Norfolk, Va. (June 27) – The MIT men's and women's swimming and diving teams received both Scholar All-America Team and individual honors for academic excellence during the 2018 spring semester, as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Wednesday afternoon.
The CSCAA honors college and university swimming and diving teams who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Both the MIT men's and women's teams have appeared on this list every season since the 2003-04 campaign. Not only have the Engineers appeared on the list for the past 16 seasons, MIT was one of two Division III schools to have their men and women finish inside the top-10 in both team GPA and at the NCAA Division III Championship. Across all three divisions, MIT and Pomona Pitzer made up two of six schools to accomplish this feat.
The MIT men and women sported cumulative GPA's which ranked sixth across all NCAA Division III men's and women's programs this spring. The women combined for a GPA of 3.72, which ranked behind Transylvania, Conn College, Macalester, St. Joseph's (LI) and St. Catherine's, while the men combined for a GPA of 3.53, which ranked behind Caltech, Swarthmore, Babson, Pomona-Pitzer and Rochester. In total, 710 teams representing 476 institutions from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2018 spring semester.
In addition to the team awards, 16 men and 14 women were named CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans or Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans. With 13 men and 12 women earning First Team honors, the Engineers ranked first in Division III and second across all 181 programs eligible (NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA) with 25 first teamers, which ranked only behind Division I Stanford which registered 27 honorees in 2018.
Senior Joshua Tomazin (Austin, Texas) was the only student-athlete on the men's team to earn his fourth selection to the Scholar All-America/Honorable Mention Scholar All-America teams this year, while senior Dane Erickson (Naples, Fla.) and juniors Luke Eure (Davenport, Iowa) and Brandon McKenzie (Brigantine, N.J.) earned their third Scholar All-America awards. The women were led by senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), who earned her fourth consecutive Scholar All-America honor, while senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) and juniors Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) and Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) were named to the Scholar All-America teams for the third time in their careers.
Among all Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA programs across the country, the CSCAA selected 1,069 First-Team Scholar All-Americans and 1,137 Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans in 2018. In order the be a Scholar All-American, a student-athlete must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, while to be named an Honorable Mention Scholar All-American, student-athletes must have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at a diving regional qualifying meet.
Men's Scholar All-America
Jeremy Bogle – First Career Selection
Justin Chiu – Second Career Selection
Peter Crocker – Second Career Selection
Bouke Edskes – Second Career Selection
Dane Erickson – Third Career Selection
Josh Graves – First Career Selection
Brandon McKenzie – Third Career Selection
David Morejon – Second Career Selection
Gabe Schneider – Second Career Selection
Samuel Solomon – Second Career Selection
Connor Sweeney – First Career Selection
Joshua Tomazin – Fourth Career Selection
Sam Ubellacker – First Career Selection
Men's Honorable Mention
Women's Scholar All-America
Kailey Allen – First Career Selection
Jessica Chen – Fourth Career Selection
Kayla Holman – First Career Selection
Sara Nicholas – First Career Selection
Dolly Payne – Third Career Selection
Ashley Pearson – First Career Selection
Lilia Staszel – Second Career Selection
Mary Thielking – Third Career Selection
Deborah Wen – First Career Selection
Nanette Wu – Second Career Selection
Priscilla Wu – Second Career Selection
Blake Zhou – First Career Selection
Women's Honorable Mention