October 26, 2009

Alfonso, Reddy Take Third in ‘C’ Circuit as MIT Finishes Eighth Overall at Oberg Trophy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Making a big splash at the 132nd Oberg Trophy, C-Division skipper David Alfonso and crew Jillian Reddy posted a stunning third-place finish in their circuit as host and nationally-ranked No. 20 MIT slotted eighth overall out of 17 teams on Sunday.

With a fresh 8-14 knot west-to-north-west breeze swirling along the Charles River, Alfonso and Reddy placed atop the board three times while amassing six top-five finishes among the 12 races in their group. After a slow start in which it finished 16th and 14th in the second and third tilts, Tech’s dynamic duo poured it on in the next nine rounds, slotting no worse than fifth after the seventh round.

B-Division skipper Phil Crain and crew Lisa Schlecht opened with two first-place marks and finished ninth in their circuit, while A-Division leader Eamon Glackin and Kelden Pehr placed 10th, scoring two sixth-place slots in the latter rounds and a third-place mark in an earlier race.

Dartmouth College won the event with a total score of 209. Rounding out the top five were Salve Regina University, University of Vermont, Roger Williams University, and Tufts University. As the top team in Greater Boston, Tufts won the Greater Boston Seasonal Championship, which is entwined with the Oberg Trophy that honors the late Northeastern team advisor Rudolph Oberg.