September 12, 2011

Sailing Records Solid Opening Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT sailing team kicked off its season by competing in three events this past weekend. The Engineers captured fifth place out of 20 teams at the Harry Anderson Trophy, finished ninth at the Toni Deutsch Trophy, and ranked third and fourth at the Harvard Invitational.

Senior skipper Eamon Glackin (Huntington, N.Y.) and junior crew Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas) placed second in the opening round of the Harry Anderson Trophy and went on to record three more top five finishes en route to a sixth place performance in the A Division. Junior Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.) collaborated with senior Steph Tong (Honk Kong, China) and junior Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.) to rank eighth in the B Division while posting five top 10 performances. Sommer, the skipper for all 10 rounds, earned the top spot in the ninth rotation with Drapcho and was third in the second heat with Tong.

Wisconsin earned top honors in the event with 138 points, followed by Harvard (147), host Yale (148), Boston College (164), and MIT (173).

Competing in its lone home event, senior captain Jacqueline Soegaard (San Juan, Puerto Rico) guided a young women's squad to ninth place at the Toni Deutsch Trophy. In the A Division, sophomores Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Grace Young (Bethesda, Md.) ranked sixth behind the strength of 10 top five performances. The duo was first in the 16th round and captured fourth on four occasions. Freshman skipper Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) teamed with Soegaard in the first 18 rounds of B Division action while freshman Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.) and sophomore Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) closed out the race for the Engineers who ranked eighth. The quartet finished in the top 10 in 19 of 26 rounds and had seven placements in the top five.

Brown edged out Boston College by three points to win the event while Yale, Roger Williams University, and Dartmouth rounded out the top five. The trophy honors Toni Deutsch '58, a distinguished alumna who was a member of the sailing team which won several national championships and was the first woman to receive a varsity letter at MIT.

In the one day four-team Harvard Invitational MIT entered two squads, the Engineers and the Beavers, which placed third and fourth respectively. Tufts University won the competition with 47 points while the host Crimson came in second.

The Engineers' A Division boat comprised of senior Tevis Nichols (Skylonder, Calif.) and fellow classmate Neil Forrester (Falmouth, Mass.) placed third with 42 points while senior Santiago Cuellar (Bogota, Colombia) and junior David Rodriguez Fuentes (Tallahassee, Fla.) accumulated 48 points to finish fourth in the B Division.

Senior Javier Ramos (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and freshman Nicholas Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) totaled 60 points in their fourth place A Division outing. Junior Taylor Burfield (Naples, Fla.) and sophomore Patricia Saylor (Bremerton, Wash.) wrapped up the race with 40 points and a third place finish in the B Division.