Dill to Take Maternity Leave During 2012-13 Swimming Season, Pitter Named Acting Head Coach

CAMBRIEGE, Mass. – MIT Department Head and Director of Athletics Julie Soriero has announced that Dawn Dill, the Mary Francis Wagley, '47 Head Coach of the MIT men's and women's swimming and diving teams, will be stepping aside from her coaching duties for the 2012-13 academic year to take maternity leave. Soriero named Samantha Pitter, MIT's assistant head swimming and diving coach, as the acting head coach of the program during Dill's leave. Dill will resume her coaching duties in the summer of 2013.

Dill just completed her ninth season as the head coach of MIT's men's and women's swimming and diving programs. She guided the men's team to a fourth-place finish at the recently completed NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, matching the best-ever finish for the Engineers that was set last year. It also marked the team's fourth straight top-10 finish at the national championships. She also guided the women's team to its best-ever national finish this year as well, with the Engineer's placing eighth overall.

Pitter completed her fourth season with MIT this year. During her time at MIT her work with the MIT swimmers has helped bring the Engineers to unprecedented levels of success. Pitter was recognized for her contribution to MIT athletics in 2010 when she received the SAAC Superior Service Award, presented to the member of the MIT community that goes above and beyond to provide support for the student athlete experience.