June 16, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Praveen Pamidimukkala, senior Doria Holbrook and junior Julia Zimmerman earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades in the incredibly competitive at-large division to give the Engineers eight national plaudits for the 2007-08 academic year. Pamidimukkala was tabbed for the first honor in the history of the men's volleyball program while Holbrook collected her third straight award as a member of the women's swimming and diving team. Zimmerman was a repeat selection for the women's gymnastics team as well.
Pamidimukkala was MIT's lone representative on the men's at-large squad as he was voted to the Third Team. The only player in the program's history to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America accolades, he copped Second-Team plaudits during his sophomore and senior campaigns. A North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) All-Conference First-Team pick, Pamidimukkala was named the NECVA New England Division Player of the Year and received All-Division First-Team honors. The senior from Edison, N.J. closed his career as MIT's all-time leader in kills (1,949), aces in a season (48), career aces (151), and career solo blocks (69).
Holbrook was tabbed for First-Team honors, making her the third person in Institute history to earn three consecutive awards in a single sport. Previously a Second and Third-Team selection, she has captured three out of the four accolades for the women's swimming and diving team. Holbrook is a two-time national champion, an eight-time All-America recipient, and the winner of three NEWMAC Diver of the Year accolades. She established an NCAA open record in three-meter diving at the 2008 NEWMAC Championships and holds NEWMAC open and championship records in one and three-meter diving. The Yakima, Wash. native has collected five NEWMAC crowns and was the only Division III athlete to qualify for the 2008 U.S. National Spring Diving Championships.
Zimmerman, who hails from Chicago, Ill., made her second straight appearance on the First Team and was one of six athletes to have a perfect GPA. She recorded First-Team All-America performances on the beam, vault, floor, and all-around at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championship, which raised her career total to nine All-America accolades. A two-time national champion, Zimmerman holds Institute records in four out of five events.