Cambridge, Mass. (June 4) -- For the fourth consecutive year, MIT has captured the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's and Women's Presidents Cups, as announced by the conference office. This is the fifth time since the inaugural season in 2012-13 that MIT has swept both NEWMAC Presidents Cups and is the sixth time the men and women have individually won the award.
"I am very proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for another great year in the NEWMAC, which has proven annually to be one of the top Division III conferences in the country," said Julie Soriero, MIT Director of Athletics. "To be able to represent the NEWMAC is something that MIT takes great pride in and as a conference, our members do a great job performing on the regional and national level. With 12 NEWMAC Championships, three individual NCAA National Champions and 16 teams competing in NCAA Championship events, our teams at MIT have again had a great year representing the Institute and we are very pleased to receive this year's NEWMAC Presidents Cups."
In 2018-19, MIT picked up 12 NEWMAC Championships with 85 All-Americans and had 16 teams make NCAA appearances. In addition, the Engineers had three individual National Champions, four national runners-up, and four NCAA Elite 90 winners. Men's outdoor track and field finished a program-best second at the NCAA Championship, while women's cross country placed third and women's tennis advanced to the Elite Eight for the second straight season. In addition, both men's and women's swimming and diving earned sixth-place performances at nationals. The Engineers also had 22 Athletes of the Year, six Coaches of the Year and two Regional Coaches of the Year.
"The MIT Athletics program had another exceptional year, and I applaud everyone who made this achievement possible," said MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart. "Congratulations to the student-athletes, coaches, and staff for once again performing at such a high level in such a competitive setting. Earning both the NEWMAC men's and women's Presidents Cup for a fifth time overall is not something we take for granted. It's a true honor, and a victory that our teams fought hard for."
For the women's teams, basketball earned its second straight NEWMAC crown and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Women's tennis went undefeated in conference play for the seventh consecutive season, en route to the program's fourth straight conference tournament title. In the fall, cross country and soccer picked up conference championships, while women's swimming and diving won for the ninth straight time and women's track and field captured the program's 11th consecutive league crown.
On the men's side, MIT won NEWMAC Championships in baseball, cross country, football, swimming and diving, tennis and track and field. This marked the third NEWMAC Championship for baseball, while football earned its first and made the program's second all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. For both cross country and tennis, this marked their 21st straight championships, while track and field has won 19th consecutive and swimming and diving has picked up 11 in a row.