No. 11 Coed Sailing Qualifies for ICSA National Semifinals

No. 11 Coed Sailing Qualifies for ICSA National Semifinals
Head Coach Matt Lindblad, senior Andrew Sommer, senior Eben Freeman, freshman Jeremy Kalas, senior Kelden Pehr, senior David Alfonso, senior Mark Van De Loo, senior Steven Drapcho, and senior Philip Crain

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT coed sailing team earned a spot at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Semifinal Dinghy Championship by finishing in seventh place at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Dinghy Championship this past weekend. The Engineers will travel to Norfolk, Va. to compete in the postseason regatta hosted by Hampton University on April 27-28. In additional action, MIT's coed unit captured sixth place at the Oberg Trophy while the No. 13 women's team was 11th at the Emily Wick Trophy.

Seniors Philip Crain (Houston, Texas) and Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.) generated a third-place finish out of 18 teams in the B Division of the NEISA Dinghy Championship. The duo won the seventh and 14th races, was the runner-up in the 10th rotation, claimed third in the third and ninth rounds, finished fourth in the 12th and 15th outings, and ranked sixth on four occasions. In the A Division, seniors Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.), Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland), and Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas) finished 12th after making eight top-10 appearances. Highlights for the trio included second place in the opening round and fourth place in the seventh and eighth rotations.

At the Oberg Trophy, freshman David Larson (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) ranked fifth in the A Division as they recorded top-10 placements in all 12 rounds. The pair was third in the fourth and eighth rotations, fourth in the first, ninth, and 10th races, and fifth in the second, third, and fifth outings. Freshman Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) and Brooke Winslow secured 10th place out of 16 squads in the B Division on the strength of 11 top-10 rankings. The duo was second in the fifth race, sixth in the eighth round, and totaled five seventh-place performances.

Juniors Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) clinched 11th place in the B Division of the Emily Wick Trophy. The tandem was the runner-up in the third race, third in the fourth and 12th rounds, and fifth in the opening rotation. Sophomore Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), freshman Rosalind Lesh (Everson, Wash.), and senior Taylor Burfield (Naples, Fla.) collaborated for a 12th place finish among 18 teams in the A Division. The trio entered the top 10 in eight of 12 rounds as they won the last outing, captured second place in the 13th race, ranked fourth in the eighth rotation, and claimed sixth place on two occasions.

MIT maintains a full slate of action for the upcoming weekend as it will host the Tech Invitational and Priddy Trophy on Saturday, April 20 while traveling to the two-day Admiral's Cup and Women's New England Championship.