MIT Competes in Midweek Firefly Invite

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With six entries in the Midweek Firefly Invite, the MIT sailing team captured 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 17th place out of 18 boats on Tuesday afternoon. Tufts University claimed the top two spots while Northeastern was third.

"Engineers 1", comprised of sophomore David Perez (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and freshman Victoria Stivanello (Douglaston, N.Y.), was 10th overall as they came in fifth in the fourth round and ninth in the fifth race. Freshmen Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.) and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) used placements of sixth and seventh in the first two rotations to rank 12th as junior Sarah Mountjoy (Melbourne, Australia) and Aleksandra Kalinowska came in next on the strength of a ninth-place performance in the second race.

Bolstered by a fourth-place finish in the final rotation, freshman Noam Buckman (Atlanta, Ga.) and Scarlett Koller clinched 14th while freshmen Jamila Smith-Dell (Medford, Mass.) and Alissa Borshchenko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished 10th and 11th in the first two races en route to 15th overall. Sophomores Matthew Vernacchia (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Christina Wettersten (Palo Alto, Calif.) rounded out the squad in 17th place as they bounced back from a trio of tough outings to place seventh and 10th in the last two rotations.

This weekend, MIT's nationally-ranked No. 11 coed team will compete in the New England Dinghy Championship and Oberg Trophy while the No. 13 women's squad will do battle at the Emily Wick Trophy.