Austin, Texas (May 17) – Six MIT student-athletes have been recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as they were all selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team on Thursday afternoon. All six will now appear on the national ballot for consideration for the Academic All-America At-Large Team, which will be voted on and released on Tuesday, June 18.
Men's tennis senior Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and men's swimming and diving junior Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) were the only repeat At-Large All-District selections this year, while senior Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) from the men's swimming and diving team, junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) from the field hockey team as well as senior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) and sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) from the women's swimming and diving team were all first-time honorees. Earlier this year, Goetz was placed on the softball Academic All-District Team.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (303) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska. CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar-athletes in the 1950's, has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her Sports Information Director. In the at-large category, student-athletes must compete in the following sports: women's beach volleyball, women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and wrestling.
Named to the 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, Edskes has a 3.76 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. 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.
Named to the 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, Barr has 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 was recently selected as an alternate in the NCAA Division III singles championship and along with Cauneac was one of 16 duos chosen to compete in the NCAA Division III doubles championship. Barr went 18-5 this year in singles play and 13-4 with Cauneac in doubles action. Barr, who served as a summer intern at the Susquehanna International Group last summer, will be beginning 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.
Goetz, an Academic All-District selection for both softball and field hockey this year, sports a 3.68 GPA as a double major in mechanical engineering and brain & cognitive sciences. This season, Goetz was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team in both sports and was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America Team. A two-time Scholar-Athlete and three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection, Goetz finished the softball season by breaking the single-season record for stolen bases (29) and tied the single-season record for home runs (4). During the field hockey season, the junior registered 16 goals and seven assists for 39 points, which ranked sixth in the conference. Off the field, Goetz is the Co-Director of the Step Ahead Program and a 2/C Midshipman for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at MIT.
McKenzie, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 GPA and captain of the men's swimming and diving team, is 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. a chemical engineering major with a 3.84 GPA, is a team captain for the women's swimming and diving team, 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.