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Varsity Athletes Named to NEWMAC Fall Academic All-Conference Teams


The 2005 NEWMAC Fall Academic All-Conference team was announced earlier this week. MIT reigned supreme, collecting a league-best 42 honors. Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2005 spring semester, achieved second year academic status at his or her institution, and been a member of a varsity team for the entire season. Springfield and WPI secured the second-highest number of honorees with 26 selections. Mount Holyoke also fared well, sponsoring 24 qualifiers.

After leading men’s cross country to its eighth consecutive NEWMAC Championship and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Regional Championships, Halston Taylor was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year.

The NEWMAC, the New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA), the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its end of the year awards earlier this week. MIT seniors Caroline D. Jordan ’06, Arlis A. Reynolds ’06 and Austin Zimmerman ’06 collected a total of 14 honors.

For the second year in a row, Jordan represented MIT on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and the AVCA All-Region Team. She received her first NEWVA All-New England First Team selection as well as CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second-Team honors.

Reynolds collected a slew of awards for the first time in her career. She was chosen to the NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team, NEWVA All-New England Honorable Mention, AVCA All-Region Team, and the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second-Team.

Zimmerman received her second consecutive NEWMAC All-Conference Second-Team selection, marking her fourth All-Conference award. Zimmerman is the first person at MIT to be recognized by the AVCA each season after being selected to the All-Region Team for the third time and was the Rookie of the Year. All three players were named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America.

For the third year in a row, Walter Song ’06 was selected to the NEWMAC Men’s Soccer All-Conference First Team. Finishing his career ranked third in assists (26) and eighth in points (54) at the Institute, Song was joined on the First Team by sophomore Ryan T. Sheffler ’07, who led the Engineers in scoring with 17 points. Chris R. Desrochers ’08 and Nitin Perumbeti ’09 earned spots on the second team.

The NEWMAC also announced its All-Conference teams for women’s soccer. Amy S. Ludlum ’08 earned Second Team honors after leading the team with eight goals and 16 points, including three game-winning scores. She accounted for 80 percent of Tech’s scoring during both her years with the team.

For the third consecutive year, Deanna M. Lentz ’06 was named to the NEWMAC Field Hockey All-Conference First Team. It was the fourth consecutive year that Lentz has earned All-Conference accolades. Also honored was forward Anna E. Ayuso ’07, who was named to the Second Team after leading the Engineers in scoring with a career-high 24 points.