Westwood, Mass. (February 27) – After the men's swimming and diving team won its tenth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship and the women's swimming and diving team won its eighth consecutive league title, MIT was honored with three major awards from the conference office.
Sophomore Bouke Edskes (Rockville, Md.) was named as the NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Year, classmate Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.) was named as the NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Year and sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) was named as the Women's Diver of the Year. Edskes is the eighth men's student-athlete in program history to be named Swimmer of the Year, Solomon is the third men's diver in program history to earn the honor and Zhou is the fourth women's diver in program history to be named Diver of the Year.
Edskes set three meet records, swam 12 NCAA "B" cut times and won six of seven events he competed in at his second NEWMAC Championship meet. Individually, the sophomore broke the meet record and touched the wall first in the 400-IM with a time of 3:54.66. He also teamed up with the 400-medley relay team to break the meet record in 3:17.92 and during time trials broke the meet record with the 200-medley relay team as they clocked a time of 1:30.02. Edskes also won the 200-IM in 1:51.07, the 200-fly in 1:49.16, the 400-free relay in 3:00.18 and the 200-medley relay in 1:30.19. Additionally, the sophomore won the "B" final with the 800-free relay team in 6:45.03.
Solomon swept both boards and produced scores of 486.60 on the 1-meter board and then broke his own school record with 563.40 points on the 3-meter board. Zhou became the first diver other than Maura Sticco-Ivins from Wellesley to win a board since 2015 with a score of 486.85 on the 1-meter board and then came in second place on the 3-meter board with a score of 510.10. Zhou and Solomon will now compete at NCAA Division III Diving Regionals this weekend, which will be hosted at Middlebury College, for a shot to earn a spot at the National Championship later in March.