NEWPORT, RI – The MIT co-ed sailing team travelled to Salve Regina University this weekend and came home with an eighth place finish in the Wood Trophy. The conference regatta was contested over two days and featured twelve boats from eleven schools across the New England region. MIT finished with 169 points.
MIT's B-Division boat, led by upperclassmen, sailed to a sixth place finish in their division on 71 total points. Senior Claire DeRosa and junior Hannah Sparkman sailed the first six of twelve races before giving way to juniors Katii Gullick and Jacqueline Sooegard. DeRosa and Sparkman sailed to two third place finishes and the boat never finished out of the top ten, finishing ninth just once and seventh three times. Gullick and Sooegard managed a third and a fourth place finish of their own.
The Engineers A Boat placed eighth , totaling a sum of 98 points. Junior Tevis Nichols and first-year Grace Young took the helm for the first eight races and the final four were sailed by sophomores Steven Drabcho and Eben Freeman. The pair of second years had the best finish of the weekend for MIT, winning their division in the eleventh race. They also had a third place showing in their first race in the boats. Nichols and Young saw their best result in a sixth place finish in race number seven.
The Tufts Jumbos did not win either division, but were consistent enough to win the event with 84 points. Brown, who dominated the B-Division, took second overall (87) points while one of the host Salve Regina's two boats took third on 89 points overall.
The Engineers will prepare to leave for their spring break trip, which will take them to several races at the University of Southern Florida.