October 8, 2012

No. 14 Sailing Competes at NEISA Match Racing Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT sailing team captured fifth place in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Match Racing Championship and was 15th in the Moody Trophy, both of which were held this past weekend despite facing poor wind conditions on Sunday.

Senior Philip Crain (Houston, Texas), freshmen David Larson (San Diego, Calif.) and Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.), along with sophomore Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.) generated a 3-4 ledger during round robin action of the NEISA Match Racing Championship. The performance was good enough to put the Engineers in the quarterfinal round where they fell to Yale, the eventual champion, 2-1.

At the Moody Trophy, seniors Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.) and Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.) captured third place in the A Division by entering the top 10 in seven of eight rounds. The duo won the sixth race after earning a runner-up spot in the previous outing and clinched fifth place in the fourth and eighth rotations. In the B Division, sophomore Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and senior Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland) ranked 16th as their best performance was 10th place which came in the sixth round.

This weekend, MIT will host the Firefly and FJ Invite and will travel to the Women's Intersectional at Yale and the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth.