CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its return to the water, the nationally-ranked No. 10 coed sailing team captured fourth place out of 15 teams at the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Engineers also competed in the Sharpe Trophy were they finished in eighth place.
The tandem of skipper Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.) and crew Steph Tong (Hong Kong, China) tied Yale for second place in the A Division of the Eckerd Intersectional. They won the second and eighth rounds, were second in the ninth and 10th races, and clinched third place in the fourth, fifth, and seventh rotations. In the B Division, senior Eamon Glackin (Huntington, N.Y.) and junior Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas) secured fourth place courtesy of eight top-five finishes out of 10 rounds. The duo was runner-ups in races three through five and ranked third in the first, eighth, and 10th rotations.
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy won the event with a score of 54, followed by College of Charleston (62), Yale (65), and MIT (69).
At the Sharpe Trophy held at MIT's Walter C. Wood '17 Sailing Pavilion, the Engineers were unable to pick up a victory in 14 rounds of action. The Cardinal and Gray's skippers were senior Tevis Nichols (Skylonder, Calif.), freshman Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), junior Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.), and sophomore Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) while its crews were comprised of juniors Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland), Taylor Burfield (Naples, Fla.) and Soraya Shehata (Bethesda, Md.) and senior Jacqueline Soegaard (San Juan, Puerto Rico).
Connecticut College clinched the top spot with a record of 14-3, followed by Dartmouth (11-6) and Tufts University (10-7).