MIT Places Three on Women’s Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team

Seniors Michelle Teplensky, Maddy Wharton, and Erin Meyer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Erin Meyer (Austin, Texas), Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) and Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District at-large team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. The trio will represent the Engineers on the national ballot and will be in contention for Academic All-America honors to be revealed in June.

Sports eligible for the at-large program are: women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, 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, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and wrestling.

Meyer has been a starting member of MIT's Division I varsity 8 openweight crew team all four seasons of her career. A two-time All-Patriot League selection, she was also a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2013 and has twice been named to the Academic All-Patriot League team. A two-time CRCA Scholar Athlete, Meyer completed internships with The Boeing Company and the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center. A senior mechanical engineering major with a 5.0 GPA, she was finalist in MIT's 2.007 Robotics Design Competition.

Starting in the midfield for MIT's field hockey team, Teplensky tallied 17 goals, including three-game winners, and five assists for 39 points. A NEWMAC All-Conference first-team selection, she ranked fifth in the league in goals and points. Teplensky secured a spot on the NFHCA New England East Region first team while collecting academic accolades from the NEWMAC and the NFHCA. A chemical-biological engineering major, she received a Gates Scholarship for post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and is the president of the MIT American Institute of Chemical Engineering. Teplensky's research includes developing new materials for medicine that support the delivery of drugs; expanding and optimizing the biosynthetic capacity of microbial systems; and obtaining reactive oxidative species which aid in the destruction of hazardous cells to advance cancer research.

As a starting defender for the field hockey team, Wharton anchored a defense that posted six shutouts and a 1.66 goals against average this season. Her scoring performance of four goals, seven assists, and 15 points ranked third on the team as she earned her second straight NEWMAC All-Conference first-team honor. An NFHCA New England East Region first-team pick, Wharton was also tabbed for ECAC New England All-Star first-team plaudits. She was selected to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team, the NFHCA National Academic Squad, and qualified as a NFHCA Scholar of Distinction. Majoring in biological engineering, Wharton was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and was a lab assistant for the MIT Department of Computer Science. She was a research assistant in the Brain Behavior Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania and completed an internship with Credit Suisse as a sales and trading analyst.