New London, Conn. – The MIT co-ed sailing team has qualified for the ACC Championships thanks to a seventh place finish at the 70th Erwin Schell Trophy this past weekend. The top eight finishers at the event received an automatic spot in the Championships, to be raced the weekend of November 13-14 at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
At the Schell Trophy, the Engineers took 152 points in each of their divisions for the seventh place spot in the 18-boat field.
Ten races were sailed on Saturday, all by Andrew Sommer and Stephanie Tong for MIT's B Division boat, which started the weekend off with a first heat victory. On Sunday, eight more races were run and Philip Crain and Mark Van De Loo joined the crew. The team, which raced to seven top-five finishes, grabbed an eighth place ranking in their division at the end of the day.
MIT also placed eighth in the A Division, with all of the heats skippered by junior Eamon Glackin. Ellie Hass assisted on the majority of the heats, 13 of which saw Tech finish in the top ten boats, including a second place showing. Sophomore Stephen Drapcho came in to sail the final two races of Sunday afternoon with Glackin.
This year the Erwin Schell Trophy was hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy on the Thames River in Connecticut. It marked the first time in 70 years that the Erwin Schell Trophy was sailed outside of MIT.
At the Victorian Coffee Urn, hosted by Connecticut College, the women's sailing squad finished in 14th place in the 18-boat field, but was unable to qualify for the women's ACC Championships.
Freshman Hanna Vincent and senior Jillian Reddy took 12th in the B Division after placing fourth in the 9th of 12 heats over the weekend. Juniors Katii Gullick and Reguli Granger paired together to compete in the A Division and finished in 16th place, notching 3 top-8 finishes along the way.
The Boston College Eagles were victorious in both regattas, with Harvard also placing in the top three at each event.