Women’s Swimming and Diving Leads League With 14 Student-Athletes On NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team

Sophomore Yida Wang
Sophomore Yida Wang

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (March 2) – The MIT women's swimming and diving team, ranked No. 11 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III national poll, placed a conference-high 14 student-athletes on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference Team, when the league announced its selections late last week. Between the men's and the women's teams at MIT, the Engineers totaled 26 honorees.

Honorees must have met the following criteria to be eligible: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.5/4.0 scale or a 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2016 fall semester, achieved second-year academic status at their institution and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.

Earning Academic All-Conference honors were seniors Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Maddie Severance (Brookfield, Wis.) and Emily Tsang (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), juniors Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) as well as sophomores Hayley Bergman (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.), Kimberly Feng (Andover, Mass.), Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.), Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.), Yida Wang (Monterey Park, Calif.), Sara Wilson (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)Clare Wieland (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Catherine Wu (Pearland, Texas).

In addition, Wu was named to the newly established NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship team for the 2016-17 season. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport, that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.

The No. 11 Engineers are gearing up for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship, which will take place from March 15 through March 18 in Shenandoah, Texas. MIT will have 13 student-athletes competing next month including Chambers, Chen, Jedryka, Matranaga, Thielking and Wu along with seven others.

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