CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT sailing teams had a spectacular showing this past weekend at the Hatch Brown Trophy and the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. The nationally-ranked No. 13 coed squad placed second out of 18 entries at the Hatch Brown competition while the women's team was fifth of 20 at the Mrs. Hurst regatta.
Junior skipper Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.) and senior crew Steph Tong (Hong Kong, China) placed second in the B Division of the Hatch Brown Trophy behind the strength of 10 top-five finishes, including three first-place performances. In all, the duo ranked in the top 10 in 13 out of 16 rounds. The Engineers bolstered the final standings by placing sixth in the A and C Divisions. The A Division pair of senior Eamon Glackin (Huntington, N.Y.) and junior Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas) was in the top five on seven occasions with victories in the first, ninth, 10th, and 16th rounds. Senior David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and sophomore Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) teamed up for 12 top-10 placements, with seven occurring in the top five.
The College of Charleston was the overall winner with Roger Williams University, St. Mary's College (Md.), and Boston College rounding out the top five. The Hatch Brown Trophy honors Harold Brown, the former MIT Sailing Master, who was the "A" Division low-point skipper in the 1959 Dinghy Nationals for Boston University and is a member of the ISCA Hall of Fame.
Hosted by Dartmouth, a lack of wind at Mascoma Lake only allowed four rounds of the Mrs. Hurst Bowl to be held. The B Division team of freshman Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and senior Jacqueline Soegaard (San Juan, Puerto Rico) captured third place by ranking fifth in the opening race, followed by a pair of fourth-place finishes, and then a final outing at 11th. In the A Division, senior Katii Gullick (Portland, Maine) and sophomore Grace Young (Bethesda, Md.) got off to a rough start with consecutive 16th place finishes. The pair bounced back by capturing first and second place to close out the weekend eighth in the standings.
The Mrs. Hurst Bowl honors the wife of the former Dartmouth coach whose support of Dartmouth sailors is legendary. Connecticut College took top honors with 47 points, followed by Yale (49), Bowdoin College (53), Brown (54), and MIT (59).