Four Engineers Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Seniors Meghan Wright and Andrea Park, Juniors Kaitlyn Nealon and Rachel Dias Carlson
Seniors Meghan Wright and Andrea Park, Juniors Kaitlyn Nealon and Rachel Dias Carlson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) and Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.), and juniors Kaitlyn Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) were named to the Capital One Academic All-District women's soccer team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday night. They will represent MIT on the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month.

As MIT's starting goalkeeper, who has played every minute in net this season, Wright has compiled a record of 13-3-1, 0.69 goals against average, 0.826 save percentage and seven shutouts this season. Majoring in aerospace engineering with a concentration in history, she conducted research in MIT's Sports Innovation Lab with the cycling group, studying the aerodynamics of racing bike frames as well as working with athletes to decrease their overall drag by making technique fixes using the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel. This is the third time in the senior's career that she has been named to the CoSIDA All-District team.

Appearing and starting in all 17 games this season, Park has registered two goals and two assists to total six points. A materials science and engineering major, Park was a summer researcher at the MIT Biomaterial Science and Engineering Laboratory, where she tested the antioxidant levels of compounds derived from palm oils. She also studied tumor stem cell lineages at the University of California Irvine Center for the Computational Science of Misconstructure.

Nealon, who was a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District and Third Team All-Conference honoree last year, is appearing on the national ballot for the second time in her career at MIT. A pivotal part of the Engineers' defense, she has played in 14 games this season, of which she started all but one. Majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in biological engineering and a concentration in economics, Nealon held a position at Shire Pharmaceuticals where she was a Human Genetic Therapies intern working in Strategic Product Management during the summer of 2012.

Dias Carlson plays a large role in the MIT midfield, appearing in 16 games this season and starting 14 of them, earning one assist along the way. This is the second time that she has made it onto the national ballot, as she was a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District honoree in 2011. Majoring in mechanical engineering, Dias Carlson is conducting a UROP in the D-Lab and has received a Public Service Center Expedition Grant.

MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and ranks third across all NCAA divisions with 188 honors. The women's soccer team has received four awards since it became a varsity program in 1985.