October 17, 2010

Sailing Takes Seventh at Navy Fall Intersectional Regatta

Cambridge, Mass. – Junior Philip Crain led the MIT sailing team to a seventh place finish this weekend at an intersectional  regatta of twenty squads, hosted by the Navy Midshipmen.  

Crain sailed his boat to a third place finish in the final of four divisions. He placed in the top six in 16 of the 20 heats raced over the two-day regatta, including crossing the finish line first in four of the rounds. He amassed just 95 points, putting him comfortably in third place and just three back of the second place boat from Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges.

Sophomore David Alfonso was also a key contributor to the strong day by the Engineers. Alfonso skippered the C-Division boat single-handedly and placed eighth in the pack, helped by two first place finishes and a second-place showing. Alfonso was in the top-seven finishers nine times, and ended the weekend with a total of 168 points.

Andrew Sommer skippered the A-Division boat to a 16th place showing. The sophomore most often teamed up with his classmate Mark Van De Loo and the tandem had their best success late in the regatta, with second place and fourth place showings. Reguli Granger and Stephanie Tong also stepped in to spell Van De Loo for a few races.

Granger spent most of her weekend sailing under junior Eamon Glackin in the B-Division entry for the Engineers. Glackin, who also got help from Ellie Hass, position MIT's boat 10th in their runs, grabbing 13 top ten finishes, including top spot in the third heat of Saturday afternoon.

St. Mary's College of Maryland sailed the most consistent afternoon en route to an overall victory in the regatta. The Seahawks topped second-placed College of Charleston by 99 points, thought the Cougars of Charleston had the best individual showing of the afternoon with a 68-point dismantling of the D-Division. The Georgetown Hoyas were third, while Brown and the host Midshipmen rounded out the top five.