Westwood, Mass. (February 26) – After the men's swimming and diving team won its 11th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship and the women's swimming and diving program won its ninth consecutive league title over the weekend at WPI, MIT was honored with four major awards from the conference office.
First-year Jordan Ren (Chapel Hill, N.C.) was named as the NEWMAC Men's Rookie of the Year, classmate Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.) was named as the NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Year, first-year Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.) was named as the NEWMAC Women's Rookie of the Year and sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) was named as the NEWMAC Women's Diver of the Year. In addition to the major awards, seniors Josh Graves (Tustin, Calif.) and Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) were named to the 2019 NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
On the men's side, Ren became the fifth student-athlete overall and third in the last five seasons to win the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year award for the Engineers, while Lang's award marks the first of his career and fourth straight for MIT. Rosado is the sixth Women's Rookie of the Year in program history and fourth in the last five seasons, while Wen is the third student-athlete in program history to be named Women's Diver of the Year after Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) took home the award last season.
Ren registered five NCAA 'B' cut times, won the league title in two events and earned Second Team All-Conference honors in two others. Individually, the first-year claimed the gold medal in the 400-IM in 3:58.14 and teamed up with the 800-free relay to win the championship in a time of 6:41.45, which ranks sixth in the country. Ren earned Second Team All-Conference accolades in the 200-breast (2:03.32) and the 200-IM (1:50.95) and also won the consolation finals with both the 200-medley relay squad (1:31.65) and the 400-medley relay team (3:20.68).
Rosado claimed gold medals and registered NCAA 'B' cut times in three events including the 100-back (56.64), the 200-back (2:00.99) and the 400-free relay (3:28.08). The first-year also finished third with the 800-free relay team in a time of 7:40.30, fifth in the 400-IM in 4:33.89 and first in the consolation finals in both the 200-medley relay (1:48.75) and the 400-medley relay (3:53.18).
Wen swept both boards with NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional qualifying scores as she posted a score of 520.65 on the 1-meter board and a score of 525.05 on the 3-meter board, while Lang took gold on the 3-meter board with a qualifying score of 567.95 and Second Team All-Conference honors on the 1-meter board with a qualifying score of 534.40. Wen and Lang will now compete at NCAA Division III Diving Regionals this weekend, which will be hosted at MIT, for a shot to earn a spot at the National Championship later in March.