June 9, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Igor Kopylov capped off his outstanding fencing career after being voted to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday. The lone fencer among 45 athletes on the College Division national team, Kopylov became the first male fencer in Institute history to earn a spot on the First Team. In addition, he received the program's first award since 2000 and fourth overall.
MIT's institutional tally now stands at 154 following its ninth honor of the year, maintaining its position as the leader among Division III programs. The men's at-large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, and water polo.
Kopylov graduated as a three-time New England Champ in sabre and recorded a finish of 20th place at the NCAA Championship during his rookie campaign. He was a four-time Northeast Fencing Conference Sabre All-Star and a two-time recipient of the Georges L. Cointe Award which is given by the IFA for excelling in high-level competition with excellence in sportsmanship. Kopylov, a former Computer Science and Engineering major, received the Object Oriented Project Prize in Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs and the David A. Chanen Writing Award for best paper in Computer System Engineering. He worked in the Humans and Automation Lab on a data visualization system and also developed an interface for electronic medical records used by doctors at AthenaHealth.