ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The MIT co-ed sailing team took first place out of a nine-school field last weekend at the Mendelbatt Team Race hosted by Eckerd College. MIT beat College of Charleston 2-1 in the final head to head races to capture the title on Sunday in South Florida.
With the victory in the finals, MIT avenged two losses to College of Charleston earlier in the competition. The event combined teams from the northeast, including MIT, Salve Regina and Boston University, with schools from Florida and even California.
MIT did not take part in the three preliminary rounds on Saturday, but went directly into the two gold rounds on Sunday. There the top six schools competed in two rounds of head to head racing with the top four advancing to the semi-finals. MIT compiled a 6-4 record over the two rounds, twice beating University of Southern Florida and University of California Santa Barbara. They also notched single wins over Salve Regina and University of California Irvine, but could not beat Charleston in either round.
Tech did earn a spot in the final-four, a best out of three race-off against UC Santa Barbara, who they dismissed 2-0. College of Charleston did the same against Salve to set up the final contest.
Junior Eamon Glackin and sophomore Andrew Sommer skippered every race for MIT. Sophomore Philip Crain skippered the first three races, middle, three and all of the final fours and championship races, while freshman David Alfonso skippered races four thru six and race ten. Crewing the boats for every race was sophomores Kelden Pehr and Reguli Granger. Junior Steph Toug also crewed every race but the tenth, when she was spelled by junior Jacqueline Soegaard.