Westwood, Mass. (February 28) – For the first time since the 2007-08 season and for the third time in his career, MIT's Brad Snodgrass has been named as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Diving Coach of the Year. Previously, Snodgrass was named as the Women's Diving Coach of the Year in 2004-05 and as the Men's Diving Coach of the Year in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Under the guidance of Snodgrass, senior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.), senior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.), junior Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) and sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) all qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional which will be held at MIT beginning tomorrow afternoon. On the men's side, Snodgrass also has four men competing in this weekend's regional in seniors Jeremy Sands (Skokie, Ill.), junior Samuel Solomon (Rockville, Md.), sophomore Maxwell Halkenhauser (Denville, N.J.) and first-year Jay Lang (South Lyon, Mich.) for a total of eight student-athletes representing the Engineers for a chance to attend the NCAA National Championship later in March.
At the NEWMAC Championship, Wen was named as the NEWMAC Women's Diver of the Year as she took home gold medals on both boards finishing with a 1-meter score of 500.65 and a 3-meter score of 525.05, Zhou earned Second Team All-Conference honors in both disciplines with scores of 444.70 (1-meter) and 510.50 (3-meter), Payne claimed fourth place on the 1-meter board and fifth on the 3-meter board and Matranga finished third on the 3-meter board and fifth on the 1-meter board.
The NCAA Division III Northeast-North Diving Regional gets underway on Friday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, March 2 at 12:00 p.m. from MIT. For more information click here: 2019 Northeast-North Diving Regional Homepage.