Seven Student-Athletes Selected to CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-District Team

Seven Student-Athletes Selected to CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-District Team

Complete 2020 At-Large Academic All-District Teams

Cambridge, Mass. (May 21)
- Seven MIT student-athletes have been recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) organization as they were all selected to the Academic All-District Team on Thursday afternoon. All seven will now appear on the national ballot for consideration for the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Team, which will be voted on and released on Wednesday, June 17.

Softball and field hockey senior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.), as well as senior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) and junior Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) from the swimming and diving teams were repeat At-Large All-District selections. MIT also had four first time selections in swimming and diving seniors Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.), Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) and Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) as well as water polo senior Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.). Last week, Goetz was placed on the softball Academic All-District Team.

MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (322) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska. CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar-athletes in the 1950's, has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her Sports Information Director. In the at-large category, student-athletes must compete in the following sports: women's beach volleyball, women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and wrestling. 

A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree, Edskes sports a 3.84 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. He is a 23-time NCAA All-American, a three-time national runner-up, a three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimmer of the Year and a 23-time NEWMAC Champion. The senior captain will graduate this spring as the holder of five program records, six pool records, 12 NEWMAC open and meet records and as the NCAA Division III national record holder in the 100-IM. At the 2020 NEWMAC Championship, Edskes earned gold medals in the 200-IM, 200-fly, 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay and 800-free relay. Out of the pool, Edskes is a member of the MIT Formula Student Driverless Team and has previously interned at Daimler Trucks of North America, the Delft University of Technology and in the MIT Aerospace Controls Lab.

Goetz, an Academic All-District selection for both softball and field hockey for the second consecutive year, sports a 3.80 GPA as a double major in mechanical engineering and brain & cognitive sciences. In the fall with the field hockey program, Goetz earned All-America and All-Region First Team honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and was named as the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year as well as the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Goetz guided MIT to its second NEWMAC title in three seasons and to the NCAA National Quarterfinals (Elite Eight) for the first time since 2011. The senior will graduate this spring with 38 goals and 25 assists for 101 points in 75 career games, all of which rank in the top-10 all-time in program history. Off the field, Goetz is a 1/C Midshipman for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) and serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Step Ahead Program. Previously, Goetz has been an intern at Livanova, an intern at Diamond Kinetics, an intern at the Newman Lab and an intern at DRAPER Labs and was an archaeology student researcher in Cyprus. 

Huibregtse, the first CoSIDA Academic All-District selection from the MIT water polo team since 2014, has a 3.92 GPA as a double major in mathematics with computer science and physics. The senior is a two-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-American, a three-time Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) All-Conference selection, a three-time ACWPC All-Academic honoree and in 2019 led MIT to the inaugural USA Water Polo Division III National Championship where the Engineers finished third in the country. He closed his career this fall with a total of 174 goals, 49 assists, 23 blocks and 70 steals and in his final game back on December 8, 2019 against rival Johns Hopkins University set a new career-high with seven goals in the 20-13 victory. Out of the pool, Huibregtse has served as a simulation and computing engineer at Oklo, Inc., a physicist and developer with the MIT Compact Muon Solenoid Project and as a technology intern at the New York City Center for Space Science Education. He also currently works as a game designer for 3D Game Development and has since 2018.

Staszel, a first time Academic All-District selection, has a 3.84 GPA as a computer science, economics and data science major. The senior is a six-time All-American, a seven-time NEWMAC Champion and two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection. At this year's NEWMAC Championship, Staszel claimed gold in the 200-free relay and 200-medley relay and was scheduled to be a part of the 200-free relay at the 2020 NCAA Division III National Championship. Staszel also currently holds the school and pool records in the 200-free relay. Out of the pool, the senior is an undergraduate researcher at the MIT Operations Research Center and has previously served as an intern at Nordstrom Technology and at Amadeus North America. Staszel has completed projects at MIT based on the optimization of swimming dual meet lineups and on an econometric analysis of popular music and suicide rates. 

Ubellacker, a first time Academic All-District honoree, sports a 3.92 GPA as an electrical engineering and computer science major. He is a 13-time NCAA All-American, an 11-time NEWMAC Champion, a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree, a two-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American and had qualified for the 2020 United States Olympics Swimming Trials that were scheduled to take place this coming June. The senior holds five MIT pool records and the school record in the 200-medley relay. At this year's NEWMAC Championship, Ubellacker claimed gold in the 100-fly, 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 200-medley relay and the 400-medley relay and was scheduled to compete at NCAA's in six events. Out of the pool, Ubellacker has served as an Intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, as a software developer for a Mental Health Analysis and as a Lab Assistant at MIT. He has also won the 2.007 Manufacturing and Design Robotics Competition at MIT.

Wen, a 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-American with a 4.00 GPA as a double major in physics as well as chemistry and biology, is a six-time NCAA diving All-American, two-time NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional champion, three-time NEWMAC Champion and was the 2018-19 NEWMAC Women's Diver of the Year. Wen has been selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-American and NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree twice. At this year's NEWMAC Championship, Wen finished first on the 3-meter board and second on the 1-meter board and followed it up with two top-five finishes at regionals the weekend after. Out of the pool Wen currently serves as an undergraduate researcher in the Kiessling Group and as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Physics at MIT. Wen is also the President for Challah for Hunger, is a volunteer for The Family Van, is a founding member of the MIT Asian American Initiative and is a teacher and program manager with the MIT China Educational Technology Initiative.

Zhou sports a 3.76 GPA as a brain and cognitive sciences major. The senior is a seven-time NCAA diving All-American, two-time NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional champion, two-time NEWMAC Women's Diver of the Year and two-time NEWMAC Champion. Zhou has been selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-American twice and as a NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree three times. At this year's NEWMAC Championship, Zhou finished first on the 1-meter board and second on the 3-meter board and followed it up with two second place finishes at regionals the weekend after. Out of the pool, Zhou has served as a research assistant at MIT's Sur Lab, Wilson Lab and Kamm Mechanobiology Lab and was an intern at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. In the spring of 2020, Zhou also served as a Teaching Assistant in a pair of classes including Diseases for the Nervous System and Intro to Psychology.

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