Louisville, Ky. (October 11) – Led by a program record ten student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher during the 2016-17 academic year, the MIT softball team was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for their academic excellence in the classroom.
As a team, the Engineers posted a cumulative GPA of 3.501, which ranked 28th in the country and third in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) only behind Springfield (14th – 3.563) and Smith College (23rd – 3.52).
Additionally, the MIT softball team had a program record ten individual student-athletes earn NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition. Recent graduates Monica Shifflet '17 (Poway, Calif.) and Ali Trueworthy (Rochester, N.H.) alongside current student-athletes Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.), Alex Hanselman (Naperville, Ill.), Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.), Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska), Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.), Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.), Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) and Lisa Zhu (Columbus, Ohio) all received All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades.
The record ten student-athletes for the Engineers ranked second in the NEWMAC and fifth in New England as only Johnson and Wales (15), Springfield College (14), Lasell College (13), Amherst College (12) and Suffolk University (12) had more than ten. Ten tied MIT with UMass Dartmouth and Smith College for the spot.
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