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.
The MIT women sported a cumulative GPA of 3.64, which ranked 11th among all NCAA Division III women's programs this spring as New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Mount Holyoke College had the top mark in the country at 3.73. The MIT men registered a GPA of 3.45, which ranked 21st among all NCAA Division III men's programs this year. The Engineers ranked second in the league behind Springfield College (3.51) and Ozarks led the nation with a 3.71 team GPA. In total, 720 teams, representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2017 spring semester.
In addition to the team awards, 17 men and 11 women were named CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans or Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans. The MIT men ranked first in the country with 13 Scholar All-America selections, while the women were second in the country with nine, which ranked just behind Connecticut College (10). Senior Jeremy Ellison (Carmel, Ind.) was the only student-athlete on the men's team to earn his fourth selection to the Scholar All-America/Honorable Mention Scholar All-America teams this year, while juniors Dougie Kogut (Glen Burnie, Md.) and Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) earned their third straight spot on the Scholar All-America team. The women were led by senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and junior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), who earned were placed on the Scholar All-America teams for the third time in their respective careers.
Among all Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA programs across the country, the CSCAA selected 997 First-Team Scholar All-Americans and 954 Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans in 2017. In order the be a Scholar All-American, a student-athlete must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, while to be named an Honorable Mention Scholar All-American, student-athletes must have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at a diving regional qualifying meet.
Men's Scholar All-America
Justin Chiu – First Career Selection
Peter Crocker – First Career Selection
Bouke Edskes – First Career Selection
Dane Erickson – Second Career Selection
Dougie Kogut – Third Career Selection
Tim Kralj – First Career Selection
John Matthews – Second Career Selection
Brandon McKenzie – Second Career Selection
David Morejon – First Career Selection
Gabe Schneider – First Career Selection
Daniel Smith – Second Career Selection
Sam Solomon – First Career Selection
Joshua Tomazin – Third Career Selection
Men's Honorable Mention
Women's Scholar All-America
Addie Chambers – Second Career Selection
Jessica Chen – Third Career Selection
Veronika Jedryka – Third Career Selection
Morgan Matranga – Second Career Selection
Lilia Staszel – First Career Selection
Mary Thielking – Second Career Selection
Catherine Wu – Second Career Selection
Nanette Wu – First Career Selection
Priscilla Wu – First Career Selection
Women's Honorable Mention