In this commencement edition, we feature a sensational senior who has four individual national titles to her credit and has literally jumped higher than any female athlete in division III history. Cimran Virdi ’16 gives us a glimpse of what it takes to be an elite student-athlete at MIT.
Soriero spoke about how DAPER is always trying to provide the right environment for MIT student-athletes to thrive, how the coaches try to attract the best talent, the culture of appreciation or lack thereof of student-athletes’ achievements, what DAPER does to incentivize club and IM sports, and what it means to her to have been awarded the Athletics Director’s Award for the year 2014-15.
Megan McCandless ’20 has made a tremendous start to her career as a student-athlete at MIT. She led a group of five Engineers who swept the top five positions in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) cross country championship, earning her both the NEWMAC rookie and runner of the year accolades.
The MIT women’s soccer team closed out a record-breaking season with 1-0 loss to Middlebury College in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. The Engineers recorded a program-high 17 victories this season, scoring in all but the first and last games of the season. MIT finished runners-up in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament after tying for first place in the regular season.
Both the MIT men’s and women’s cross country teams won the New England Regional Championship at Westfield State University on Saturday, earning automatic bids to the Division III Cross Country Championships this Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
The MIT Swim and Dive Men’s and Women’s teams finished eighth and fifth respectively at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championships held in Shenandoah, Texas last week, with the women’s team finishing in the highest place ever in program history.