Austin, Texas (June 19) - Five student-athletes - three men and two women - have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large teams this spring as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its selections this afternoon. With five honorees this year from the At-Large category, MIT was tied for first in all of Division III with Denison University and was one of three institutions from across the country to have at least four student-athletes selected for the award.
Men's swimming and diving junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.), teammate and senior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) as well as women's swimming and diving sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) were all placed on the First Team, while men's tennis senior Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and women's swimming and diving senior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) were placed on the Second Team. Edskes and Barr are now two-time honorees, while McKenzie, Wen and Matranga all appeared on the list for the first time in their respective careers in 2019.
Edskes and McKenzie are the 11th and 12th student-athletes from the men's swimming and diving program to be named Academic All-Americans, while Wen and Matranga are the ninth and tenth student-athletes from the women's swimming and diving team to earn the prestigious honor. Barr is the seventh men's tennis student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American and just the second in program history to earn the honor twice.
With five At-Large Academic All-America award recipients this spring, the Engineers have produced 15 Academic All-Americans this year (one men's soccer, three women's soccer, two football, one volleyball, one men's basketball, one baseball, one softball and five at-large). Since the start of the CoSIDA program in 1952, MIT has totaled 310 all-time Academic All-Americans which ranks first among all Division III schools and second across all three divisions just behind the University of Nebraska which has earned 333 honors.
Edskes is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.76 GPA. He is a 17-time NCAA All-American, a three-time national runner-up, an 18-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Champion and a two-time NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year. A two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection and two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, Edskes holds five NEWMAC records and eight program records. At the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship, the junior finished as the runner-up in the 100-fly, fourth in the 200-fly, fifth in both the 200-IM and the 200-medley relay, sixth in the 400-free relay, seventh in the 800-free relay and 11th in the 400-medley relay. A month earlier at the NEWMAC Championship, Edskes set the NCAA Division III national record in the 100-IM. Out of the pool, Edskes is a member of the MIT Formula Student Driverless Team and has been a student researcher at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and in the MIT Aerospace Controls Lab.
McKenzie is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 GPA. One of three captains of the men's swimming and diving team, the senior wrapped up his career as a 12-time NCAA All-American, a 10-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection, five-time NEWMAC Champion, three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree. He holds four program records and one NEWMAC record and has been honored as a NEWMAC Athlete of the Week 11 times over his career. Out of the pool, McKenzie has been a Leadership Development Program Analyst at Johnson & Johnson and a Pharmaceutical Tech Operations Intern at Genentech, Inc. He has also served as the Community Service Chair for the Theta Tau fraternity and is a member of the Phi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society.
Wen, a physics major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, is a four-time NCAA All-American and was the National Runner-Up on the 1-meter board at this year's NCAA Championship. The 2019 NEWMAC Women's Diver of the Year is also a two-time NCAA Northeast-North Diving Regional Champion and a two-time NEWMAC Champion. Wen has been selected to both the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team and the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team since joining the Engineers diving program. Out of the pool, Wen has researched binding affinity and anti-virulence of bacteria in the chemistry department and has served as a TA for the physics department. The sophomore is the President of Challah for Hunger, a teacher and program manager for the MIT China Educational Technology Initiative and a Resident Peer Mentor for the Division of Student Life at MIT.
Matranga earned her degree in chemical engineering major with a 3.84 GPA and served as a team captain for the women's swimming and diving team this season. The senior closed her career as a six-time NCAA All-American, a three-time NCAA Diving Regional qualifier, a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection. She registered her best finish at the NCAA Championship this past season when she took fourth place on the 3-meter board with a score of 473.65 points. Out of the pool, Matranga has served as a Life Sciences Intern at Navigant Consulting, a Production Engineering Intern at Shell Oil Company and has completed research at the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. She has also been the President of Baker House Student Government, the Internal Membership Chair of the Society of Women Engineers and is currently a Board Member for the MIT Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Barr closed his collegiate career with a 3.76 GPA as a mathematics with computer science major. He has been a four-year member and two-time captain for the men's tennis program and led the Engineers as their everyday No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles player alongside classmate Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.). Barr and Cauneac ended their college tennis careers at the NCAA Division III doubles championship. As a senior, Barr went 18-5 in singles play and 13-5 with Cauneac in doubles action. Barr, who served as a summer intern at the Susquehanna International Group last summer, will begin a job there as a quantitative trader in July. He has also served as a tennis coach at the Wembley Club, as a math and science tutor and as a cardiology researcher at the Cleveland Clinic.