Austin, Texas (June 17) - A Division III leading seven MIT student-athletes - three men and four women - have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America At-Large teams this spring as the organization released its selections this afternoon.
Despite the cancelation of spring competition as a result of COVID-19, CoSIDA continued its sponsorship of the Academic All-America awards program. Student-athletes were selected based on career statistics.
Men's swimming and diving seniors Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) and Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) as well as women's swimming and diving junior Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) were all placed on the First Team, while water polo senior Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.), field hockey and softball senior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and women's swimming and diving senior Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) were placed on the Second Team. In addition, women's swimming and diving senior Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) was placed on the Third Team.
Edskes and Ubellacker are the 13th and 14th student-athletes from the men's swimming and diving program to be named Academic All-Americans, while Wen, Zhou and Staszel account for the 11th, 12th and 13th selections from the women's swimming and diving team. Huibregtse is the first Academic All-American from the water polo program since 2014 and is the fourth overall, while Goetz is the first dual sport athlete to earn Academic All-America honors in two sports in the same year at MIT, outside of cross country/track and field, since Tracy Sadowski '99 (field hockey/women's lacrosse) in 1999.
With seven At-Large Academic All-America award recipients this spring, the Engineers have produced 14 Academic All-Americans this year (two women's soccer, two football, two softball and one baseball in addition to the seven at-large). Since the start of the CoSIDA program in 1952, MIT has totaled 332 all-time Academic All-Americans which ranks first among all Division III schools and second across all three divisions just behind the University of Nebraska which has earned 338 honors.
A three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree, Edskes graduated this spring with 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 graduated 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 has served as a member of the MIT Formula Student Driverless Team and has interned at Daimler Trucks of North America, the Delft University of Technology and in the MIT Aerospace Controls Lab.
Goetz, an Academic All-America selection for both softball and field hockey this year, graduated this spring as a double major in mechanical engineering and brain & cognitive sciences with a 3.80 GPA. 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 totaled 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 has served as a 1/C Midshipman for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), and as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Step Ahead Program. In addition, Goetz interned at Livanova, at Diamond Kinetics, at the Newman Lab and at DRAPER Labs and was an archaeology student researcher in Cyprus.
Huibregtse, the first CoSIDA Academic All-America selection from the MIT water polo team since 2014, graduated this spring with a 3.92 GPA as a double major in mathematics with computer science and physics. The senior capped his career as 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 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-America selection, graduated this spring with a 3.84 GPA as a computer science, economics and data science major. The senior capped her career as 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 holds the school and pool records in the 200-free relay. Out of the pool, the senior has served an undergraduate researcher at the MIT Operations Research Center, as an intern at both Nordstrom Technology and at Amadeus North America. In addition, 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-America honoree, graduated this spring with a 3.92 GPA as an electrical engineering and computer science major. He capped his career as 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 month. 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 also won the 2.007 Manufacturing and Design Robotics Competition at MIT.
Wen, a two-time 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, a first-time Academic All-American, graduated this spring with a 3.76 GPA as a brain and cognitive sciences major. The senior capped their career 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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