Parts of this release are courtesy of MIT Sport Information.
AUSTIN, Texas - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) saw two MIT student-athletes earn Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large honors last week. Jessica Chen of the swimming and diving team earned First Team honors while Elysa Kohrs of women's tennis took home Second Team accolades. Both Chen and Kohrs received these honors for the first time in their careers.
Jessica Chen, MIT
Chen, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.76 GPA and a captain of the women's swimming and diving team, is a 16-time NCAA All-American and a 16-time NEWMAC Champion as well as a 20-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection. A two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree and two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, Chen holds eight NEWMAC records and six program records. At the NCAA Division III National Championship this winter, Chen finished fifth in the 100-breast, seventh in the 200-medley relay and the 200-free relay, eighth in the 400-medley relay, ninth in the 200-breast and 12th in the 400-free relay. Out of the pool, Chen is the Co-Director and Treasurer for Camp Kesem and is the Internal Mentorship Chair for the Society of Women Engineers. With a concentration in biomedical engineering, Chen has also served as an intern in the Boehm Lab at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Elysa Kohrs, MIT
Kohrs, who was recently named as a 2018 NCAA Singles and Doubles All-American and was selected as the speaker at the National Championship banquet in Claremont, California a couple of weeks ago, made it all the way to the National Quarterfinals in the singles bracket and aided the Engineers to their first appearance in the Elite Eight since the 2014-15 season. The senior was named as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year for the third time in her career and boats a 3.84 GPA as a computer science major. This spring, Kohrs was a First Team All-Conference honoree and guided MIT to its third consecutive NEWMAC Championship. At No. 1 singles, she went 16-2 this season to go along with a 19-4 record at No. 1 doubles. In addition, Kohrs capped her career ranked No. 7 in the ITA National Singles rankings and as the No. 5 singles player in New England, as well as the No. 8 doubles team in New England and the No. 14 doubles team in the country alongside freshman Libby Rickeman.