April 8, 2013

Sailing Has Solid Showing at Trio of Regattas

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT coed sailing team captured ninth place at the Marchiando/Friis Trophy and third at the Central Series Three while the No. 13 women's team claimed eighth place at the President's Trophy this past weekend.

At the Marchiando/Friis Trophy, the Engineers were represented by seniors Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.), Philip Crain (Houston, Texas), and David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) as skippers while the crews were comprised of seniors Taylor Burfield (Naples, Fla.), Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland), Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas), Mark Van de Loo (Eau Claire, Wis.), and freshmen Christopher Ford (Millbrae, Calif.) and Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.). In Saturday's action of the Lynne Marchiando Trophy, MIT compiled a ledger of 7-7 following round-robin victories over Stanford, Boston College, Navy, Roger Williams University, and Vermont. The next day in the Silver round robins of the Friis Team Race, the Engineers went 9-3 to finish ninth out of 15 teams as they defeated Boston University, Connecticut College, Navy, Rhode Island, and Roger Williams.

In both divisions of the Central Series Three, MIT registered top-10 placements in all 10 rounds en route to a ranking of third out of 10 teams. Freshman Joseph Paggi (Bayville, N.J.), Brooke Winslow, and Scarlett Koller collaborated for a runner-up performance in the A Division as they won four races, were third in the fifth round, and captured fourth in the fourth rotation. The B Division unit of freshmen William Livernois (Newman, Ga.) and Cali Warner (Dartmouth, Mass.) along with sophomore Sara Falcone (Anchorage, Alaska) also generated six top-five rankings, highlighted by a victory in the sixth outing and third-place spots in the second and eighth rounds.

Led by the B Division team of freshmen Rosalind Lesh (Everson, Wash.) and Kayla Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.), the No. 13 women's team was eighth of 17 squads at the President's Trophy. The pair finished sixth as they won the sixth race, was the runner-up in the 11th round, captured third in the fifth and 10th rotations, and secured seventh place in the fourth outing. In the A Division, sophomore Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.) and freshman Audrey Olshefsky (White, Wash.) ranked 12th on the strength of seven top-10 performances which featured second-place finishes in the ninth and 12th races along with fourth place in the fourth round.

Next up for MIT will be its Midweek Firefly Invitational on Tuesday, April 9, followed by the Women's Emily Wick Trophy, the New England Dinghy Championship, and the Oberg Trophy that are slated for the upcoming weekend.