CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT sailing team saw one of its three entries win the Firefly and FJ Invitational while it finished 15th overall at the Yale Women's Intersectional held this past weekend. The remaining participants in the Firefly and FJ Invitational ranked 11th and 14th out of 17 squads.
Freshman Christopher Ford (Millbrae, Calif.) and senior Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland) secured first place in the A Division of the Firefly and FJ Invitational by winning four rounds and recording four more top-five performances. The B Division tandem of freshman William Livernois (Newman, Ga.) and sophomore Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) also finished atop the standings as they won four rotations, were the runner-up in four races, and ranked fifth in the third round.
MIT's 11th place team, which finished 11th in both divisions, was comprised of freshmen Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.) and Audrey Olshefsky (White, Wash.) in the A Division and senior David Rodriguez (Tallahassee, Fla.) and freshman Kayla Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) in the B Division. Kalas and Olshefsky entered the top 10 in four of the nine rounds as they clinched second and third place in the third and fourth rotations. Rodriguez and Ngan also had four top-10 outings, highlighted by third and fourth place in the second and fifth races.
The Engineers' final contingent featured freshmen Marina Crowe (Swarthmore, Pa.) and Victoria Stivanello (Douglaston, N.Y.), along with junior Sarah Mountjoy (Melbourne, Australia) in the A Division. The trio ranked fourth and 10th in the second and fifth rounds, respectively, en route to 15th place in their division. The B Division unit had five top-10 performances en route to 13th place with their best showing being sixth place in the fifth rotation.
At the Yale Women's Intersectional, sophomore Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) along with juniors Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) and Keren Gu (Bowie, Md.) claimed third place out of 20 teams in the A Division. Of the seven completed rounds, the boat posted five top-10 finishes including a victory in the opening race and third place in the next rotation. Junior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Brooke Winslow, and senior Soraya Shehata (Bethesda, Md.) were 19th in the B Division with their best outings being 13th and 14th place.
Next up for MIT will be hosting its second Midweek Tech Invite of the year, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17.