AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large Female Athlete of the Year, becoming the first MIT female student-athlete and first swimmer to receive this honor. She was joined by classmate Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) on the first team while fellow senior Daryl Neubieser (Saratoga, Calif.) secured a spot on the second team. The selections increased the Engineers' total to 241 honors, helping them continue to be the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas in addition to ranking third across all NCAA divisions.
A repeat first-team pick, Guo is the sixth CoSIDA Academic All-American Athlete of the Year in Institute history and first since 2009. This past March she collected four All-America honors at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. A member of the 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay, and the 200 freesyle relay teams, Guo qualified as an individual for the first time in her career. She is a Rhodes finalist and Goldwater Scholar who received degrees in electrical engineering and computer science as well as bioengineering. Guo researched endometriosis in the Griffith Lab and conducted a SuperUROP in the Computational Physiology and Clinical Inference Group. In addition, she was the president of the Society of Women Engineers and served as both a tutor and executive team member of Eta Kappa Nu.
Wright is the only two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection for the rifle program as she was voted to the second team last year. She closed her season as one of the top overall shooters in the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC). Wright won the MAC smallbore and air rifle titles, helping her earn first-team All-MAC selections in both disciplines. She led the Engineers with a smallbore average of 572.1 out of 600 while her air rifle mark was 580.0. Majoring in biological engineering, she conducted research on computational methods to model metabolism of antibiotic resistant bacteria at MIT's Broad Institute in addition to serving as an undergraduate research fellow in Singapore working on anti-influenza antibodies.
Another member of MIT's swimming and diving team, Neubieser was tabbed for CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades for the first time in his career. At the 2016 NCAA Championship, he contributed to the second-place finish of the 400 freestyle relay team. Neubieser holds the MIT record in the 400 freestyle and broke the NEWMAC record in the same event this season. The recipient of a degree in computer science, he was a Distributed Systems Engineering and Software Engineering intern at Apple. In addition, Neubieser was also a math for computer science lab assistant at MIT.