June 14, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Julia Zimmerman, junior Doria Holbrook and senior Joanna MacKay earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades in the incredibly competitive at-large division to give the Engineers seven national honors for the 2006-07 academic year. Released on Thursday morning, all three of MIT's nominations in the women's division earned national honors for the first time since MIT began participating in the program in 1980.
With the recent selection of tennis standout Tom Dohlman to the men's at-large teams, the Engineers closed the campaign with its highest single-year total since setting an Institute record with 11 national honors in 1999. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-America's with 135 selections.
Zimmerman was the only student-athlete from the New England region named to the First Team after completing the most decorated season in MIT gymnastics lore. The sophomore from Chicago, Ill., was the 2007 NCGA National All-Around Champion as well as the NCAA Division III Northeast Region Gymnast of the Year. Also delivering a national title on the beam and a First Team All-America performance in the floor exercise, Zimmerman became the first MIT athlete and just the fifth Division III gymnast to ever qualify for the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Championships where she finished 11th overall in the all-around competition. Zimmerman, who maintains a 5.0 grade point average in mechanical engineering, set school records this past season in the all-around, vault, beam and floor while becoming the first MIT gymnast to be named ECAC Gymnast of the Year.
Holbrook copped her second Academic All-America honor in as many tries as the highest vote-getter on the Second Team. Holbrook is a two-time NCAA Division III three-meter diving national champion, while the junior from Yakima, Wash., has totaled six All-America honors in her three-year career. In addition to winning her second NCAA crown, Holbrook shattered Institute and NEWMAC records in both the one and three-meter diving events at the 2007 conference finals en route to her second honor as NEWMAC Diver of the Year.
MacKay became the fifth MIT women's tennis player and the first since Valerie Tan in 1994 to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors after being selected for inclusion on the Third Team. The senior recently graduated with a degree in chemical and biological engineering while completing her undergraduate studies with a 5.0 GPA. MacKay was a five-time NEWMAC All-Conference performer.
Other MIT student-athletes receiving Academic All-America plaudits this past year included: junior Chris Ruggiero (football); senior Sharon Prange (basketball); and senior Ryan Sheffler (soccer).
CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America
College Division All-Time Leaders
1. MIT - 135
2. Augustana (Ill.) - 117
3. Illinois Wesleyan - 102
4. Emory - 99
5. Nebraska Wesleyan - 97