May 2, 2010

By George, Sailors Rank Fourth at Morris Trophy

BOSTON, Mass.  – In one of its steadier outings of the campaign, the MIT sailing team finished fourth out of 15 teams at the George Morris Trophy hosted by Boston University this past weekend. Both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions each scored a 45 to land safely ahead of Brown University, which totaled a 112 overall.

Freshmen stars David Alfonso and Kelden Pehr won the first and third tilts of the nine rounds and placed in the top five in three other races. The “B’ team of Andrew Sommer and Charles Field won two rounds and finished in the top five among the first six races. Steven Drapcho and Claire DeRosa also competed, placing eighth in the last round.

Glistening sunshine adorned the Charles River as the teams battled in mostly east-to-northeast winds of 3-8 knots. Temperatures ranged in the low 70’s on the first day and grew warmer on Sunday.

With a score of 68, The U.S. Coast Guard Academy won the event by a point over BU, as Roger Williams University rounded out the top three.

MIT will compete in the New England Team Racing Championship at Salve Regina University next weekend.