Parts of this release are courtesy of MIT and WPI Sports Information.
AUSTIN, Texas - The New England Women's and Men's Athletics Conference (NEWMAC) saw a total of one men's tennis and three men's swimming and diving student-athletes garner Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large honors this week. WPI's Jack Bauer, MIT's Bouke Edskes and Sam Solomon took home First Team accolades while MIT's Tyler Barr was honored on Second Team. Bauer earned his second career Academic All-America award while Solomon, Edskes and Barr received honors for the first time in their career.
Jack Bauer, WPI
Bauer, a third teamer a year ago, is the only WPI swimmer or diver to be lauded more than once. The chemistry and chemical engineering double major is also a three-time department award winner and a repeat NEWMAC All-Academic honoree. He recently returned from Australia where he completed his IQP titled, "Promoting Sustainable Homes: Expanding Sustainability Outreach." In the pool, he qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships with the third-ranked 100-yard backstroke and sixth-ranked 200-yard backstroke times. The performances also yielded a pair of NEWMAC titles and two school records. In addition to the 100 and 200 backs, Bauer is on the wall in the 50-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, and as a member of both medley relays.
Bouke Edskes, MIT
Edskes, a two-time NCAA National Runner-Up as a mechanical engineering major with a 3.84 GPA, is a 10-time All-American, a 13-time NEWMAC Champion and has been named twice as the NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Year and once as the NEWMAC Men's Swimming and Diving Rookie of the Year. In just two years with the Engineers, he has set eight NEWMAC records and five program records en route to guiding MIT to its ninth straight top-10 NCAA finish and to its 13th NEWMAC conference title. Out of the pool, the sophomore is a student researcher in the MIT Aerospace Controls Lab and is a competitor for MIT RACECAR.
Sam Solomon, MIT
Solomon, a chemical and biological engineering major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, is a four-time NCAA Diving All-American, a four-time NEWMAC Diving Champion and two-time NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Year. This season, Solomon swept both boards at the NEWMAC Championship and at the NCAA Division III National Championship placed 10th on the 3-meter board and 12th on the 1-meter board and over the past two seasons has broken the MIT program records on both boards with scores of 534.00 (1-meter) and 563.40 (3-meter). Out of the pool, Solomon is an undergraduate researcher with the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET): Living Machine Thread and has done research in the Plasma Science and Fusion Center as well as the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. In addition to his research, Solomon is the Secretary of MIT's Marine Robotics Team and has done community service fundraising for AEPi's Gift of Life philanthropy project, as well as at the Boston Medical Center with the Parent Leadership in Autism Network (PLAN) program.
Tyler Barr, MIT
Barr, who sports a 3.76 GPA and who is completing his undergraduate degree in mathematics with computer science, led the Engineers to the NCAA Tournament once again as their No. 1 singles player. The junior, who earned All-America honors in the 2017 Singles Championship Tournament a year ago, posted a record of 12-7 in singles play including a 10-4 record at No. 1 and a mark of 17-7 in doubles action this season. Barr has accepted a summer internship at Susquehanna International Group and has previously served as a Cardiology Researcher at the Cleveland Clinic and as an Undergraduate Researcher at Sloan School of Management testing computation times of different optimization software such as Gurobi and CBC by writing different formulations of solving for the minimum number of gates Logan Airport needs in order to avoid planes needing to wait on the runway.