CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT softball seniors Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, Ill.) and Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.) were named to the Capital One Academic All-District as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon. With their selection to the first team, the two Engineers will now be placed on the national ballot and will be eligible for selection to the Capital One Academic All-America team, to be announced later this month.
This season, the senior captains helped lead the Engineers to their first post-season appearance in the history of the MIT softball program. With a record of 19-13 so far, the Cardinal and Gray tied the Institute record for most wins in a season. The last time MIT won this many games was back in 1984.
So far this season, Christensen has played in 31 of the 32 games and has hit .315 with 17 runs in 92 at-bats and has a fielding percentage of .928. She is currently ranked second on the team in runs and holds the MIT record for most games played in a career with 110, starting all but one in her four years on the field. A two-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference honoree, Christensen carries a 4.8 GPA in mechanical engineering. Off the field, she is co-president of Network of Sloan Undergraduate Women and a freshmen leadership program counselor.
Alpert is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, after having been named to the first team last year. Before her, the last softball player to be nominated was Leah Bogstead in 2008. This season, Alpert is one of a small handful of Engineers who have played and started all 32 games. She has hit .344 with 14 runs in 93 at-bats and has a fielding percentage of .949. A two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree, Alpert carries a 5.0 GPA with a degree in computer science and engineering. She has held internships with Google, Raplead and Khan Academy, the last of which will turn into a full-time position upon graduation. She is also a member of the intramurals executive committee and a chair of Athleague.
Christensen and Alpert joined Wellesley College's Lauren Goldfarb as the only athletes from the NEWMAC represented on the All-District team.
MIT will return to Springfield College for the second weekend in a row this Saturday, May 4 for game six of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) against Wheaton College at 12:00 p.m.