Cambridge, Mass. (May 14) - Seniors Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) from the MIT softball team have been selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team. This marks Von Ahn's third straight selection to the Academic All-District team, while Goetz appeared on the team for the second consecutive year.
Both Goetz and Von Ahn will now appear on the national ballot for selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, which will be voted on by Sports Information Directors from across the country and be released on Tuesday, June 9.
Goetz, a double major in mechanical engineering and brain and cognitive science with a 3.76 GPA, is a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selection and three-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete. Goetz appeared in 124 career games, hit .337, scored 99 runs, posted eight home runs and tallied 61 RBI. She was also 58-for-60 in stolen base attempts. In the MIT records books, Goetz ranks second all-time in career home runs, career runs, career triples, career home runs, career walks and stolen bases. The third baseman is also third in career doubles, fourth in career hits and eighth in career RBI. Goetz, who also is a member of the MIT field hockey team, has combined to be a four-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference selection and a six-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree across both sports.
Off the field, Goetz has served as a mechanical engineering intern at Livanova, a student researcher at the Newman Laboratory, a summer intern at Diamond Kinetics, an extern at DRAPER Labs and an archaeology student researcher in Cyprus. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Step Ahead, a national organization that pairs student-athletes with children with autism, a student leader in the Gordan Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program and a 1/c Midshipman in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC).
Von Ahn, a mathematics and computer science major with a 3.92 GPA, is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, a three-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection. The senior has also been honored with NEWMAC All-Conference and NFCA All-Region accolades over her career. Von Ahn appeared in 120 career games, hit .318, posted three home runs and tallied 73 RBI. The outfielder and utility player also was a perfect 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts and registered an on base percentage of .354 to go along with a slugging percentage of .458. In the MIT record books, Von Ahn ranks fourth all-time in career RBI, fifth in career triples and sixth in both career hits and career doubles.
Off the field, Von Ahn has served as a data science intern at Facebook, as a research assistant with the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, as a software development intern at CDK Global and as a research intern in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.
In four years with the MIT softball team, Goetz and Von Ahn guided the Engineers to an overall record of 89-34-2, to its first NEWMAC tournament championship, to the NCAA Division III College World Series and to two appearances in the NCAA tournament. MIT also made three appearances in the NEWMAC tournament and reached the championship series twice.
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.
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