CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT sailing team finished ninth and 11th out of 13 teams in the fourth annual Dark of Night Invitational on Thursday. The Engineers squared off with three squads from Tufts University, two from Northeastern and New Hampshire, and entries from Brown, Brandeis University, Connecticut, and Johnson & Wales University.
Sophomores Matthew Vernacchia (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Brian Belding (Woodstown, N.J.) captured sixth place in the B Division en route to MIT's ninth place performance. The duo was seventh and ninth in the first two rounds and then finished the evening by claiming third. Freshmen Lisa Archibald (Istanbul, Turkey) and Kayla Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) were ninth in the A Division as they registered back-to-back 11th place outings before securing eighth in the final rotation.
Freshmen Jamila Smith-Dell (Medford, Mass.) and Victoria Stivanello (Douglaston, N.Y.) paced MIT's second unit in the B Division as they were 10th courtesy of a pair of 11th-place performances following an opening round ranking of sixth. Junior Sarah Mountjoy (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Zack Drach (Wilmington, N.C.) were 11th in the A Division. The tandem was ninth in the first race, dipped to 13th in the next outing, and then jumped up to third in the final round.