October 3, 2011

No. 11 Sailing Has Fine Outing in Three Events

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT co-ed sailing team captured eighth place out of 20 squads at the Danmark Trophy while its entries finished in fourth and fifth place at the Charles River Invitational this past weekend. In addition, sophomore Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) secured 10th place at the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship.

Hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the two-day Danmark Trophy featured fluctuating wind conditions that resulted in the completion of 13 rounds of action. The B Division boat comprised of junior skipper Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.) and senior crew Steph Tong (Hong Kong, China) clinched third place behind the strength of 11 top 10 performances, including a victory in the fourth round. Senior Eamon Glackin (Huntington, N.Y.) and junior Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas) collaborated for 14th place in the A Division as they cracked the top 10 on five occasions.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges won the event while Tufts University, Yale, Connecticut College, and Wisconsin rounded out the top five.

The wind was less favorable for the Charles River Invitational as it yielded only five races on Sunday. MIT's entries, the "Engineers" and the "Beavers", placed fourth and fifth respectively out of 15 teams. For the Engineers, senior Javier Ramos (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and sophomore Leo Zhou (Changshu, China) used a trio of fifth-place performances to rank sixth in the B Division. Senior Neil Forrester (Falmouth, Mass.) and sophomore Keren Gu (Bowie, Md.) finished in the top 10 in all five rounds, including a third-place performance in their last outing, to clinch seventh in the A Division.

The Beavers' A Division boat of freshmen Nicholas Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) and Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) generated four top 10 placements en route to a sixth-place finish as the pair was fourth and second in the first two rounds. Fellow classmates Zack Drach (Wilmington, N.C.) and Sara Falcone (Anchorage, Alaska) opened the day by placing 10th and then alternated sixth and eighth-place rankings to finish seventh in the B Division.

Vermont took top honors with 31 points, followed by Boston University (34), Bowdoin College (61), the Engineers (70), and the Beavers (74).

Vincent was MIT's lone representative at the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship hosted by Yale University. Despite inconsistent wind on the Long Island Sound, she registered six top 10 performances to place 10th out of 15 competitors. Vincent kicked off the weekend by ranking seventh in the first two rounds, sixth in the next rotation, and fifth in the fourth race. She tacked on another sixth-place finish before capturing fourth in the 11th outing of the regatta.

On Saturday, the Cardinal and Gray were slated to host the Professor George Warren Smith Trophy, but poor wind conditions resulted in the cancellation of the event.