Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 30) - The MIT men's and women's swimming and diving programs received Scholar All-America Team honors for academic excellence as the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced their selections on Tuesday morning. MIT was one of 461 schools to earn the award.
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart mentioned the efforts of head coach Meg Sisson French noting that "No team was unaffected by this Spring's pandemic, but Athletic Director Dr. G. Anthony Grant and President L. Rafael Reif should be proud of their team and the work of Coach Sisson French."
MIT was one of eight programs from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to earn Scholar All-America accolades this year and was one of six to earn the award for both its men's and women's programs. Babson College, Coast Guard, Springfield College, Wheaton College and WPI all earned the award for both its men's and women's teams this spring.
In 2020, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams won their 12th and 10th straight NEWMAC Championship titles, respectively, and combined to have 27 student-athletes qualify for the 2020 NCAA Division III National Championship meet. Sisson French became the first swimming and diving head coach in program history to sweep NEWMAC Swimming Coach of the Year accolades from the league office as she led MIT to a combined dual meet record of 17-3 with victories over nine nationally ranked teams.
Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.), Adam Janicki (Falls Church, Va.), Blake Zhou (Pallo Alto, Calif.) and Edenna Chen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) all took home major awards from the NEWMAC following the conference championship meet in February, while Edskes, Zhou, Sam Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.), Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) and Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) were all named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans this year.
In total, the MIT men's and women's swimming and diving teams broke a total of nine school records, 11 Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool records, 14 NEWMAC Championship meet records and seven NEWMAC open records.
The CSCAA plans on releasing individual Scholar All-America award winners next week.