AUSTIN, Texas (June 6) – Four MIT student-athletes – two men and two women - have earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America At-Large Division III accolades. Women's swimming and diving senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) was placed on the First Team, women's fencing sophomore Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) and men's lacrosse senior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) were placed on the Second Team and men's swimming and diving junior Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) earned a spot on the third team.
Jedryka is the seventh women's swimming and diving student-athlete in program history to be named an Academic All-American, while Tomazin is the eighth member of the men's swimming and diving team and Stolzenberg is the ninth men's lacrosse student-athlete - the first since Matt Van Horne '02 -- to earn Academic All-America accolades.
Sakharova becomes just the third women's fencer in program history to be named as an Academic All-American. Previously, Caroline Purcell '02 earned the honor twice and Anne Huber '86 earned the award in 1984. This year marks the seventh time that a Division III women's fencer has ever received Academic All-America honors as MIT leads Division III with four women's fencing awards and is ahead of Brandeis University (2) and NYU (1).
Jedryka, co-captain of the women's swimming and diving team, became the most decorated individual swimmer in program history as she is now a 25-time All-American, which includes the seven honors she gained at nationals this year. Jedryka, who holds eight program records and ten NEWMAC records, led the women's swimming and diving team to its best finish in program history at the NCAA Championship (fifth) and to its seventh straight conference championship. In addition, she is a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection and two-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American. In four years at MIT, Jedryka has earned the Varsity Club Award and the Phillip A. Trussell Prize, been the Teen Program Coordinator for Camp Kesem, was the Co-Founder of Tech Twinkles and has been the Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The senior has also been a research and development intern at DEXCOM, Inc. in San Diego and a research assistant in the Sport Biomechanics Lab at Polytechnic University in Madrid, Spain. Jedryka will receive her degree in mechanical engineering come the first week of June.
Sakharova, a computer science and molecular biology major with a perfect GPA, was this year's fencing NCAA Elite 90 award winner, which was presented to her at the National Championship back in March. This season, Sakharova finished with an overall record of 59-17 - 23-2 in the Northeast Fencing Conference - and was the only Division III women's fencer at this year's NCAA National Championship, where she placed 24th in the epee competition. A two-time NEIFC Individual Champion and two-time All-Conference selection, Sakharova has completed research at the Biomedical Neuroscience Institute in Santiago, Chile, at the Picower Institute of Learning and Memory and in the Weiss Lab for Synthetic Biology all leading towards a dual degree when she graduates in two years.
Stolzenberg, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year and four-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree, is a finance major who recently closed his collegiate career as the program's all-time leader in assists (134) and points (268) and finished third in the record books in goals with 134. In addition, the senior became the first student-athlete at MIT to record 100 goals and 100 assists over his career and in 16 games this season Stolzenberg posted 39 goals and 37 assists for 76 points, which all ranked inside the top three in the NEWMAC. Off the field, Stolzenberg has interned with Deutsche Bank Investment, was an MHR Fund Private Equity Extern and was analyst intern at Sunridge Capital Regional Bank.
Tomazin, a computer science and engineers major, broke a pair of NEWMAC meet records, set three pool records, was a three-time NEWMAC champion and swam in four championship finals at nationals this season as a junior on the men's swimming and diving team. In three years with the program, Tomazin has gained eight All-America honors, swam to seven NEWMAC titles and has been a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection. The junior, who led MIT to its 12th NEWMAC Championship and to eighth place at the NCAA Championship, holds three NEWMAC records including in the 200 medley relay, the 400 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Out of the pool, Tomazin has been the Lead Android Developer at Circle Garage, a Test Engineering Intern at Spiceworks, been the Director of Swimming for Amphibious Achievement and has developed an iOS arcade game.
CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar-athletes in the 1950's, has honored more than 15,000 deserving athletes across all divisions in 12 sports. To be eligible for the at-large program, a student-athlete maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Sports eligible for the at-large program are Women's Beach Volleyball, Women's Bowling, Men's and Women's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Rifle, Women's Rowing, Men's and Women's Skiing, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Water Polo, Men's Wrestling.
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