Sailing Nabs 5th Place Finish at Rhode Island, Send Two Men to New Englands

Cambridge, Mass. – The MIT co-ed sailing team grabbed a fifth place finish this past weekend at the 2010 Moody Trophy hosted by the University of Rhode Island. The Engineers used 13 top ten finishes to finish fifth out of the eighteen schools that competed.

Junior Eamon Glackin and senior Ellie Hass had the most success on the day for the Engineers, capturing the school's only victory in the fifth head of the B-Division, in which they finished fourth. Second place showings in the final two of the thirteen races ensured the Engineer's boat would finish with 98 points.

Sophomore Andrew Sommer skippered the A-Division boat to its best finish, 4th, in the first heat. Sommer, along with Reguli Granger, Mark Van de Loo and Stephanie Tong, also had a fifth place and two seventh place finishes en route to finishing 11th in their Division.

The Yale University Bulldogs ran away with the event, taking just 52 points in the B-Division and winning with 131 total. The Harvard Crimson, who took 57 points to win the A-Division were second while St. Mary's finished third.

At Yale University, David Alfonso and Philip Crain represented the Engineers at the Men's Singlehanded New England Qualifiers.

Alfonso took one victory and two second place finishes, placing fifth in the 20-man field. His worst finish (11th) was the only time he was out of the top ten, and he would have finished higher but was hurt by a disqualification in the next to last race.

Crain sailed a consistent afternoon, only three times outside of the top ten finishers. The junior got stronger as the afternoon went on, finishing with a third and then a second place showing to propel him to eighth place overall.

Freshman Cam Cullman of host Yale won the event.