MIT COOP Student-Athlete of the Week

March 13, 2019
Kari Stromhaug, Track & Field

Competing this weekend at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, senior Kari Stromhaug was the highest individual finisher for the No. 10 Engineers with an All-American finish in the pole vault. Stromhaug finished fourth on Friday after coming into the meet as the ninth seed, ending by clearing 12 feet, 9.5 inches to tie her personal best. Her performance helped the women’s track and field team to an 11th place finish.

March 13, 2019
Yorai Shaoul, Track & Field

Sophomore Yorai Shaoul captured the national title in the triple jump this weekend at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Shaoul took control of the event with the first jump, hitting 49 feet, 11.25 inches and clearing 15-meters in three attempts. Shaoul ended up as the National Champion by almost nine inches, becoming the ninth MIT men’s indoor track and field athlete to win an individual national championship and the first for the team since 2005-06. His performance helped the No. 6 ranked MIT men's track and field team to a seventh place team finish at the meet.

March 6, 2019
Blake Zhou, Swimming & Diving

Blake Zhou highlighted a historic weekend for the MIT divers at the 2019 NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional hosted by MIT at the Zesiger Center this weekend. Zhou finished third (468.90 points) behind teammate Deborah Wen on the first day of competition before winning 3-meter on the final day with 527.10 points to earn an invite to the Division III NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro, NC. Zhou is one of six MIT divers who qualified for NCAA’s over the weekend, the most in MIT program history. They will join the 22 MIT swimmers who were already selected for the national championship that will be held March 20-23.

March 6, 2019
Robert Law, Fencing

First-year Robert Law had a successful weekend at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championship. Law won the foil title, becoming the first fencer to accomplish this feat since Ben Nield '12 in 2010, while helping the foil team finish second overall. That helped the MIT men’s fencing team capture their 25th New England title in program history and their first title since 2008.

February 27, 2019
Katie Collins, Track & Field

Sophomore Katie Collins had a pair of nationally ranked performances for the No. 6 women’s track & field team at this weekend’s 2019 New England Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship. Collins ran the No. 6 ranked time in the country in the 5,000m (16:53.81) and the No. 9 time in the 3,000 meters (9:49.66) to finish second and fourth, respectively.

February 27, 2019
Bouke Edskes, Swimming & Diving

Junior Bouke Edskes had a record breaking weekend at the 2019 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships, setting new meet records in the 100 fly (48.08) and 200 IM (1:48.94) while also setting a new national record in the 100 IM (49.67) in a time trial during the final session of the meet. In addition to the 200 IM and 100 fly, Edskes also won the 200 fly (1:48.72) and contributed key legs to the winning 200 medley, 400 medley, and 800 free relays. That helped the No. 5 Engineers to their eleventh consecutive NEWMAC Conference Championship.

February 20, 2019
Lara Rakocevic, Women’s Tennis

Junior captain Lara Rakocevic helped the No. 9 women’s tennis team to a 9-0 opening shutout of No. 29 Vassar, teaming up with sophomore Libby Rickeman to earn a 8-2 doubles win. Rakocevic also won her singles matches in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) against Vassar’s Melina Stavropoulos.

February 20, 2019
Keith Lamp, Squash

First-year Keith Lamp went 3-0 against Brown’s Blake Gilbert-Bono to help the Engineers to their first win over Brown since 1997-98 and the program’s first ever Summers Cup National Championship. Lamp and Gilbert-Bono traded the first two sets, but it was Lamp who came out on top 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 at position six to give the Engineers a 3-0 lead in the match.

February 13, 2019
Women’s Distance Medley Relay, Track & Field

Competing at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston on Saturday, the distance medley relay team of Margaret Trautner, Sarah Ishamuddin, Bailey Tregoning, and Marissa McPhillips  placed sixth of 12 in the first heat in 11:41.25 for No. 4 Women’s Track & Field. That time is the fastest in the country by nine seconds for this season, and gives the foursome the No. 5 all-time performance in MIT history.

February 13, 2019
Benton Wilson, Track & Field

Sophomore Benton Wilson had a standout performance at this weekend’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston. Wilson placed third in his heat of the 200, finishing 19th out of 203 runners as he tied his career-best of 21.82 seconds. That time is currently ranked 12th nationally.

February, 6, 2019
Anita Dey Barsukova, Women’s Fencing

Anita Dey Barsukova led the sabre squad with a 15-3 record at the Eric Sollee Invitational held this past Sunday. She defeated all three of her opponents from Hunter College, Yeshiva University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology while generating 2-1 ledgers versus NYU, Haverford College, and Stevens Institute of Technology. Dey Barsukova’s performance helped the Engineers’ sabre team amass a 40-14 total on the day.

February 6, 2019
William Wu, Squash

Sophomore William Wu went 3-1 this week at the MASC Round Robin for the No. 19 Engineers. He began the tournament with a five-set win over Andrew Braff of No. 10 Virginia (8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 15-17, 11-8). Then on Saturday topped Julian Jervis of No. 15 George Washington (11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6). He closed the weekend with a four-set win over Cory Litman of No. 25 Dickinson (10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-7) to up his record to 15-2 this season.

January 30, 2019
Jada Griffith, Rifle

Junior Jada Griffith helped the MIT rifle team pick up their fourth straight win of the season with a 2,161-2,092 home victory over Wentworth on Friday night. Griffith led all shooters with a score of 550, finishing well ahead of Wentworth’s Tom Castle (541) over six rounds. That moves the Engineers to 6-5 overall for the season.

January 30, 2019
Aaron Lu, Men’s Fencing

First-year Aaron Lu won 17 of his 18 sabre bouts during the MIT men's fencing team’s return to competition this weekend. Lu went 3-0 against Brown, University of Rhode Island, Tufts, Dartmouth, and Boston College, dropping just one bout against Vassar with a 2-1 record. Lu’s performance helped the Engineers power to a 5-1 overall record at Saturday's Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition at Brown University.

January 23, 2019
Taylor V'Dovec, Women’s Basketball

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Taylor V’Dovec averaged 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, and a .600 field-goal percentage while also becoming the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. She kicked things off by generating 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, one block, and one assist in a 68-39 win over Wellesley last Wednesday. V’Dovec followed this up with her first double-double of the season and her 1,000th point in a 76-59 win at Clark on Saturday as she tallied 16 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks.

January 23, 2019
Yorai Shaoul, Track & Field

Led by the top triple jump in the nation from sophomore Yorai Shaoul, the No. 4 ranked MIT men's indoor track and field team captured the Bowdoin Invitational II on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers captured 10 events on Saturday, with Shaoul sweeping the triple jump and long jump. In the triple, Shaoul posted a leap of 48 feet, 4.75 inches, which is the #1 ranked performance in the country. In the long jump, he finished with a jump of 23 feet, 2.75 inches. That mark currently ranks him 10th in the country.

January 16, 2019
Laura Rosado, Swimming & Diving

First-year Laura Rosado broke two pool records and won two events for No. 7 MIT as she led the Engineers to a 155-88 win over Coast Guard on Saturday. Rosado broke the 100-back pool record as the leadoff swimmer for the 400-medley relay team, helping the quartet win the opening event with a time of 4:03.78. Individually, Rosado won the 200-back by nearly 10 seconds in a pool record time of 2:07.50. The first-year finished her meet on the 400-free relay team, which finished second in 3:38.13.

January 16, 2019
Bouke Edskes, Swimming & Diving

MIT junior Bouke Edskes broke three pool records and won the three events he was entered into on Saturday to lift the No. 6 Engineers to a dominant 157-85 win over No. 16 Coast Guard on Saturday. Edskes opened the meet swimming the fly leg as part of the the 400 medley relay, which broke the pool record in the meet's first event with a time of 3:27.31. Individually, Edskes broke the pool records in the 500-free (4:42.64) and the 200-IM (1:54.48).

January 9, 2019
Dolly Yuan, Women’s Basketball

In MIT’s only game of the week, a 67-54 victory at Smith, Dolly Yuan held the NEWMAC’s leading scorer well below her season averages in all shooting categories on Saturday. A player who paces the NEWMAC in points per game (21.8) and averages 15.4 field-goal attempts per game (including 7.1 from three-point range), Yuan limited her to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting from the floor and a 1-of-3 performance from behind the arc. Yuan accomplished this while playing all 40 minutes and tallying a game-high 18 points, including an 8-of-8 performance at the free throw line, in addition to dishing out two assists.

January 9, 2019
Bradley Jomard, Men’s Basketball

In a 2-0 week for No. 7 men’s basketball, senior Bradley Jomard was a major contributor in both wins against NEWMAC opponents WPI and Coast Guard. Jomard was one of two Engineers to score more than 20 points against WPI, putting up 24 points, and had the second most points against Coast Guard with 19 to end with 43 for the week. Jomard also put up 8 rebounds and 4 assist over the two games.

December 19, 2018
Kylie Gallagher, Women’s Basketball

In MIT’s only game of the week, a 62-53 victory at Framingham State on Tuesday, sophomore Kylie Gallagher led all players in scoring (19 points), rebounds (nine), and blocks (three) while playing 24 minutes.

December 19, 2018
AJ Jurko, Men’s Basketball

In a 2-0 week for the Engineers senior AJ Jurko he averaged 20 points and 11 assists to help push men’s basketball to a 10-game winning streak. Jurko is among the national leaders for assists, currently tied for fourth across all athletes in Division III.

December 12, 2018
Christina Antonakakis, Women’s Basketball

In a 2-0 week for MIT, first-year Christina Antonakakis averaged 12 points on 56.3 shooting from the floor and 60.0 percent shooting from three-point range while dishing out 2.5 assists per game. Coming off the bench in a 74-57 win over NEWMAC foe WPI on Wednesday, she posted 12 points on a 4-of-6 performance from behind the arc and distributed three assists. Antonakakis followed this up with 12 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 1:09 left to play, and recorded two assists in a 72-69 win over Emmanuel on Saturday.

December 12, 2018
Bradley Jomard, Men’s Basketball

Senior Bradley Jomard helped the No. 8 men’s basketball team to a 3-0 week with wins over UMass Dartmouth, Salem State University, and Fitchburg State. Jomard led MIT in points against UMass Dartmouth (26 points) and Fitchburg State (23 points), and also led MIT with 9 assists against Salem State. Jomard ended the week with 66 points, 15 rebounds, and 23 assists for the week.

December 5, 2018
Hannah Mahaffey, Swimming & Diving

This week sophomore Hannah Mahaffey had strong performances both individually and in relays for the Engineers at the annual MIT Winter Invitational. Individually, Mahaffey won the 200 butterfly, posting a time of 2:04.57 in the morning before going on to win the event in finals with a 2:04.96. Both times were NCAA B cuts and under the invited time for NCAA's from last year, and her prelims time in the 200 butterfly has her ranked seventh nationally. Mahaffey also swam the butterfly leg on the winning 400 medley relay, which is also currently ranked seventh in Division III.

December 5, 2018
Robert Williamson, Squash

Sophomore Robert Williamson won the lone point for Squash against No. 2 Harvard on Friday evening. At position nine, Williamson defeated John Finley Ong 11-7, 11-7, 4-11, 12-14, 11-4. That was the first time since the 1993-94 season that the MIT Squash team has been able to win a point against Harvard.

November 28, 2018
Kara Holinski, Women’s Basketball

In MIT’s only game of the week, a 78-57 loss at nationally-ranked No. 2 Bowdoin on Sunday, Kara Holinski tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and two assists.

November 28, 2018
AJ Jurko, Men’s Basketball

Senior AJ Jurko helped the No. 5 MIT men’s basketball team to two wins while also reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career this week. Jurko led MIT with 7 assists in last Tuesday’s overtime win over Tufts. Jurko also led assists against MIT’s second win over Keene State on Saturday and became the 29th player in program history to surpass 1,000-points. Teammate Bradley Jomard is also in that group.

November 21, 2018
Deborah Wen, Swimming & Diving

Sophomore Deborah Wen led a 1-2-3 sweep on both 1-meter and 3-meter boards this weekend in MIT’s double dual meet with Bowdoin College and WPI. Wen won 1-meter with 261.29 points and 3-meter with 295.88 points, which both cleared the NCAA Regional Diving Qualifying Scores. Her score on 3-meter was also a Bowdoin pool record.

November 21, 2018
Landon Chu, Rifle

Sophomore Landon Chu helped the Engineers to a sweep of SUNY-Plattsburgh and Wentworth at home this weekend at home. Chu posted a season-best score of 556 in air rifle on Saturday, and led MIT in both air rifle (534) and smallbore (553) on Sunday. MIT finished the match with 4,299 points to move to a 5-5 record.

November 14, 2018
Leandra Zimmermann, Cross Country

At the NCAA Regional, Zimmermann was the top MIT finisher as she earned All-Region honors by placing sixth in a time of 21:42.65. The Engineers captured the program’s third straight and seventh overall regional championship and earned an automatic berth in next week’s NCAA National Championship.
November 14, 2018
Kevin Lyons, Football

In a 22-7 win over Springfield to clinch the NEWMAC Championship, Lyons had the biggest play of the game as he scored on a 74-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the third quarter. The touchdown put the game out of reach and was the longest fumble return in MIT football history.
November 7, 2018
Grace Moore, Field Hockey

In a 2-1 week for MIT, goalie Grace Moore amassed 40 saves, a .909 save percentage, and allowed four goals in helping the field hockey team advance to the NEWMAC Championship. She started things off on Tuesday by making eight saves in a 3-1 victory over WPI in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament. Moore followed this up with 19 saves as the Engineers defeated top-seeded and nationally-ranked No. 13 Babson, 2-1, in Thursday’s semifinal. She wrapped up the week with 13 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to Smith in the championship game on Saturday.

November 7, 2018
Keith Lamp, Squash

In his collegiate debut last week, freshman Keith Lamp dominated his opponents from Boston University and Babson College. In the opener against BU, Lamp defeated Zain Matiwala, 11-1, 11-2, 11-1 at position #3 and followed that up with an 11-1, 11-8, 11-1 victory over Pete Wachawarata from Babson at the #2 position.

November 1, 2018
Helen Sakharova, Women’s Fencing

For the second year in a row and third time in her career, MIT senior Helen Sakharova captured the epee Gold medal at the season-opening The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Sunday. Sakharova collected five epee wins before facing off against Ariel Cox of Mount Holyoke College in the final, where she won 15-6.

November 1, 2018
Jeremy Cowham, Men’s Soccer

MIT junior goalkeeper Jeremy Cowham led the Engineers to a 2-0 week and helped the Engineers secure a spot in the NEWMAC Tournament for the second straight season with a pair of shutouts. Cowham began the week with four saves in a 2-0 win over Worcester State and then in a must win game against Emerson on Saturday one save in a 3-0 win over the Lions on Senior Day. Now that the season is over, Cowham has broken the single season records for fewest goals allowed (5) and best goals against average (0.37) in program history. He also moved up to third all-time in career shutouts as he now has 15 through three seasons with the Engineers.

October 24, 2018
Hailey Nichols, Women's Soccer

MIT senior defender Hailey Nichols led the Engineers to a 2-0 week behind a 3-0 win against Babson and 3-1 win at Springfield. Nichols guided MIT to a shutout and held the Beavers to just three shots on goal at home on Tuesday. Additionally in the game against Babson, Nichols registered her second goal of the season which was an insurance goal in the 60th minute. Then, on Saturday at Springfield Nichols and the MIT defense held the Pride to five shots on goal to secure its 13th win of the season and its seventh straight NEWMAC Regular Season title.

October 24, 2018
Collegiate 8+ Boat, Men’s Heavyweight Crew

The MIT men's heavyweight Collegiate 8+ captured third place at the Head of the Charles on Sunday, marking its fourth straight top-10 finish and highest ranking in program history. MIT registered a time of 16:05.842, just .012 seconds behind runner-up Drexel, to finish third place in a field of 35 entries. The Engineers achieved this feat with a boat that was comprised of five freshmen, three sophomores, and one senior while battling cold temperatures and winds gusting to 30 miles per hour.

October 17, 2018
Izzi Gengaro, Women's Cross Country

Freshman Izzi Gengaro helped propel the No. 4 MIT women's cross country team to a second place finish this weekend at the UW-Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Invitational Pre-National Meet in Wisconsin. Gengaro ran 22.09.4 on the 6k course, averaging 5:56.5 per mile, which landed her as the top rookie and 10th overall at the meet.   

October 17, 2018
Clyde Huibregtse, Water Polo

Junior Clyde Huibregtse was a key player in MIT Water Polo's 3-0 week at the 2018 CWPA Division III Eastern Championships. Huibregste had 12 goals over three games last weekend, adding 1 assist for 13 points for the weekend to lead MIT in scoring. That included three goals against Johns Hopkins in the CWPA Championship final, giving MIT their ninth CWPA team title and their first since 2016. 

October 10, 2018
Taylor Grey, Field Hockey

In a 4-2 victory over Wheaton last Tuesday, Taylor Grey contributed to a defense that allowed seven shots, including five on goal, and conceded five penalty corners.

October 10, 2018
Billy Woltz, Men's Cross Country

Junior Billy Woltz had a standout performance for MIT at the 2018 NEICAAA Cross Country Championships this weekend. The junior was the second overall finisher from MIT, coming in 18th place as he crossed in 25:32.28. Wolta improved significantly from his performance at the 2017 Championships, where he was 34th and ran a 26:04.2.

October 3, 2018
Abby Bertics, Women’s Volleyball

In a 2-0 week for the nationally-ranked No. 22 women’s volleyball team, Abby Bertics totaled 29 kills, a .393 hitting percentage, 22 digs, and three aces. She kicked things off by amassing 26 kills, a .389 hitting performance, and 18 digs in a pivotal 3-1 win over Wheaton last Tuesday. Bertics then posted three kills on seven errorless hitting attempts, four digs, and two aces in one set of a sweep of Mount Holyoke on Friday.
October 3, 2018
Tyler Barr, Men’s Tennis

Senior Tyler Barr advanced to the quarterfinal round in the singles bracket to lead the MIT men's tennis team at the ITA New England Regional Championship Tournament over the weekend at Middlebury College. Barr, who was seeded seventh in the singles bracket, topped Ben Biswas of Tufts University by a 6-2, 6-4 score before he edged Adam Guo of host Middlebury College, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in the second round. The senior made it all the way to the quarterfinals after his 6-4, 6-3 win over ninth-seed Scott Altmeyer of Colby College. Barr was ultimately edged by second-seed Sean Wei of Amherst College, 6-1, 7-5, in the round of eight, but this weekend's run marks the furthest he has been able to make it in the ITA Tournament over his four year career individually.
September 27, 2018
Leandra Zimmermann, Women's Cross Country

Women’s cross country senior Leandra Zimmermann guided the No. 4 Engineers to their second straight Purple Valley Classic victory (67 points) by a margin of 14 points over No. 8 Williams College. As an individual, Zimmermann finished first for MIT and third overall in the field of 129 runners with a time of 22:38.70 as her performance on Saturday came against five nationally-ranked teams.
September 27, 2018
Ivan Jutamulia, Men's Soccer

Men’s soccer junior forward Ivan Jutamulia guided the Engineers to a 1-0-1 week with a pair of goals. On Wednesday against Wentworth, Jutamulia scored his third and fourth goals of the season in a 4-0 home win. Jutamulia continues to lead the men’s soccer team in scoring and ranks fourth in the conference overall.
September 19, 2018
Libby Rickeman, Women’s Tennis

At the annual fall Tufts Invitational sophomore Libby Rickeman was a standout for the Engineers. Rickeman was seeded No. 2 coming into the tournament, and advanced to semifinals with three straight set victories. In doubles, Rickeman and teammate Viktoriya Tabunshchyk advanced to the championship final before falling 8-6 in a tight match against Wesleyan.

September 19, 2018
Ben Boldt, Football

Senior Ben Boldt was a key defensive player in MIT’s 31-29 win over Endicott College to improve to 3-0 on the season. Boldt led the defense with eleven tackles, five solo stops, and one tackle for loss and one pass breakup.

September 12, 2018
Karenna Groff, Women’s Soccer

MIT freshman Karenna Groff scored three consecutive goals in a span of 51-seconds, the second fastest student-athlete to accomplish that in NCAA Division III women's soccer history, to lead the Engineers to their first win of 2018. The Engineers ultimately scores 7 unanswered goals against Worcester State.

September 12, 2018
Miller Geschke, Water Polo

Freshman Miller Geschke scored 3 goals and had 3 assists over the weekend to help the MIT Water Polo team to a 14-7 win over Connecticut College on the road. Miller teamed with teammate Kevin Downey to score back to back goals in the first quarter before also posting goals in the second and third quarters.

September 5, 2018
Devon Goetz, Field Hockey

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Devon Goetz tallied five goals and one assist for 11 points. She generated the first hat trick of her career in a 9-1 win over UMass Dartmouth on Friday. Goetz followed this up the next day by producing two goals and one assist in a 6-0 victory at Simmons.

September 5, 2018
Miguel Wagner, Football

In MIT Football’s 23-3 season opening win over Becker College, senior Miguel Wagner was a key contributor to the Engineers’ opening non-conference win. Wagner led the Engineers with 118 rushing yards, a career-high mark that included a 56-yard run.