INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 21) – MIT women’s cross country/track and field senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) has won the 2017 NCAA Elite 90 Fan Favorite contest which concluded on Thursday evening. Gong becomes the second MIT student-athlete to win the contest as D. Carrington Motley ’16 (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won it back in 2015.
Cambridge, Mass. (July 19) -- Tyler O’Keefe has been named as the MIT men’s lacrosse head coach, as announced by Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics. O’Keefe succeeds 43-year head coach Walter Alessi, who announced his retirement following the 2017 season. O’Keefe comes to MIT from Williams College (Mass.), where he has served as an assistant coach for the last two seasons.
Behind the strength of a 3.618 grade point average, the MIT women’s basketball team placed seventh on the 2016-17 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This was the second time the Engineers cracked the top 10 on the list as they ranked third in 2011.
Austin, Texas (July 18) -- MIT women’s cross country/track and field senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) has been named the 2016-17 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
For the second straight season the MIT men’s volleyball team had eight student-athletes qualify for the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) All-Academic List as announced by the league on Wednesday. The Engineers were also recipients of the All-Academic Team award and generated the highest GPA in the UVC, a 3.54 on a 4.0 scale.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 10) – The MIT water polo team has announced its slate of games for the 2017 season, which will feature 23 regular season games that includes ten Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) contests and nine home matches. The Engineers will be under the direction of fourth-year head coach Dave Andriole.
The Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Board of Stewards has announced the All-Academic Team for the 2016-17 academic year. A total of 336 student-athletes from 32 institutions were honored, with MIT producing 19 qualifiers, including an IRA-best 10 women’s lightweight representatives.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 5) – The MIT women’s soccer program has announced its slate of games for the 2017 season, which will feature a 19-match schedule that includes ten New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests and ten home games at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. The Engineers will be under the guidance of tenth-year head coach Martin Desmarais
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 3) – Former MIT water polo standout student-athlete Ory Tasman ’16 (Orlando, Fla.) has been chosen to compete for Team USA at the 20th World Maccabi Games, which will take place from July 4 – July 18, 2017 in Israel. Tasman, who is currently the women’s collegiate club water polo coach at the University of Central Florida, will join the USA Water Polo team in his first-ever Maccabiah Games this summer.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (June 30) – The MIT men’s Soccer program has announced its schedule for the 2017 season, which will feature an 18-game schedule that includes seven New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests and eight home matches.
Cambridge, Mass. (June 29) -- Todd Elwell has been named as the MIT men’s volleyball head coach, as announced by Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics. Elwell succeeds Paul Dill, who will remain as the women’s volleyball head coach.
Indianapolis, Ind. (June 27) -- MIT senior cross country/track and field runner Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) is among the program-record 544 student-athletes nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Overall, seven New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) student-athletes were nominated by their respective institutions for the accolade. The 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award will be presented on October 22, 2017 in Indianapolis, Ind.
MIT senior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) is the second athlete in the history of the men’s lacrosse program to receive Scholar All-America honors as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He joins former teammate Paul Orrson ’16 on the Engineers’ all-time list.
Cambridge, Mass. (June 22) -- The MIT football program has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2017 season, which will mark the team’s first season in the newly formed New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) football conference. The Engineers will be under the direction of ninth-year head coach Chad Martinovich.
NORFOLK, Va. (June 22) – The MIT men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams received Scholar All-America Team honors for academic excellence during the spring of 2017, as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Wednesday afternoon. The CSCAA honors college and university swimming and diving teams who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Both squads have appeared on this list every season since the 2003-04 campaign.
Austin, Texas (June 21) -- Led by seniors Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) and Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.), the MIT men’s and women’s track and field/cross country teams had eight student-athletes named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams on Wednesday afternoon. Gong was named the CoSIDA Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year for the second straight season, while Okeke was tabbed as the Men’s Academic All-American of the Year for the first time.
Cambridge, Mass. (June 19) -- Lauren Haynie, MIT’s special assistant to the athletic director, has resigned her position and has accepted the senior associate athletic director position at Wellesley College (Mass.).
Secaucus, N.J. (June 14) -- MIT senior pitcher David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) has been selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 34th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Hesslink joins teammate Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) as selections in this year’s draft as he is just the fourth player in MIT history to be drafted. Filiere was picked on Tuesday by the Chicago Cubs.
Secaucus, N.J. (June 13) -- MIT junior shortstop Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) has been selected by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Filiere is just the third MIT player to be drafted and first since 2001 alumnus Jason Szuminski, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 27th round in 2000.
Cambridge, Mass. (June 12) -- James Sica has been named as the MIT swimming and diving assistant coach and communications, promotions and marketing assistant. Sica comes to MIT from Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.).
AUSTIN, Texas (June 6) – Four MIT student-athletes – two men and two women - have earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America At-Large Division III accolades. Women’s swimming and diving senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) was placed on the First Team, women’s fencing sophomore Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) and men’s lacrosse senior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) were placed on the Second Team and men’s swimming and diving junior Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) earned a spot on the third team.
In its final outing of the season, the MIT men’s lightweight crew team competed at the IRA National Championship this past weekend. The Engineers saw both their Varsity 4+ and Varsity 4- place fourth in their respective Petite Finals.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (June 5) – Coming off the program’s first appearance at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s (ICSA) LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship, the MIT sailing team had three student-athletes receive All-America honors from the ICSA. The All-America teams were announced by the association late on June 2nd after the conclusion of their three national championship events in Charleston, South Carolina.
Cleveland, Ohio (June 2) -- In the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, MIT finished 11th overall nationally with a total of 667.25 points in the 2016-2017 season. The Engineers again finish as the top-ranked program overall from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). This year, the NEWMAC had a pair of schools inside the top 25 and three within the top 50 overall.
Austin, Texas (June 1) -- MIT baseball players John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.), Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) and David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) have all been named to the 2017 Academic All-America Division III Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). The Engineers lead all of Division III with three student-athletes earning this award.
Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) will take the field one more time in an MIT uniform when he plays in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star game on Friday, June 2 at Springfield College.