at position four to help secure the win for the Engineers and improve their record to 8-1. Hu was also MIT’s only winner in the previous day’s opener against the Naval Academy, taking down Jamie Kjorlien in five sets.

November 14th, 2017
Blake Zhou, Swimming & Diving

In MIT’s home opener against Division I Cornell University sophomore Blake Zhou captured wins on both 1-meter and 3-meter in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Zhou scored 288.07 on the 3-meter board, which is well above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualification mark in the event. Zhou was just 10 points off the qualifying mark on 1-meter, scoring 245.77 to take first place and sweep the diving events for MIT.

November 14th, 2017
Sam Solomon, Swimming & Diving

On the road against Division I Brown University, sophomore Sam Solomon scored two wins on 1-meter and 3-meter this past Saturday. Solomon was well above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualification standards on both boards, scoring 325.35 on 3-meter and 286.28 on 1-meter. Solomon was also above the NCAA Regional qualifying score the previous day in MIT’s home opener against Cornell, where he finished second on 3-meter (289.20) and fourth on 1-meter (257.02).
November 7th, 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 7th, 2017
Aidan Van Duzer, Football

In MIT’s Senior Day game against Norwich University Engineer freshman Aiden Van Duzer pulled off a 75 yard run at the end of the first quarter put his team back into scoring position to build on their early 7-0 lead. Van Duzer’s run put freshman Mark Wright in position to score with a 30-yard field goal, which was his first of two on the day. The Engineers would go on to win the game 20-0 to improve to 7-2.

October 31st, 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.

October 31st, 2017
William Caruso, Men’s Rifle

Senior William Caruso was the top performer for the Engineers on Saturday as the Rifle team dropped a 4,401-4,255 final to John Jay in the duPont Rifle Range. Caruso finished fourth overall with a score of 1,079. He posted a score of 523 in smallbore, along with a 556 in air rifle that finished fourth as well.

October 24th, 2017
Varsity 8 ‘A’ Boat, Women’s Lightweight Crew

At the 2017 Head of the Charles, the MIT lightweight varsity 8 "A" boat posted a program-best time (16:20.241) on Sunday afternoon to lead the Engineers over the two-day event on the Charles River. In the final race of the weekend for MIT, the lightweight eight "A" boat finished in sixth. This marked the third Head of the Charles race together for seniors Elizabeth Martin (Lexington, Mass.), Annika Rollock (Lafayette, N.J.) and Sylvia Sarnik (Harvard, Mass.).

October 24th, 2017
Loukas Carayannopoulos, Men’s Soccer

Freshman Loukas Carayannopoulos had one goal and one assist last Wednesday to lead the men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win against No. 8 UMass Boston. That win broke a four game winless streak for the men's soccer team and brought their total record to 5-6-3.

October 17th, 2017
Christian Schillinger, Water Polo

MIT water polo freshman Christian Schillinger registered eight goals, nine steals and drew a pair of ejections as he helped the Engineers to a runner-up finish at the CWPA Division III Championship and to a pair of victories this week. Schillinger was also named to the CWPA Division III Championship All-Tournament Second Team for his performances against Monmouth (20-1 win), Penn State Behrend (12-3 win) and Johns Hopkins (11-10 loss).

October 17th, 2017
Katie Collins, Women’s Cross Country

Freshman Katie Collins led the No. 3 Engineers to a strong showing at the Cowbell Classic at Principia College in Elsah, Ill. The freshman became the third runner this season to lead the Engineers across the finish line, finishing in seventh in a time of 21:43.35. She was followed closely by teammate Katie Bacher, who finished eighth. The Engineers placed second overall by just just two points to John Hopkins University in what was a preview of the Division III Championships that will be held on the same course on November 18th.

October 10, 2017
Udgam Goyal, Football

MIT football junior quarterback Udgam Goyal had himself another great game in this week’s 51-6 win over Maine Maritime in NEWMAC action. Goyal completed 17 of his 20 passes for 135 yards and registered four touchdowns – two rushing and two passing. With four total touchdowns, Goyal is now leads the NEWMAC with 15 combined scores, which is a career-high for the junior.  

October 10, 2017
Alexis Groark, Women's Volleyball

Alexis Groark led the No. 17 women’s volleyball team to a 2-0 week which featured a 3-2 come from behind win at Babson and a 3-0 sweep of Emmanuel College to lift the Engineers to 19-1 overall as she totaled 21 kills, two digs, two blocks and one service ace this week. Against Babson, Groark registered 11 kills and hit .400 to lead the team and against Emmanuel she hit .316 to go along with ten kills. With double-digit kills twice last week, Groark now has four double-digit kills this season, a career-high for the sophomore.

 

October 3, 2017
Sean Ko, Men's Tennis

Junior Sean Ko led the No. 21 MIT men’s tennis team to a strong showing over the weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regional Tournament at Middlebury College. Ko advanced to the Round of 16 in the singles bracket of the season opening competition, defeating Danny Coran of Tufts 6-4, 6-2 and Jorge Aguirre Martinez of Wheaton College 6-2, 6-4. Ko fell to William deQuant of Middlebury in his third match 7-6 (5), 6-3.

October 3, 2017
Bailey Tregoning, Field Hockey

Junior Bailey Tregoning helped the No. 16 Engineers to a dominant 6-1 win over NEWMAC foe Wheaton College on Tuesday at home. Tregoning had MIT’s sole goal in the second half of the game, extending MIT’s lead to 6, all of them unanswered goals. That win extended MIT’s record to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.

September 26, 2017
Ty Ingram & Sameena Shaffeeullah, Coed Sailing

Senior Ty Ingram and junior Sameena Shaffeeullah won four different rotations and posted seven top-5 placements over the 11 races sailed in the A Division at the St. Mary’s Fall Intersectional. That helped the co-ed team finish seventh overall, with the A Division taking third with 62 points.

September 26, 2017
Katie Bacher, Women's Cross Country

Sophomore Katie Bacher led the No. 3 Engineers in their season-opening meet at the Purple Valley Classic in Williamstown, MA. Bacher led the Engineers in the 6k with a fourth-place finish, crossing the finish line in 22:17.8 to beat her time from the 2016 race by 47 seconds. Bacher’s finish helped the Engineers defeat seven nationally-ranked teams, including three in the top 10, to win the meet with a total of 55 points.

September 19, 2017
Udgam Goyal, Football

Udgam Goyal, quarterback for the MIT football team, completed 16 of his 27 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-26 win over Endicott College on Saturday afternoon. In addition, Goyal ran for 79 yards including a 71 yard touchdown run early in the second quarter – a career-long run for the junior – which at the time gave MIT the 24-7 advantage.

September 19, 2017

Libby Rickeman, Women's Tennis

Freshman Libby Rickeman of the women’s tennis team opened her collegiate career by claiming the singles championship at the MIT Invitational over the weekend. Rickeman opened the tournament with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Zoe Miller of Tufts in her first collegiate match. In the second round, she defeated No. 5 seeded Vickie Ip of Amherst by a 6-3, 6-2 final to set up a third-round matchup with top-seeded Victoria Yu of Wesleyan. Rickeman defeated Yu, who is ranked No. 3 in the country in Division III, by a 7-5, 6-4 final to move into the semifinals. After a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 4 seeded Mina Karamercan from Tufts, Rickeman advanced to the championship match and defeated Smukler 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday morning. Karamercan is the No. 17 ranked player nationally, while Smukler is No. 15.

September 12, 2017
Luka Knezevic, Water Polo

Luka Knezevic, of the MIT water polo team, led MIT to a sweep of Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon with a dominant individual performance in the pool. Knezevic scored three goals on six shots, posted six assists, won two sprints and added a steal in a 19-11 game one win. In the night cap, Knezevic registered his second hat trick of the day and also dished out one assist and stole the ball twice to lead the Engineers to a 20-5 game two win.

September 12, 2017
Emily Berzolla, Women's Soccer

In a 3-0 week for the MIT women's soccer team, sophomore Emily Berzolla registered two goals and four assists for eight points to lead the Engineers to their best start to a season (5-0) since 1993. In the opener this week, Berzolla registered two goals against Worcester State - her first two of the season - and then went on to dish out two assists in a 6-1 road win at Emmanuel and two assists in a 7-0 win at home against Thomas. Berzolla now has nine points this season, which ranks second in the NEWMAC, and has led the MIT offense, one that ranks second in the country in assists, third in goals and third in total points, to a undefeated start.