June 15, 2011

Tech Lands Six on the Academic All-District At-Large Teams

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six MIT student-athletes were recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large teams, including a pair that also garnered national recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In addition to sophomore swimmer, Wyatt Ubellacker, and field hockey standout, Molly McShane, who landed on the Academic All-America squads, Keri Dixon, Beth Stavely, Tim Lee and Columbus Leonard earned regional recognition as part of District One. The At-Large category is traditionally the most competitive of the CoSIDA awards, as it encompasses the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.

Dixon, a teammate of McShane on the field hockey squad, received Academic All-District accolades for the second year in a row. The senior goalkeeper was a First Team pick in 2010 and 2011 before graduating from the Institute last week with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Stavely, who was a Second Team All-District selection, earned a pair of All-America honors on the diving board at this year’s NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship. The senior finished in eighth place on the 3-meter board and 15th in the 1-meter competition to help the Cardinal and Gray finish in 15th as a team, one of the program’s best showings at the national championship.

Lee was a Second Team honoree on the men’s side, following an outstanding season with the MIT men’s volleyball squad. The senior captain was named the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division Player of the Year and earned spots on the New England Division First Team and the NECVA All-Conference Second Team. He helped Tech to its seventh-straight 20-win campaign and led the team to its second New England Division crown.

Leonard joined Ubellacker on the men’s First Team All-District. Just a junior, Leonard has already established himself as one of the top goaltenders in MIT water polo history. An Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) honorable mention All-American in 2010, Leonard owns the Institute records for career saves with 623 and his 21 stops in a game against Queens College earlier this year is also a program best. This spring, Leonard traveled to Nicaragua where he developed a system for preserving orange juice in an airtight container to allow the townspeople to maximize their profits based on the market value of oranges.

As First Team selections, McShane and Ubellacker advanced to the national ballot and ultimately earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, the sixth and seventh MIT student-athletes to be recognized by CoSIDA this year and the 170th and 171st in Institute history. MIT is fourth all-time and first among Division III Institutions in this category.