People don’t generally think of MIT as an athletic powerhouse. What they don’t know is that in addition to 33 varsity sports, MIT has 35 club sports teams — and they’re really good. Last season, many club teams made it to the national championships in their sports, and individuals from each team excelled. Here are last season’s highlights from some of MIT’s club sports teams.
This past season, the Table Tennis team organized three open tournaments. Additionally, Alex C. Wang ’14 made earned a spot as a singles competitor in the National Championships.
The Women’s Rugby team won the Beantown Division III Tournament and attended the New England Wide Collegiate Rugby Conference Regional Championships. They fell to third-ranked Hartford University, but ended the season with the fewest points scored against them during the regular season.
The Cycling team was named USA Cycling’s Collegiate Club of the Year in 2012, and completed their 2012–2013 season by taking first place in both the Division II Track and Road National Championships.
The MIT Cheerleading squad took fourth place at the National Cheerleading Association championship in Daytona, Florida. This was the team’s first appearance at the national competition, commendable seeing as they only began learning routine choreography over IAP.
The Wrestling team sent six athletes to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division II National Championship in 2013. The team took first place at the event, and Ryan J. Madson ’13 was named an All-American for the fourth time. Madson also set the MIT record with 145 career wins.
The Sport Taekwondo team attended the National Collegiate Taekwondo Competition this past year and ended up winning second place overall and third in the black belt division. Michelle W. Chen ’14, Erika Lee ’13, and Hilary Monaco ’12 earned a gold medal in the female team triple while Andrew Mandelbaum G, Daniel Stallworth ’14, and Seth Matthew Weinberg G took the bronze medal in the men’s triple division. Additionally, the team finished second place in the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference behind Cornell University.