Austin, Texas. (May 6) – Junior Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team, marking her first selection and the sixth time in seven years MIT was represented on the list. She advances to the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and currently ranks second across all NCAA divisions with 339 honors.
The 2019 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, Antonakakis was selected to the 2020 NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and the 2020 D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Third Team. During the 2019-20 season, she broke the MIT records for made three-point field goals in a game (eight), made three-point field goals in a season (71), three-point field goal attempts in a season (176), and season free-throw percentage (87.3) while tying the record for points in a game with 33 versus Wellesley College and Babson College in the NEWMAC Tournament. Antonakakis led the NEWMAC in points (418), points per game (17.4), made three-point field goals, and three-point field goal percentage (40.3). She ranked second in the NEWMAC and 14th in the nation in free-throw percentage, third in minutes per game (35.5), fourth in made free throws (89) and assists (85), and sixth in minutes (851) and made field goals (129).
Majoring in business analytics and computer science, economics, and data science, Antonakakis qualified for the 2020 NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team. She is currently a business strategy and analytics intern for the Golden State Warriors where she is analyzing fan survey data to answer research questions, find insights, inform business strategies, and predict future responses. A recipient of the Women in Sports Tech Fellowship, she was a data analyst intern in the Sports Innovation Lab where she used natural language processing to gain insight as to how COVID-19 impacted media reporting on six major sports leagues throughout 2020. Within the MIT Sloan School of Management, Antonakakis was a research assistant to Dr. Namrata Kala in the Applied Economics Department and Dr. Daniel Greenwald in the Finance Department. In her work with Dr. Kala and a five-person team, she analyzed and predicted pollution levels in Delhi, India from 1999 to the present. With Dr. Greenwald, Antonakakis analyzed SEC debt contract filings from the past 26 years to obtain covenants they specify, trained a search algorithm to print Exhibits 10 and 99 of the document and record these guidelines, and contributed the findings to a working paper that showed interest coverage covenants can heighten interest rate transmission.
Antonakakis serves on the MIT Sloan Student Advisory Board, working with 20 students to provide direction for strengthening the undergraduate curriculum as well as giving feedback to advisors about office initiatives and organizing specific events for the Sloan community. In addition, she is a coach coordinator on the Little Beavers Running Team executive board.