BOSTON, Mass. – For a second straight year, MIT has been awarded the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Presidents Cup the league announced today at its annual meetings. The Engineers won six men’s championships over the past academic year, as well as capturing a pair of regular season titles. MIT won the inaugural Men’s and Women’s Presidents Cups last year.
“This is a wonderful achievement for the men’s athletic program at MIT,” said MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart. “It is a testament to the tremendous commitment of MIT coaches and students, and a reflection of the deep talent of our student-athletes.”
MIT started its success last fall as the men’s cross country team won its 16th consecutive conference title and the men’s soccer team claimed the NEWMAC regular season title, with both teams moving on to NCAA post-season competition.
In the winter the MIT men’s basketball team won its fourth NEWMAC title in the last six years with the men’s swimming and diving team winning its sixth straight conference championship. Moving on to post-season competition the swimming and diving team placed fifth at the National Championships while the men’s basketball team played in the NCAA Tournament for a sixth straight year.
A successful spring season saw the men’s tennis team win its 16th consecutive NEWMAC title, with the men’s track and field team claiming their 14th straight crown. Adding their names to the conference champions list for the first time was the baseball squad, which went on to win three games in NCAA New England Regional play. The men’s tennis team reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament, while the track and field squad tied for 33rd at nationals.
MIT Director of Athletics, Julie Soriero, was pleased to receive Presidents Cup accolades once again, saying, “We are proud to retain the Presidents cup for a second consecutive year in our men’s programs. This honor reflects the hard work and tireless effort of our coaches and student-athletes as they pursue success in their athletic endeavors.”
The Presidents Cup is an all-sports award given to the top overall men's and women's programs in the conference and is determined using a weighted points system based on the order of finish during both regular season and championship play.