MIT COOP Student-Athlete of the Week

March 4, 2020
Alec Reduker, Track & Field

At the New England Division III Championship, Reduker led the Engineers to victory as he scored 24 points over the high jump, long jump and triple jump. In the high jump, he set the MIT school record and the top mark in the nation as he cleared seven feet, 1.5 inches. This broke the previous MIT record by a 2.75-inch margin. He then followed that with a season-best 23 feet, 6.75 inches in the long jump to move into 11th place nationally as he finished as the runner-up. In the triple jump, Reduker finished third with a leap of 47 feet, 8.5 inches and is currently ranked fifth on the national performance list from earlier this season.

March 4, 2020
Jacqueline Ahrens, Track & Field

At the New England Division III Championship, Ahrens captured the pole vault championship with a season-high clearance of 12 feet, 5.5 inches. The mark tied the facility record set by former national champion and MIT alum Cimran Virdi and ranks Ahrens 10th in the country.

February 26, 2020
Jordan Ren, Swimming & Diving

Sophomore Jordan Ren had some outstanding performances at the 2020 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships. Ren was a two-time NEWMAC Champion in the 200 breast (2:00.60) and the 400 IM (3:55.13). His time in the 200 breast was a new meet, NEWMAC, and MIT school record. Ren was also a key leg on the men’s 400 medley relay, splitting a 54.78 on the breaststroke leg that helped the relay to a new meet record that was less than two-tenths off the existing NEWMAC and MIT record. Ren was also the runner-up in the 200 IM (1:49.46).

February 26, 2020
Shannon Hagmaier, Swimming & Diving

Sophomore Shannon Hagmaier was a key player in MIT’s tenth consecutive NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championship this past weekend. Hagmaier was a two-time NEWMAC Champion in the 50 free (23.62) and 100 free (51.33), and was a key player on the winning 200, 400, and 800 free relays as well as the 400 medley relay. MIT’s time in the 200 free relay was a new school, conference, and meet record, while their time in the 800 free relay was a new meet record. 

February 19, 2020
McKinley Polen, Men’s Track & Field

He won both the 60 meters and the 200 at the Gordon Kelly Invitational. His time of 6.99 in the 60 meters tied the school record set in 2012 and broke his own rookie record of 7.07. His time was also 23.10 in the 200 meters.

February 19, 2020
Distance Medley Relay, Women’s Track & Field

The team of Margaret Trautner, Sarah Ishamuddin, Katie Williams and Marissa McPhillips ran the No. 2 time in the country at BU in a time of 11:44.11. Converted to a flat track time, it came in at 11:51.65. 

February 12, 2020
Nicholas Gustafson, Men’s Volleyball

In a 3-0 week for the MIT men's volleyball team, first-year Nicholas Gustafson hit .477 with 27 kills, five digs and a pair of block assists. Gustafson began his week with seven kills for a career-high .636 hit percentage in a 3-0 win over Emmanuel on Thursday and followed it up with a career-high 16 kills in a come from behind win over Elms and four kills on five swings in a 3-0 win over Illinois Tech on Saturday.​

February 12, 2020
Paula Pieper, Women’s Basketball

In a 2-0 week for MIT, 5' 5" point guard Paula Pieper averaged 5.5 rebounds (all defensive) and three steals while tallying 10.5 points and three assists. On Wednesday in a 59-50 win at WPI, she grabbed five rebounds (second-highest on the team) and one steal to go along with 16 points and three assists in a 40-minute effort. On Saturday in a 73-61 victory at Coast Guard, Pieper collected a game-high five steals and six rebounds (second-highest on the team) while posting five points and three assists in 29 minutes of action coming off the bench.

February 4, 2020
Kenneth Wei, Track & Field

At the NEICAAA Championships this weekend, first-year Kenneth Wei finished third in a time of 8.12 in the 60-meter hurdles. The mark is the MIT school record by a .08-second margin and breaks his own rookie record. Wei ran 8.39 in the prelims, followed by a time of 8.16 in the semifinals that placed him second heading into the finals. Wei is now ranked seventh in the country.

February 4, 2020
Kristen Palmer, Women’s Fencing

The MIT women's fencing team generated a 3-3 ledger at the Eric Sollee Invitational hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday, with first-year Kristen Palmer amassing a perfect 16-0 record for the sabre team. Palmer went 3-0 vs. Penn, Haverford, NJIT, Stevens, and NYU and 1-0 vs. Hunter to hit her 16-0 record.

January 29, 2020
Josh Sohn, Men’s Fencing

In its first competition since early December, the MIT men's fencing team went 4-2 in Northeast Fencing Conference action while also defeating guest Drew University on Saturday at Boston College. First-year Josh Sohn compiled a 13-3 record for the sabre squad, going 3-0 against Brown, 2-0 against Tufts and Dartmouth, and 2-1 against Vassar, Drew, and Boston College.

January 29, 2020
Margaret Trautner, Track & Field

In the 800 meters at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at BU, senior Margaret Trautner finished second in her heat and posted the No. 2 time in the nation as she crossed in 2:13.75. Her time was converted to a flat track time of 2:15.29 as she was 20th overall out of 150 finishers.

January 23, 2020
Alec Reduker, Indoor Track & Field

Senior Alec Reduker helped the No. 8 Men's Track & Field team to a strong performances at the Sorlien Memorial Invitational this weekend. Reduker won the triple jump on Saturday with a career-best jump of 48 feet, 10.25 inches that is ranked No. 2 nationally. He was also second overall and in the country in the high jump with a height of six feet, 10.25 inches.

January 23, 2020
Katie Collins, Indoor Track & Field

Junior Katie Collins contributed to a strong overall performance from the No. 3 Women’s Track & Field team at the Sorlien Memorial Invitational this weekend. Collins won the 3,000 meters in 10:06.12 and is ranked third nationally after her 21-second victory.

January 15, 2020
Bouke Edskes, Swimming & Diving

Senior Bouke Edskes put together a strong showing for the No. 4 Engineers against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, winning both his individual events. Edskes opened the meet with a win in the men’s 200 free, touching in a season-best 1:41.80 to hold off the top Coast Guard swimmer by .15. He followed that up with a win in the 200 IM in 1:51.63, just .18 off the NCAA B cut and more than 8 seconds faster than the closest Coast Guard swimmer.

January 15, 2020
Angelina Zhang, Swimming & Diving

MIT first-year Angelina Zhang was one of four student-athletes to win multiple individual event on Saturday when the No. 8 Engineers defeated Coast Guard, 263-64. Zhang won both the 200-IM in a time of 2:12.62 and the 200-fly in 2:07.65. The first-year also produced a runner-up finish in the 200-breast in 2:30.25.

December 18, 2019
Ian Hinkley, Men’s Basketball

In a 1-1 week for the Engineers, junior Ian Hinkley averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to go along with two assists and two blocks per game. Shooting 43.5 percent from three for the week, Hinkley's week was highlighted by a 26-point outing with seven three-pointers in a home win over Bridgewater State to close out the first semester.

December 18, 2019
Christina Antonakakis, Women’s Basketball

In MIT's only game of the week, an 80-69 victory over Framingham State on Tuesday, sophomore Christina Antonakakis tallied a career and game-high 26 points to go along with a game-high six assists. Her first three baskets of the game came from behind the arc, helping her generate 17 of the Engineers' 36 points during the first quarter.

December 11, 2019
Sam Ubellacker, Swimming & Diving

Senior Sam Ubellacker had several standout performances at the 2019 MIT Winter Invite, including setting three new pool records and one new school record. Ubellacker was a key leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:28.54), 200 free relay (1:20.30), and 400 free relay (2:58.17), all three of which are new pool records and are currently ranked #2 in the country. Ubellacker also set a pool record in the 50 free (19.70) in a time trial on Sunday morning, a lifetime best and the current #1 time in the country.

December 11, 2019
Women’s 200 Medley Relay, Swimming & Diving

The women’s 200 medley relay from MIT of senior Nanette Wu, first-year Edenna Chen, junior Olivia McGrath, and sophomore Lindsey Bjornstad, won the event at this weekend’s MIT Invite in an Institute-record time of 1:42.30, cutting 1.01 seconds from the previous record from 2018 NCAA’s. That time cleared an NCAA "B" cut by more than 3 seconds, and currently sits as the third fastest time in the nation.

December 4, 2019
Ian Hinkley, Men’s Basketball

In a 1-1 week, Hinkley nearly averaged a double-double with 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while adding 2.5 assists and one block contest. Hinkley posted a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double at Tufts, which was his third straight double-double. He followed that with a 27-point effort that included six three-pointers in a win at Keene as he shot 47.1 from three, 41.9 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free throw line for the week.

December 4, 2019 
Kristen Palmer, Women’s Fencing

First-year Kristen Palmer powered the MIT Women’s Fencing sabre squad with an 12-3 record this weekend at the Brandeis University Invitational. Facing the toughest competition so far this season, Palmer went 3-0 vs. Incarnate Word, Harvard and Yale and was 2-1 vs. St. Johns.

November 26, 2019
Vedaant Paul Kukadia, Squash

Senior Vedaant Paul Kukadia was instrumental in MIT Squash’s win over the U.S. Naval Academy, the first time in program history that the Engineers have defeated the Midshipmen. Kukadia won in come from behind fashion, dropping his first set before coming back for a 3-1 win over Ryan York, 6-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-8 at No. 5. The Engineers ended up defeating the Midshipmen by a 6-3 final to pick their first victory in the all-time series which stretches 54 matches and dates back to the 1948-49 season.

November 26, 2019
Annika Sougstad, Women’s Basketball

Sophomore Annika Sougstad was key in the Engineers 93-51 win over Nichols College, recording her first double-double with a career and game-high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five steals, and three assists. This win was the 8th time in program history that the Engineers scored more than 90 points in a game.

November 20, 2019
Izzi Gengaro, Women’s Cross Country

Sophomore Izzi Gengaro captured the 2019 NCAA New England Regional individual championship by a one-second margin as the No. 3 ranked Engineers finished second out of 54 teams with a total of 84 points. Gengaro crossed in first place out of 380 finishers as she posted a time of 21:19.1 over the six-kilometer course. MIT earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship as the Engineers will travel to Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. That race is scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd.

November 20, 2019
Aaron Lu, Men’s Fencing

Sophomore Aaron Lu won 13 of his 14 sabre bouts this weekend as the MIT men's fencing team kicked off Northeast Fencing Conference action with a 5-0 performance on Sunday at Brown University. Lu went 3-0 vs. University of New Hampshire, Brandeis, and Sacred Heart; 2-0 vs. UMass; and 2-1 vs. Boston University.

November 13, 2019
Devon Goetz, Field Hockey

A breakaway goal by senior Devon Goetz just 35 seconds into overtime completed MIT Field Hockey’s comeback as it defeated nationally-ranked No. 15 and top-seeded Babson College, 3-2, in the NEWMAC Field Hockey Championship on Saturday afternoon. Goetz was named the Tournament Most Outstanding Player for her efforts. The Engineers captured their second conference title in three years and sixth overall.

November 13, 2019
Emily Berzolla, Women’s Soccer 

MIT senior captain Emily Berzolla was instrumental in leading the No. 5 MIT women's soccer team to its third consecutive NEWMAC Tournament Championship this weekend. Berzolla scored two goals for the Engineers, and was named as the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive season after MIT’s 3-0 victory against WPI. MIT will take on Johnson & Wales at home in the first game of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 11:00am.

November 13, 2019
Elijah Miller, Rifle

In the Rifle team’s win over John Jay on Saturday senior Elijah Miller was seventh overall with 1,073 points. Miller’s score of 531in smallbore was a season-best. MIT would defeat John Jay 4,363-4,330, which is also a season-best for the team and their third straight win over John Jay this season.

November 6, 2019
Izzi Gengaro, Cross Country

Sophomore Izzi Gengaro helped the No. 3 ranked MIT women's cross country program earn its 13th straight NEWMAC Championship with a total of 19 points as the Engineers defeated runner-up Mount Holyoke by a 61-point margin. Gengaro was named NEWMAC Athlete of the Year after she earned her first individual league championship.

November 6, 2019
Andrew Mah, Cross Country

Sophomore Andrew Mah was named NEWMAC Athlete of the Year after winning the event in 25:22. That effort helped the No. 12 ranked MIT men's cross country program earn its 22nd straight NEWMAC Championship with a total of 18 points as the Engineers defeated runner-up WPI by a 27-point margin.

October 30, 2019
Landon Chu, Rifle

Junior Landon Chu was a standout for the MIT rifle team against John Jay. Chu was the top shooter with a total of 1,100 that included a score of 553 in air rifle and 547 in smallbore. Led by a 2,164-2,014 advantage in smallbore, MIT defeated John Jay by a 4,360-4,204 final on Saturday at the DuPont Rifle Range.

October 30, 2019
Devon Goetz, Field Hockey

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Devon Goetz tallied three goals and five assists for 11 points while contributing to a defense that allowed three goals. She posted one goal and two assists in a 5-2 come-from-behind win over Wellesley on Tuesday. With the Engineers trailing 2-1, Goetz set up the tying goal in the 23rd minute, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on a breakaway in the 38th minute, and earned an assist on an insurance goal in the 42nd minute. She followed this up on Saturday with two goals and a career-high three assists which resulted in a career-high seven points in an 8-1 victory over Clark.

October 23, 2019
Varsity 4, Women’s Lightweight Crew

On Sunday at the Head of the Charles, the MIT women's lightweight 4 finished second overall and just 12 seconds off the course record with a time of 18:06.346. Passing Riverside in a time of 4:10.853, the Engineers 4 boat passed the Weld Boathouse at 10:00.651 and CBC at 15:00.038 before finishing second overall just 8.425 seconds behind British Columbia and eight seconds in front of BU.

October 23, 2019
Collegiate 8+, Men’s Heavyweight Crew

The MIT men's heavyweight Collegiate 8+ captured first place at the Head of the Charles on Sunday, marking its fifth straight top-10 finish and the program's first victory in the event. MIT registered a time of 14.25.901, a comfortable 3.219 seconds ahead of runner-up Marist in a field of 38 teams, and 1.7 seconds off the course record.

October 16, 2019
Novice 8 Boat, Women’s Openweight Crew

For the second straight season, the MIT Novice 8 boat captured the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta on Saturday morning on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. The Engineers dominated the Novice 8 event as MIT crossed in 16:50.6 to win the event by two minutes and 40 seconds and improve upon last year's performance. Holy Cross was second as MIT also defeated WPI, Clark, New Hampshire, Middlebury, Vermont, Simmons and Johnson & Wales.

October 16, 2019
Ivan Jutamulia, Men’s Soccer

Senior Ivan Jutamulia scored both goals for the Engineers in Saturday’s match against Springfield, as MIT came back from a one goal deficit to defeat conference rival Springfield College, 2-1, in overtime on Jack Barry Field.

October 9, 2019
Maya Nielan, Women’s Soccer

Junior defender Maya Nielan led the No. 11 Engineers to two shutout wins this week to extend MIT's shutout streak to nine matches. MIT, which hasn't given up a goal in nearly 900 consecutive minutes thanks to the play of Nielan and the entire MIT back line, allowed just four shots to be taken by Worcester State (7-0 win) and two shots to be taken by Clark (2-0 win). Additionally, offensively Nielan added her first goal of the season and sixth of her career which came as a header off a corner kick on Tuesday against the Lancers. Through 12 matches this season, Nielan and the MIT defense leads the country in goals against average with a mark of 0.080 and with two wins this week the Engineers extended their unbeaten streak in regular season matches against NEWMAC opponents to 31 which dates back to 2016.

October 9, 2019
Coed Sailing

A week after the women's team qualified for its Showcase Finals, the coed team did the same thing as MIT posted a fifth place finish at Navy over the weekend in the Showcase qualifier. As a team, MIT coed sailing finished fifth overall at the Coed Showcase qualifier with 253 points. They won race number three and 14 and were in the top five on five occasions.

October 2, 2019
Paige Forester, Field Hockey

In a 1-1 week for MIT, first-year Paige Forester generated four goals for eight points. She recorded all four of the Engineers' goals, including the game-winner, during the second half of a 6-2 win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

October 2, 2019 
Andrew Griese, Football

In a road win at Catholic, senior Andrew Griese helped the Engineers hold a tremendous advantage in field position and get off to a fast start. After an early safety for MIT, Griese pinned the Cardinals at the two-yard line with his first punt as the Engineers notched a second safety. On the ensuing possession, Griese pinned the Cardinals at the seven-yard line, en route to four punts that ended up inside the 20-yard line. Overall, he averaged 37.7 yards per punt, with a long of 46 yards.

September 25, 2019
Madison Lee, Women’s Volleyball

In a 3-0 week for MIT, Madison Lee averaged 4.25 digs, 1.13 assists, and 0.25 aces while anchoring a defense that held opponents to a 0.076 hitting percentage. She collected a match-high 18 digs and earned four assists while limiting Springfield to a 0.183 hitting performance in a five-set win on Tuesday. Lee then led all players with 16 digs while notching five assists and two aces as Smith hit -0.046 in a sweep on Saturday. Later that day in a 3-0 win over Framingham State, she totaled five digs, five assists, and two aces as the Rams hit 0.000.

September 25, 2019
Pat Stefanou, Water Polo

Pat Stefanou guided MIT to its best start to a season since the 2003 campaign after the Engineers defeated Connecticut College and Penn State Behrend on Saturday. Stefanou registered a career-high five goals and added one steal in an 18-7 win over Conn College before he notched two assists and a pair of steals in an 18-8 win over Penn State Behrend.

September 18, 2019
Sarah Pertsemlidis and Libby Rickeman, Women’s Tennis

The No. 9 ranked MIT women's tennis team opened up the fall season over the weekend as the Engineers hosted the 2019 MIT Invitational from Friday-Sunday. In doubles, the team of junior Libby Rickeman and first-year Sarah Pertsemlidis advanced to the championship of the doubles draw. After an 8-4 win over Tufts in the first round, Rickeman and Pertsemlidis defeated Ivenitsky and Camille Smukler from Amherst by an 8-7 margin that included a 7-5 score in the tiebreaker. The duo advanced to the final with an 8-3 win on Saturday before falling to Jackie Bukzin and Claire Evans by an 8-4 margin on Sunday morning.

September 18, 2019
Will Seiple, Men’s Soccer

For the second time this season, the MIT men's soccer team played to a double overtime draw at home as the Engineers drew even with Roger Williams University, 1-1, in a non-conference battle on Roberts Field. In the 65th minute MIT first-year Will Seiple scored his first collegiate goal into the right side of the net, tying the match at 1-1 in a score that would carry through double overtime.

September 11, 2019
Emily Larson, Women’s Soccer

Sophomore Emily Larson led the MIT women’s soccer team to a 10-0 win over Bridgewater State on Saturday afternoon as she registered her first two collegiate goals in the victory. Her pair of goals helped the Engineers produce the second largest goal output in a single match in program history ranking just being the 12 that MIT scored back on October 10, 2002. Her two goals came on six total shots, five of which were on goal and now rank her second on the team for most goals this season.

September 11, 2019
Adam Zimmermann, Football

First-year Adam Zimmermann had a strong defensive performance in the Engineers opening game against Carnegie Mellon, recording 12 tackles in his collegiate debut to lead both teams.

September 4, 2019
Alexis Groark, Women’s Volleyball

In a 3-0 opening weekend which saw MIT sweep its way to the Gordon College Invitational title, senior Alexis Groark averaged 3.71 kills and a .468 hitting percentage in seven sets. She kicked things off by producing a match-high 11 kills while hitting .556 in two sets against SUNY Potsdam on Friday night. In a balanced attack against MCLA on Saturday, Groark was one of four players to post five kills while registering a .444 hitting performance. She wrapped up the weekend with a match-high 10 kills and a .400 hitting percentage against host Gordon.

September 4, 2019
Sebastian Simon, Men’s Soccer

With 11 seconds remaining in regulation, MIT sophomore Sebastian Simon scored the game-tying goal to send the season-opening contest for the Engineers into overtime. After 110-minutes of action, MIT and UMass Boston fought to a 2-2 double overtime draw in a non-conference contest on Friday evening in Cambridge.