CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Shining in its own backyard, the MIT sailing team placed second out of 12 teams at the Northeastern-Tech Invite on Saturday. Freshman skipper Mark Van De Loo and sophomore crew Roberto Melendez led the B-Division with a score of 16, missing first place by just two points to overall winner Tufts University.
The duo finished in the top four in all eight rounds as winds along the Charles River started very shifty before settling into a 5-10 knot east-to-southeast breeze in the third tilt. Racing along the W4 and W3 courses amid beautiful sunny conditions, Van De Loo and Melendez placed first or second in all but one battle.
The A-Division team of sophomore skipper Neil Forrester and junior crew Teresa Giblin also sparkled, finishing third with a score of 36. Forrester and Giblin won the first and fifth rounds, while closing with five top-five finishes.
Following Tufts and MIT, Bowdoin College, Harvard University, and Dartmouth College rounded out the top five.
Meanwhile, MIT proved solid at the Admiral's Cup hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. The Engineers finished ninth out of 18 entries, led by skippers Joshua Leighton, Eamon Glackin, and Philip Crain, and crew Victoria Lee, Lisa Schlecht, and David Alfonso. Leighton and Lee finished fifth in the 'A' circuit. Glackin and Schlecht placed seventh in the 'B' group; and Crain and Alfonso closed in 11th in the C-Division.
The Cardinal and Gray also finished 11th out of 13 teams at the Women's New England Championship Reed Trophy hosted by Brown University. Competing for the Engineers were skippers Katie Gullick and Jamie Curran and crew Jillian Reddy and Claire DeRosa. Brown, which won the event, and second-place Harvard, advanced to Women's National Finals at the University of Wisconsin, while Boston College, Connecticut College, Tufts, Yale University, and Dartmouth College all advanced to the semifinals in May.
At the Boston University Trophy, MIT placed 11th out of 13 teams. Racing for MIT were skippers Tevis Nichols and Steve Drapcho and crew Charles Field, Alix de Monts, Kelden Pehr, and Teresa Giblin. The 'B' team of Drapcho, Pehr, and Giblin finished eighth in their circuit with a pair of second-place marks. University of Vermont won the event with a score of 52. Vermont's second team, BU, Providence College, and Tufts rounded out the top five.